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Biotech Could Miss a Multi-Billion Dollar Opportunity in Rare Disease


Drug development is expensive.  Drug development is risky.  Drug development takes a long time. The key to changing this is leveraging the fact that no one is more motivated to eliminate rare disease than those who are directly affected by it. I know this because, as the founder of Give RARE, I have talked to parents of children with Tay Sachs disease who know their children will die within a few years unless something changes.  Read More >

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Op-Ed: As I Lay Dying

Former staff writer for the LA Times Laurie Becklund shares her experience ‘climbing ladders and falling down chutes’ as a metastatic breast cancer patient in this powerful op-ed. Becklund died in February, but left behind insights on how to improve the care and treatment of life-threatening diseases based on her first-hand experience. Becklund advocates for the creation of a ‘new system of data collection and an open, online, broad-range database about patient histories.’ This information Read More >

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Know Any Biotech Superheroes?

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Every day, countless men and women are working tirelessly to heal, fuel and feed the world using the tools of biotechnology. Thanks to their achievements, patients have enjoyed incredible medical advances in the past few decades. HIV, once a near-certain death sentence, is now a manageable chronic condition. Farmers around the globe are enjoying greater crop yields while using less land and pesticides thanks to GMO crops. And advanced biofuels provide us with cleaner fuel Read More >

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Seizing Academic Breakthroughs in Japan

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Japanese universities and universities around the Asia Pacific region are entering into unique evolving partnerships with biopharmaceutical companies. Universities are also exploring incubator and other models with company partners to deliver the next wave of biotechnology innovations. With a focus on collaborative projects between industry and academia, this year’s BIO Asia conference will attract universities and national/public institutes and their biopharma partners to come together to discuss their latest partnering models, an integral growth opportunity Read More >

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Paying the Price for Poorly Harmonized Regulations Around GM Crops


At the beginning of December 2014, the Genetic Literacy Project launched a 6-part series to better educate the public about the misinformation around GMOs.   Its GMO: Beyond the Science series provides briefs that present another dimension to the GMO debate. The goal of the series is to stimulate a public discussion on genetic modification based on science, not fear. The fourth brief as part of the series takes a look at how  regulations are hampering the potential for biotechnology to contribute to Read More >

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