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Bringing Hope to Patients

Jim Greenwood

No-one expected Hope Bartley to survive after she was born three months early. Thanks to extraordinary biotech medicine, she did. Alena Galan, age 14, is one of only a few thousand patients with a rare disease called MPS. Thanks to the hard work of leading biotech scientists and the approval of a new treatment, she now has a chance to lead a normal life. Lori Lober experienced the unthinkable when she was diagnosed with Stage Read More >

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From Despair to Hope, a New World of Treatments

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By David Welch, President and Senior Producer, M2 MultiMedia Communications Tonight, Wednesday March 28 at 9:00 EST, a documentary called From Despair to Hope, A New World of Treatments, will be broadcast on WUSA-TV, the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C.  It is sponsored by the Biotechnology Industry Organization. For me, producing this program was a yet another profound reminder of the contributions of biotechnology companies that are helping millions of patients throughout the world live hopeful Read More >

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Dealing with Rejection, the Regulatory Kind

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The ubiquitous CRL in biotech has made its way into the news headlines again. But is the Complete Response Letter a game-changing hurdle for a biotech, or is it par for the course these days? It turns out that almost half of NDA/BLA filings get rejected by the FDA on the 1st round. However, most companies resubmit their application, and by the 2nd review 75% of drugs gain FDA approval. After heading for a 3rd Read More >

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Synthetic Biology Survey Requires Industry Response

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The Woodrow Wilson Synthetic Biology Project has released a public survey soliciting opinions on synthetic biology. It is a follow up to a recent paper on synthetic biology released in Nature, and it is filled with biased questions that revive some of the oldest misconceptions about the biotechnology industry. The results of the survey are expected to be released in May 2012. BIO is encouraging members of the industry to participate in the survey and Read More >

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Building a Better Cherry Blossom

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The March 22 edition of the Huffington Post features a USDA video about DC’s famous cherry trees and what’s being done to improve them. The video features United States Department of Agriculture research geneticist Margaret Pooler, who says that scientists are now looking for ways to make cherry trees hardier – including breeding and developing trees that are disease resistant and that are well-suited for city environments. The brief video explains the origin of DC’s Read More >

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