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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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Tony Coelho: A Patient Advocate’s Perspective on Paying for Value

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Yesterday, Health Affairs published an op-ed by Tony Coelho, Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives and Chairman of the Partnership to improve patient care, on the benefit of patient-centered outcomes research to better inform medical care, without limiting patients’ and providers’ choices. As Coelho writes, ‘The movement to place greater financial risk on providers in an effort to pay for value rather than volume will have the effect of fundamentally changing the way Read More >

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Answering the Call for Cures in Michigan

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This week, the Kalamazoo Gazette published an op-ed on how we can accelerate the discovery, development and delivery of treatments and cures for patients written by Stephen Rapundalo, President and CEO of MichBio, and BIO’s Jim Greenwood. The op-ed highlights the focus of roundtable discussions being held across the country as part of the 21st Century Cures Initiative. The U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee launched the initiative – led by Chairman Fred Read More >

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USDA Illuminates the Economic Benefits of Moving Toward a Biobased Economy

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“A bioeconomy is one based on the use of research and innovation in the biological sciences to create economic activity and public benefit.” - White House (2012) The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)  Secretary Tom Vilsack has recently announced the release of a comprehensive report synthesizing current literature that explores opportunities in the emerging bioeconomy.  The report, entitled Why Biobased?, was created by the USDA as a precursor for a more comprehensive economic study to be released in the coming months by the USDA BioPreferred Read More >

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