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Playing Detective With Checkpoint Therapies

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Three words are on the lips of everyone following new developments in cancer therapies: checkpoint inhibitor drugs. Simply put, investigators believe they have figured out a way to dismantle the mechanism used by cancer cells to stay hidden from T-cells, a type of specialized immune cell. CTLA-4 is a protein on the surface of T-cells that acts as an “off” switch for the sleuthing T-cells. It signals them to remain in a resting state, kind of like Read More >

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Decoding Genes to find Breast Cancer

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Today, August 7, 2014, researchers at the University Medical Center Utrecht announced that they have identified a gene that puts women at higher risk for breast cancer. Through animal and patient database studies, researchers found that women with an anomaly on the MEN1 gene are three times more likely to develop breast cancer at a relatively young age. Their findings are published in the New England Journal of Medicine. MEN1 is the acronym for Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia type Read More >

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We Are the Worldview

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Now in its 6th consecutive year, Scientific American Worldview: A Global Biotechnology Perspective will have its official launch in a special Super Session at the BIO International Convention today at 2pm. Moderated by television and radio personality David Brancaccio (Marketplace Morning; PBS Now) this exciting event will explore the ever-globalized ethos of life science innovation and examine the many multicultural elements driving new partnerships, new products and new paradigms. Scientific American Worldview is a collaborative Read More >

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Integrate and Collaborate to Drive Advancements in Oncology Treatments

A New Paradigm in Oncology Treatment

Scientific innovation and exploration have driven exciting changes in the pharmaceutical industry’s understanding of cancer, from improvements in screening to the development of more personalized, treatments. In a 2014 BIO International Convention Super Session on Tuesday moderated by BioCentury Editor Susan Schaeffer, panelists discussed the pressing need for companies to increase collaboration with each other and with industry stakeholders, including patient advocacy groups and academic medical centers, to speed the development and delivery of new Read More >

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Forbes: Sure, We’ll (Eventually) Beat Cancer. But Can We Afford To?

Biopharmaceuticals and Accountable Care Organizations: Balancing Cost and Quality

On May 19, Paul Howard highlighted the promise of immunotherapy for the treatment and possible eventual cure of cancer but emphasized that it is critical to focus on the long-term perspective. Key points raised in the article: ‘Reducing incentives for innovation (and drug development returns are roughly comparable to those in the software industry) and you would encourage investors to park more of their capital in more lucrative investments (think: Snapchat), and less into research for Read More >

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