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The Arrival of Actionable Personalized Medicine

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The pace of implementation of next-generation sequencing (NGS) in a clinical context, which almost rivals the development of the technology over the past decade, is driving the cost of a full genome sequence down to just a few thousand dollars. Diagnostic companies and medical centers are now routinely offering comprehensive genome analysis, as evidenced by the recent report from Baylor College of Medicine in the New England Journal of Medicine on the first 250 patients Read More >

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A Manhattan Project for Alzheimer’s Disease

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Earlier this month, at the Alzheimer’s Disease Summit in New York City, BIO‘s President & CEO Jim Greenwood highlighted the need for our nation to think bigger about how we approach Alzheimer’s Disease. Greenwood called for a “Manhattan Project” to rally the country around addressing this growing health challenge.  He also noted that addressing Alzheimer’s Disease is the type of issue that could bring together elected officials on both sides of the aisle. As part Read More >

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Sequester Threatens FDA Mission

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One aspect of sequestration isn’t doing anything to reduce the deficit, but could be delaying patient access to new drugs and medical devices, according to the FDA’s Janet Woodcock at a House subcommittee hearing on Friday. The FDA is being denied access to some of the user fees paid by the drug and device industries, which are intended to fund FDA’s review and oversight programs and ensure timely patient access to new and effective treatments. Read More >

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New Cancer Treatments Seek to Give the Immune System Superpowers

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Melanoma is scary. It is aggressive, spreads quickly to far-away organs with the stealth and cunning of the most adept villain, and it is increasingly striking young people-it is now the most common form of cancer diagnosed in women 25-29. But the “good guys” are fighting back with increasing success. As the CEO of the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA), a patient-focused, science-based organization dedicated to fighting this deadly skin cancer, I see signs every day Read More >

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‘Life According to Sam’ About Hope and Medical Discovery

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HBO is currently airing a documentary about a 13 year old boy named Sam Berns, who is coping with a cruel and rare genetic disease, known as progeria, which ages and weakens its young victims. If you haven’t seen it, you might expect “Life According to Sam” to be a heartbreaking tale of a family’s struggles to cope with something that is out of their control. It is that, but it’s also so much more. Read More >

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