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Kenneth Thorpe: America Subsidizes Medical Innovation for World

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Kenneth Thorpe, chairman of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease and a former deputy assistant secretary for Health Policy at HHS, wrote a post for The Hill this week pointing out what is left unstated in many current discussions about the price of innovative medicines and treatments: other nations aren’t paying their fair share for medical advancements, driving up the costs here at home: Patients throughout the globe benefit from the pharmaceuticals, medical devices and Read More >

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Borlaug Successor Helps Carry on Green Revolution

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“I believe that the challenges of 21st-century agriculture and food production are surmountable compared to the past and can be overcome provided we can bring together new knowledge and delivery systems to farmers in a very sustainable manner…It will require all the resources from international research centers, national governments, foundations, NGOs and farmer groups together to synergize future agricultural technologies and food production.” – Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram, 2014 World Food Prize Winner World Food Prize Read More >

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BIO Investor Forum Closing Plenary: How Fragile is the Biotech Rally After Five Positive Years?

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Last week’s 13th Annual BIO Investor Forum closed on Wednesday with a plenary session asking, “How fragile is the biotech rally after five positive years?” Moderated by Todd Foley, Managing Director, MPM Capital, the panel included: Rachel King, CEO, GlycoMimetics and Chair, BIO Ellen Lubman, VP Strategy and Innovation, Forest Laboratories Vijay Murthy, Director, Ventures and Early Stage Collaborations, AbbVie Michael A. Margolis, RPh, Managing Director, ROTH Capital Partners Doug Fambrough, PhD, CEO, Dicerna Pharmaceuticals Read More >

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A Patient at BIO Investor Forum

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“Sir?” The security guard walks to the Partnering desk, slightly confused. “Sir, there’s a man with no badge. He says he’s not registered for the conference. But he says he needs to talk to you.” At BIO events, you can always expect the unexpected. I nod to the guard. “Let him in.” A man. 70s. Stooped; hunched; gnarled. Disheveled. Faded tattoos on his forearms. Yet, a twinkle in his eye and an unexpected motorcycle helmet Read More >

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Center for Medicine in the Public Interest Challenges Accuracy of 60 Minutes Cancer Story

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This week, the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest issued a press release criticizing CBS’ “60 Minutes” segment on cancer treatment prices as not just distorted but ‘dead wrong.’ “Featuring physicians that argue that treatment prices are too high does not change the fact that the cost of cancer drugs are about 12 percent of what health insurers spend on cancer or that new cancer drugs actually save health insurers money. Yet insurers are Read More >

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