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Washington Post: Gene Therapies Offer “Dramatic Promise”


Yesterday’s Washington Post has an in-depth article about gene therapy, a type of therapeutic intervention which alters the underlying DNA responsible for producing certain diseases. The technology is enjoying a resurgence, fueled by some stunningly positive results in certain clinical trials recently. The authors begin with the story of 23 year old Allison Corona, who suffers from a congenital diseases that left her legally blind at age four. After receiving a gene therapy treatment: The world Read More >

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Synthetic Biology: The Sword in the Stone to Defeat Devastating Diseases


On July 17th, 2014 the House held a hearing titled: Subcommittee on Research and Technology Hearing – Policies to Spur Innovative Medical Breakthroughs from Laboratories to Patients Witnesses Dr. Harold Varmus, Director, National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) *(Really liked your DNA tie!) Dr. Marc Tessier-Lavigne, President and Carson Family Professor, Laboratory of Brain Development and Repair, The Rockefeller University Dr. Jay Keasling, Hubbard Howe Jr. Distinguished Professor of Biochemical Read More >

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The Real Reason Why Salk Refused to Patent the Polio Vaccine


Editor’s Note: Despite the progress in polio and other diseases made possible by vaccines, today we are witnessing a resurgence of vaccine-preventable illnesses as nervous parents skip their children’s shots. Watch the PBS documentary Vaccines—Calling the Shots to find learn more.  BIO is also a leading voice on the patent-ability of biotech inventions and other IP matters. To get the most recent updates on IP in the biotech world, please sign up for BIO’s free bi-monthly IP Newsletter. Read More >

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Medical Innovation at Risk


The National Venture Capital Association’s MedIC Coalition recently released a report showing U.S. venture capitalists are decreasing their investments in biopharmaceutical and medical device companies, reducing their concentration in prevalent disease areas and shifting investments towards Europe and Asia. The report, Vital Signs: The Threat to Investment in U.S. Medical Innovation and the Imperative of FDA Reform, strongly indicates that America’s medical innovation economy is in grave danger of losing its primary source of funding, Read More >

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Technology Transfer Symposium in San Francisco


In the midst of turbulent economic times, and at a moment when the U.S. is looking to encourage technology job creation in the coming decade, an increasing number of public and private sector initiatives have been proposed to spur job creation. While the U.S. leads in the area of biotechnology, there is no guarantee that this competitive edge will continue.  Moreover, although the U.S. is more prolific in life science discoveries than any other single country in the Read More >

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