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Expanding Access to Orphan Drugs

Orphan Drugs

At present many orphan diseases do not have any licensed treatments, and for those conditions where there is a therapy, it is often the only therapy in the class that is available. However, this is not always the case. In the field of blood-plasma proteins, therapies to treat hemophilia, alpha-1 deficiency and primary immune deficiencies have multiple innovator versions in a therapeutic class. Often one product in the class has received an orphan designation and Read More >

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Our Health Care Ecosystem

Meekers

There are currently 907 drugs and vaccines targeting more than 100 diseases in development by U.S. biopharmaceutical companies. It is the first step on a path toward bringing much needed treatments to patients. However, with the current focus on the cost of health care, regulatory approval is not the final hurdle. Increasingly, the ability of patients to access new therapies is determined by those who pay for the treatments. Skyrocketing development costs, concerns about the Read More >

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Approving Drugs for Alzheimer’s Disease

Russ Katz

BIOtechNOW delves into the current state of Alzheimer’s disease research with today’s feature on regulatory challenges. Tomorrow, we cover the first Alzheimer’s prevention trial, and on Wednesday, we will explore the societal and economic impact of this devastating disease. The therapies currently approved for Alzheimer’s disease work by treating the patients’ symptoms, improving their cognitive and overall functions. Increasingly, however, experts are intent on slowing or halting the disease process—before it has ravaged patients’ brains. In February, the U.S. Food Read More >

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Patients are the Missing Link in R&D

Elias Zerhouni

An architect does not wait until construction begins to show clients a blueprint. Neither does a caterer prepare a banquet meal without consulting first with the host. In biopharmaceutical science, however, for too long we have developed medicines without engaging patients early on and throughout the process. If scientific innovation is to truly be innovative, we need to be more interested in the people our products will help. We need to rethink innovation. The model we’ve used in healthcare Read More >

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Cranial Connections: Ontario’s Brain Research is Hardwired for Success

Moridi

Ontario has long been a leader in life sciences research and technology with brain exploration now taking centre-stage. Most recently, the provincial government committed $100 million to the Ontario Brain Institute, (OBI).  An independent nonprofit formed in 2010, the OBI  will help researchers and business leaders develop new treatments for neurological conditions ranging from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s to intractable epilepsy, cerebral palsy, autism and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. Headquartered in Toronto – a region that Read More >

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