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New Report Shows Strength of Massachusetts’ Biotech Industry

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If you read this blog, there’s a good chance you already know that Massachusetts is one of the biggest biotech hubs in the world. The Commonwealth’s successes in biotech economic development can be attributed to a number of things. Perhaps foremost, its world-class universities, such as MIT and Harvard, continue to churn out the innovation that keeps venture groups interested. Meanwhile, established biotechs and Big Pharma continue to focus more and more R&D work in Read More >

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The Importance of Encouraging Adult Vaccination This Fall

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As National Immunization Awareness Month ends and flu season approaches, many adults around the country are making plans to get their annual influenza vaccine.  In recent years, awareness of the need for influenza vaccination among adults has increased, however, immunization rates among US adults to prevent other vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) is still well below current public health goals.  While getting an influenza vaccine is a great first step, we still have a long way to Read More >

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Finding Value in Early Stage Collaborations at the BIO Technology Transfer Symposium

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The BIO Technology Transfer Symposium dissects recent academia-industry collaborations and evaluates the value in early stage biotechnology investments.  The event occurs in San Francisco on October 8th ahead of the BIO Investor Forum and provides a unique opportunity for bringing academia, industry, and the investment community together. This year’s event is headlined by Tom Thornton from the Cleveland Clinic, a leading academic medical center.  The first panel highlights the collaboration between Duke Translational Research Institute Read More >

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“Organic Food Has Almost No Evidence Showing Health Benefits”

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A new study published in this month’s Annals of Internal Medicine comparing organic and conventionally grown food calls into question whether higher-priced of organic foods offer any real benefits. Dr. Aaron E. Carroll is an associate professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine and the director of the University’s Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research.  He posted a blog on the recent study on CNN.com:  I like to joke that the Read More >

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Strong IP Protection is Critical Component of Trade Agreement

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The next round of discussion on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) began yesterday in nearby Leesburg, VA.  The TPP currently includes eleven countries (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, U.S. and Vietnam) and other countries in the region, such as Japan and Korea, may join in the future. The TPP will set an important precedent for global trade rules.  It is described by the U.S. Trade Representative as “an ambitious, 21st-century … Read More >

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