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Seattle Times Commentary: New Approaches Needed to Fight Ebola

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In the Seattle Times this week, BIO Ventures for Global Health President Jennifer Dent offered commentary on the need for new drug development models to develop treatments for Ebola, arguing that conventional approaches are not working for neglected tropical diseases. Partnerships involving drug companies as well as academic, non-profit, and government stakeholders are needed. Dent offers the WIPO Re:Search consortium as an example: In 2011, BIO Ventures for Global Health established a partnership with the Read More >

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BIO Presents at 2014 Biological Weapons Convention Meeting of Experts

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Last week marked the annual Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) Meeting of Experts in Geneva. The BWC is a multi-national treaty prohibiting the manufacture of biological weapons, and also contains provisions related to national implementation and multi-national coordination for preparedness and assistance. Each year a Meeting of Experts takes place to discuss ongoing issues related to the implementation of the treaty. This year, for the first time ever, BIO was invited to present on novel technologies Read More >

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Decoding Genes to find Breast Cancer

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Today, August 7, 2014, researchers at the University Medical Center Utrecht announced that they have identified a gene that puts women at higher risk for breast cancer. Through animal and patient database studies, researchers found that women with an anomaly on the MEN1 gene are three times more likely to develop breast cancer at a relatively young age. Their findings are published in the New England Journal of Medicine. MEN1 is the acronym for Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia type Read More >

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New study shows hepatitis C burden may ease in future

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Anew study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine projects that the prevalence of hepatitis C will shrink in the coming decades thanks to new medicines and increased screening regimens. Currently, approximately one in 100 people are infected with the virus, and researchers expect that number to drop to about one in 1,500 people by 2036 if patients have timely and affordable treatment. “We were pleasantly surprised that in the next 22 years we could Read More >

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NYT Columnist: Insurance Industry “Looking at the Costs of Sovaldi in the Wrong Way”

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Margot Sanger-Katz’s article on a new drug that treats hepatitis C notes that despite the attention the cost has received to date, those attacking the drug are “looking at the costs of Sovaldi in the wrong way.” Sanger-Katz acknowledges that these one-time treatments can be a ‘shock to the system,’ but notes the value far outweighs the expense since it cures the disease in the majority of patients, preventing further costly treatments and care. Sanger-Katz Read More >

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