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How the Orphan Drug Tax Credit Leverages MDA’s Fight against Rare Genetic Diseases

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In the early 1950s, a small group of concerned parents, people with muscular dystrophy and their friends started a volunteer organization, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), to raise money for research into the causes of rare genetic diseases that mysteriously destroyed muscles and shortened lives. In the decades since — thanks to the support of a caring public and vital corporate partnerships — MDA has become a leading voluntary health agency, funding research in academic Read More >

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Amid Doping Scandals, Industry Must Remain Vigilant

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As doping in sport makes its way back into the news of the day, we must consider the consequences beyond undermining the integrity and honor of sports and competition. Doping undermines the integrity of our industry’s core mission of serving patients through drug discovery and development. Biologic products intended for use as medicines can enhance endurance, minimize recovery time, or promote muscle growth. The same medicines that can be used to help children with devastating Read More >

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When is the Evidence “Enough” to Make a Health Care Decision?

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At any given time, work is taking place in hundreds of laboratories throughout the country to develop new and better ways of combating disease and protecting our health and well-being.  As the results of this research becomes more widely known, how long does it take before this new information changes the actual practice of medicine in hospitals, clinics and physicians’ offices? According to the Institute of Medicine, it takes an average of 17 years for Read More >

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The Michael J. Fox Foundation Launches $10 Million Edmond J. Safra Core Programs

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The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) has committed up to $10 million to its next funding round for the Edmond J. Safra Core Programs for PD Research to prioritize research toward transformative treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s disease (PD). We invite qualified researchers to apply to the Edmond J. Safra Core Programs for PD Research: Rapid Response Innovation Awards: This program supports high-risk, high-reward projects with little-to-no existing preliminary data, but with potential to significantly Read More >

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Biodefense Preparedness Key for National Public Health

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Over the last decade, our nation has responded to deliberate biological attacks – the mailing of anthrax-laden letters – and severe naturally-occurring disease outbreaks including SARS and the 2009-H1N1 flu pandemic. As an industry, biotechnology can help improve our nation’s capacity to prepare and respond to natural disasters, bioterrorist attacks, and outbreaks of infectious disease. The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) was established to support the advanced development and procurement of drugs, vaccines, Read More >

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