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New study shows hepatitis C burden may ease in future

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Anew study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine projects that the prevalence of hepatitis C will shrink in the coming decades thanks to new medicines and increased screening regimens. Currently, approximately one in 100 people are infected with the virus, and researchers expect that number to drop to about one in 1,500 people by 2036 if patients have timely and affordable treatment. “We were pleasantly surprised that in the next 22 years we could Read More >

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Scotland, Kenya Come Together to Study Livestock Genetics

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Scientists from Scotland and Kenya will work together in a new international center focused on studying livestock genetics to improve the health and productivity of tropical farm animals, according to a statement by the The Roslin Institute. GenomeWeb Daily covered the announcement: A joint effort between the University of Edinburgh, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), and Kenya’s International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health will develop technologies to help farmers Read More >

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BIO Submits Comments on “Myriad” PTO Patent Guidance

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On July 31st, BIO, alongside a group of international bioindustry trade associations submitted comments to the United States Patent and Trademark Office regarding their March 4, 2014 Guidance on patent subject matter eligibility. Representing associations from Japan, Australia, Canada, the UK, Germany, Spain, Portugal Belgium, the Netherlands and others, the comments reflect a deep concern among the international community regarding how the PTO is interpreting the Supreme Court’s recent decisions in Mayo v. Prometheus and Read More >

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NYT Columnist: Insurance Industry “Looking at the Costs of Sovaldi in the Wrong Way”

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Margot Sanger-Katz’s article on a new drug that treats hepatitis C notes that despite the attention the cost has received to date, those attacking the drug are “looking at the costs of Sovaldi in the wrong way.” Sanger-Katz acknowledges that these one-time treatments can be a ‘shock to the system,’ but notes the value far outweighs the expense since it cures the disease in the majority of patients, preventing further costly treatments and care. Sanger-Katz Read More >

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Greenwood Highlights Need for Bold Action to Address Alzheimer’s

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Last week, Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), participated and spoke at the #C4CT (Coalition for Concussion Treatment) Concussion Awareness Summit hosted at the United Nations in New York City. The day-long event explored links between Traumatic Brain Injury and Alzheimer’s Disease and featured leading policy experts, biotechnology entrepreneurs, academics,  investment firms, medical researchers, diplomats and professional athletes. The event was hosted by Brewer Sports International (BSI), a multi-faceted global Read More >

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