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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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Puerto Rico: The New Hub for Ag-Biotech Innovation

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 “Biotechnology Innovation—the union of scientific discovery and capital can flourish in a supportive research and regulatory environment. Key policy principles will help facilitate the discovery, development, and commercialization of biotech products that will fight disease, feed the hungry and improve the environment”-BIO 2014 A quote that wholly describes the agricultural climate of Puerto Rico.  The country offers a perfect location, climate, great soil quality, inviting regulatory system, three pronounced academic/research programs and friendly biotech work Read More >

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1 of the 2,000 Articles Supporting GMO Safety

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On Thursday July 24, 2014, The Huffington Post published a blog titled Genetically-Modified Organisms (GMOs) Have NOT Been Proven Safe. The title alone made me question the author’s integrity. Personally, I was expecting the author to cite some academic sources to make such a claim; after reading the blog, it was clear that the author’s title did not reflect the true narrative of her logic. Her main argument for making this bold claim is that Read More >

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Treating Hepatitis C: Too Costly Not to Act

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Today, The Hill published an op-ed – Treating hepatitis C: Too costly not to act – by California Healthcare Institute’s Todd Gillenwater on the value of breakthrough Hepatitis C medicines that cure the disease in the majority of patients. As Gillenwater asserts, “New hepatitis C drugs mark a paradigm shift – from a model of somewhat iffy but costly chronic care to a model of short-term curative treatment with equal or slightly lower costs paid Read More >

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