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Conference on Clinical Research for Rare Diseases on November 3rd

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BIO members may be interested in the upcoming Conference on Clinical Research for Rare Diseases, hosted by the Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network.  The Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network is an initiative of the Office of Rare Diseases Research, NCATS, funded through a collaboration between NCATS and the NIH.  The conference will be held on November 3, 2016 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park. There are more than 6,800 diseases classified as “rare” (defined as Read More >

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BIO Applauds House Passage of the Fostering Innovation Act

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The House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed the Fostering Innovation Act (H.R. 4139), a key capital markets priority for BIO. The bipartisan legislation was introduced by Reps. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA). The JOBS Act provides emerging growth companies (EGCs) with a five-year exemption from Section 404(b) of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), which requires a costly external attestation of a company’s internal financial controls. The Fostering Innovation Act would extend the JOBS Act’s SOX 404(b) Read More >

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8 Reasons New Medicines are Needed for Alzheimer’s

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Last week, the Alzheimer’s Association released an infographic with eight mythbusting facts to help dispel common misconceptions about the disease when it comes to prevention, financial impact, symptoms, and other areas. As the infographic confirms, there is no cure for this irreversible neurological disease, and only half of people living with Alzheimer’s (the 6th leading cause of death in the US) have actually been diagnosed. PhRMA’s report on Medicines in Development for Alzheimer’s Disease notes Read More >

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A Sheep Named Dolly – A Look at the First Cloned Animal Twenty Years Later!

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On July 5, 1996, scientists at Scotland’s Roslin Institute announced that they had successfully cloned the first animal from an adult cell — a sheep named Dolly. Dolly was the first mammal to be successfully cloned using somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) technology. This technique makes it possible to produce multiple animals from a single donor, and involves transferring the genetic information from a cell from the body of an animal into an empty oocyte, or egg. Read More >

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American Farm Bureau Federation: Price Tag on July 4th Picnic Holds Steady

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“Americans will be paying a bit more for their Fourth of July barbecues this year, but the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) says the tab can still come in at less than $6 a person,” AgriPulse reported in its June 29th newsletter. A total of 79 Farm Bureau members (volunteer shoppers) in 26 states checked retail prices for summer cookout foods at their local grocery stores for this informal survey. AgriPulse reported the results: “Meat prices are helping Read More >

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