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Silk Improves Vaccine Longevity

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Who doesn’t love the feel of silk fabric? Dresses, ties, sofa upholstery- you name it, we can’t keep our hands off it. You may have also heard that silk is an excellent surgical material for sutures, bandages, and implants. But did you know that our favorite fiber may not only patch up the world, but heal it as well? Here’s the problem we face: Many vaccines need to be kept cold in order to work Read More >

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Vaccines Beyond 2012

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Each year, approximately 1.7 million children die from a vaccine-preventable disease, and the vast majority of these deaths occur in developing countries. This BIO 2012 session, moderated by Peg Willingham of the United Nations Foundation, addressed various ways industry can help increase access to life-saving vaccines for children and adults in resource-poor countries. The thoughts of a few of the speakers on the panel for this session are summarized below. The panelists suggested that for Read More >

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Biotech Companies are Bringing Innovation to Global Health

Don Joseph

By Don Joseph, CEO, BIO Ventures for Global Health In March, we at BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH) released a report, Developing New Drugs and Vaccines for Neglected Diseases of the Poor: The Product Developer Landscape, which showed that small- to medium-sized biotechnology companies are participating in a high percentage (41 percent) of projects targeting neglected diseases of the developing world. The findings of this report were surprising, given the financial risks these companies Read More >

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International Rare Disease Day: Join the Movement

Nicole Boice

By Nicole Boice, President and Founder, RARE Project Being diagnosed with any illness can be overwhelming. Imagine what it’s like, though, to be diagnosed with a disease that you’ve never heard of – maybe even one that your doctor has never seen before. Millions of people start this diagnostic odyssey on their own, with little or no support, no real direction, with feelings of isolation and fear. That’s exactly the situation in which millions of Read More >

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World Pneumonia Day: November 12

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November 12 marks World Pneumonia Day, a campaign to educate the public about this disease and to advocate for global action to treat and prevent it. Pneumonia is the leading cause of death globally for children under the age of 5, claiming the lives of more than 1.5 million children annually. Pneumonia is also largely a vaccine-preventable disease. Since the introduction of pneumococcal vaccines in the U.S. in 2000, morbidity and mortality from pneumonia have Read More >

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