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Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger: Takeaways from Partnering For Cures 2012

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The chorus to Kanye West’s 2007 chart-topper Stronger can teach us volumes about speeding drug development. Harder:  Drug development is challenging.  It takes over 10 years and more than $1 billon to bring a therapy through the product pipeline, from the research lab to clinical trials to FDA approval to prescription to patients suffering from the disease. The FDA approved over 30 innovative drugs last year, including more than 10 new treatments for cancer—a good Read More >

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FDASIA: A Step Forward for Patients

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Earlier this year, Congress passed and President Obama signed the FDA Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) which included a re-authorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA). PDUFA provides essential funding to the FDA by authorizing the agency to charge user fees to companies seeking to have products reviewed. Originally enacted in 1992, it must be reauthorized every 5 years. Sara Radcliffe, executive vice president of health at BIO, moderated a panel of experts and advocates Read More >

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Delivering on the Promise of Personalized Medicine

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As sequencing moves out of the lab and into the clinic, a host of players must get involved to make our collective promises of personalized medicine a reality. CEOs, entrepreneurs, researchers, clinicians, regulators and payers need to work together to take on the next challenges in the implementation of personalized medicine. Some of those challenges include: Cost vs. Benefit: How do we define and benefit from transformational technologies? Form vs. Function: What about the less Read More >

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Fast Food vs. Fuel

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The National Council of Chain Restaurants, a member of the Smarter Fuel Future coalition that includes national petroleum refining and meat producer trade groups, recently launched a new front in the effort to dismantle the Renewable Fuel Standard. The group released a study compiled by PricewaterhouseCoopers, an editorial in the Wall Street Journal and followed up with a round of lobbying on Capitol Hill. The claims made in the NCCR-funded report are at best unrealistic. Read More >

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Whole Genome Sequencing and Myriad Supreme Court Case: Nothing to See Here

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Bio IT World just published an article stating that the Myriad Supreme Court case will have little to no effect on whole genome sequencing. “As WGS involves determining the sequence of an individual’s entire genome, there is concern in many quarters that WGS could violate essentially every patent covering an isolated human DNA sequence—of which there are thousands. Indeed, this concern has been raised by scholars, policy analysts and lawyers, including before the Federal Circuit Read More >

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