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New CDC Tool to Track Antibiotic Use & Resistance

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Antibiotic resistance is quickly becoming one of the most serious threats facing our health care system. Last fall, the CDC issued a report which found that 2 million people acquire an antibiotic resistant infection each year in the US, of whom at least 23,000 die as a result. To help address this threat, the CDC is releasing a new tool, the Antibiotic Use and Resistance (AUR) reporting module, which will enable all hospitals in the Read More >

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Precision Drugs for Bad Bugs

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Awareness is high that antibiotic resistance is a critical problem, but many still don’t appreciate the role played by antibiotics themselves in accelerating this problem’s spread. Single antibiotics capable of killing multiple bacterial species – a class of drugs termed “broad spectrum” – have long been seen as a panacea and a cure for all bacterial infections. Today, essentially all marketed antibiotics kill multiple species of bacteria. Unfortunately bacteria that become resistant to a particular Read More >

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BIO CEO Company Snapshot: Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals

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The BIO CEO & Investor Conference is now just a week away, and buzz for the event has never been greater. Tomorrow, Inside BIO is hosting its first ever twitter chat to discuss the annual buyside survey, which has been getting great responses from the investor community. Presentation spots are still sold out as well, and we’re continuing to highlight those companies slated to present. One such company is Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, who went public this Read More >

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New CDC Report on Alarming Rates of Antibiotic-Resistant Infections

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Every year in the United States, 2 million people acquire an antibiotic-resistant infection. Of those, at least 23,000 die as a result. That’s according to an alarming report  released last week by the CDC. Antibiotic resistance is one of the largest threats to global health. The prevalence of antibiotic-resistant infections is not only a serious world-wide public health issue, it also adds considerable costs to the U.S. healthcare system. According to the CDC: Studies have estimated Read More >

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#BIF2012 Company Snapshot: ContraFect Corporation

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The BIO Investor Forum is fast approaching! Below you’ll find our first Company Snapshot of one of the event’s presenting companies, ContraFect Corporation. Continue reading to learn more about ContraFect’s product, their strategies, and what you can expect from their company in the coming months. Company Snapshot What is your company’s lead product or technology? ContraFect is a private company developing biotherapeutics for resistant, life threatening infections. Our lead compound, CF-301, is a bacteriophage lysin, Read More >

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