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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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Psoriasis Patients Flock to Social Media for Practical Info

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About eight in 10 psoriasis patients who use health care social networks say they do so primarily to learn how others manage their disease, and get practical tips and advice they couldn’t find elsewhere, according to a survey conducted by the National Psoriasis Foundation, Manhattan Research and Inspire, a company that builds and manages online patient communities. The millions of people with psoriasis, including the one million visitors to TalkPsoriasis in 2012, are not alone Read More >

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The Michael J. Fox Foundation Launches New Funding Opportunities

Parkinson's Disease

The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) is committed to sharing the risk of drug development with researchers from academia and industry alike in order to keep promising research moving forward along the Parkinson’s disease (PD) drug pipeline. To date, MJFF has funded over $300 million in research, $83 million of which has been awarded to more than 180 unique, industry-led projects. On February 20, MJFF launched nine funding programs, three of which are new to Read More >

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A Bright Future for Orphan Disease Indications

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In celebration of National Rare Disease Day BIO’s Industry Analysis team took a look at recently-approved drugs in the BioMedTracker database with an orphan indication designation. Our research found that 2012 saw the greatest number of approvals of therapies for orphan indications going back all the way to 2000 (This count includes previously approved drugs with new, orphan indication approvals).   Overall, 24 therapies were approved in orphan indications last year, including drugs for Anthrax, Gaucher’s Read More >

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Navigating the Rare Disease World

Susan Ruediger

The international orphan drug marketplace is expected to grow some 30 percent by 2014, fueled by the entrance of big pharmaceutical companies and U.S. legislation favoring development and coverage. This growth promises to improve the health of patients with debilitating and life-threatening disorders. Hoping to further the rare disease dialogue and relationship building opportunities, the 2013 Orphan Disease Forum will provide unique perspective on the orphan drug marketplace, regulatory considerations and much more. Operating within Read More >

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