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CDC Addresses Flu Vaccine Shortage

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Did you get your flu shot this year? With 48 states reporting widespread influenza activity, flu season has come on fast and strong. As of the second week in January, according to data released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 29 children have died and 5,249 Americans have been hospitalized for flu-associated conditions. What’s been most worrisome, GEN’s Alex Philippidis writes, is that there have been spot shortages of the vaccine despite manufacturers producing 145 Read More >

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The Future of Biodefense: Will Public-Private Partnerships Continue?

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Ten years ago, in the wake of the 2001 anthrax attacks, the U.S. government set out on a bold path to improve the country’s preparedness for bioterrorism by developing and stockpiling new drugs and vaccines to protect Americans from health emergencies.  Individuals from both political parties – many who had experienced bioterror first hand – worked together to harness the power of innovative science and tackle this national security threat. The ten year initiative was Read More >

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#BIF2012 Company Snapshot: Chimerix

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Our next Company Snapshot for next week’s BIO Investor Forum is Chimerix. They will be presenting on Tuesday, at 1:30pm, and will also be participating in a panel at the event, Choose Your Own Adventure — Late Stage Private Company Decisions on Wednesday. To learn more about the company before you get onsite, continue reading! Company Snapshot What is your company’s lead product or technology? Chimerix’s lead product is CMX001, a novel, broad-spectrum, oral antiviral that inhibits double-stranded Read More >

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Importance of Reauthorizing Pandemic All-Hazards Preparedness Act

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Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA) joined with BIO and The Center for Biosecurity of UPMC to co-sponsor a Hill briefing on the reauthorization of the Pandemic All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA) on March 1st.  Officials from the Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the White House, and Department of Health and Human Services as well as experts from the Center for Biosecurity at UPMC and the WMD Center discussed the critical Read More >

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Ten Years After 9/11 and the Anthrax Attacks

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Yesterday, the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a hearing entitled, “Ten Years After 9/11 and the Anthrax Attacks: Protecting Against Biological Threats”. As stated by Chairman Lieberman in his opening remarks, the goal of the hearing was to examine whether the federal government “has developed the tools we need to respond effectively to a bioterror attack or naturally-occurring pandemic disease, to develop and disseminate vaccines and antibiotics, and to respond Read More >

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