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“When Genetic Engineering Came Of Age”

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October 29 was the 30th anniversary of the approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of human insulin synthesized in genetically engineered bacteria. In an article for Forbes, Henry Miller, the founding director of the FDA’s Office of Biotechnology, marked the anniversary and commented on today’s regulatory environment: “Regulators have adopted a highly risk-averse and even adversarial mindset, few new drugs are approved without convening extramural advisory committees, and decisions are sometimes hijacked by Read More >

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BIO Investor Forum – Raring to Go: The Race to Treat Ultra-Rare Diseases

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The signing of FDASIA by President Obama in July reinforces the country’s commitment to fostering innovation for rare diseases. With a record 460 medicines in late-stage clinical trials, biopharmaceutical companies have embraced rare disease medicine and are rapidly developing the pipeline. In anticipation of an even more compelling opportunity, many companies are taking a step beyond and focusing on ultra rare diseases. Last week’s 11th Annual BIO Investor Forum in San Francisco hosted a panel, Raring Read More >

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FDA Safety and Innovation Act: A Step Forward for Patients With Rare Diseases

Peter L. Saltonstall

By Peter L. Saltonstall, President and CEO, National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) The Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) includes the most groundbreaking measures for rare disease patients and their families since the Orphan Drug Act of 1983.  And, just as the rare disease patient community—with NORD as its unifying voice—played a major role in the Orphan Drug Act, NORD and rare disease patients have taken a leadership role in developing Read More >

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Biosimilars Ahead, Proceed with Caution

Richard Dolinar

By Richard M. Dolinar, M.D., Chairman, Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines In today’s budget-constrained world, the goal for health care is not only to save lives but also to save money. On Friday, May 11, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold a one-day public hearing on important medicines, known as biosimilars, that are under FDA consideration to come to the United States (U.S.) and offer the opportunity to help achieve the second prong Read More >

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Industry Regulatory Issues to be Highlighted at 2012 BIO International Convention

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In the words of BIO’s Andrew Emmett, Managing Director, Science & Regulatory Affairs, ‘2012 is shaping up to be a momentous year for FDA reform.’ From the reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA V) to modernizing and expediting the approval of new drugs and biologics, implementing the new biosimilars pathways and addressing the growing global drug shortage crisis, all eyes are on the current regulatory environment and its role in supporting innovation. Read More >

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