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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Brings Attention to the Need For Private Funding

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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – the social media phenomenon in which people post videos of themselves dumping buckets of water on their heads – has swept through social media like wildfire as part of an effort to raise both awareness and funding for ALS research. It’s pretty safe to say that it’s working.  As of Thursday morning, the ALS Association had received $41.8 million from existing donors and more than 739,000 new donors over Read More >

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WSJ Editorial: The Medical Innovation Threat

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An editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal looks at the rising threat the American insurance industry’s increasingly loud attacks on Sovaldi, a revolutionary new Hepatitis C treatment pose for medical innovation and the development of new specialty drugs. As the editors rightly note, “Sovaldi is the kind of medicine that the drug scolds claim to want—a true scientific advance with a near-perfect cure rate for Hepatitis C, the liver-destroying virus that infects one of every 100 Read More >

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Promising vaccine companies set to take the stage at BIO Investor Forum

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It is no secret that vaccines are a hot space in biotech right now, and the 13th Annual BIO Investor Forum will feature several companies working on promising vaccine R&D. The event, scheduled for October 7-8 in San Francisco, Calif., will feature 120 late-stage private and emerging public company presentations. Attendees at the BIO Investor Forum will hear from Immunovaccine, a clinical-stage vaccine development company focused on product candidates for cancer therapy, infectious disease and Read More >

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AP: Groups Claim Insurance Discrimination

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In this August 18 article, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar highlights assertions by patient groups that new insurance barriers are discriminatory against sick people, particularly patients with chronic conditions. More than 300 patient advocacy groups – including the AIDS Institute, the American Lung Association, Easter Seals, the Epilepsy Foundation, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the National Kidney Foundation and United Cerebral Palsy – recently wrote to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Read More >

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National Immunization Awareness Month

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month, providing a reminder of the importance of proper vaccination just as kids are heading back to school. Schools are a prime venue for transmitting vaccine-preventable diseases, and school-age children can further spread disease to their families and others with whom they come in contact. As children get older, they are at an increased risk for some infections, and the protection from some childhood vaccines begins to fade, requiring a Read More >

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