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New Challenges in the Fast Changing Landscape of Bioinformatics

Adina

The world of DNA sequencing and bioinformatics has evolved at a staggering pace. In 2009, the biggest problem for researchers was creating an efficient solution for sequencing DNA. At that time, sequencing cost of $100,000 for a single human and took 30 days of chemical processing to produce the raw sequencing output. In four years, DNA sequencing technology has advanced rapidly, outpacing even Moore’s Law. Today, researchers can sequence a whole human genome for about Read More >

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Worldwide Orphan Drug Market to Grow to $127 Billion by 2018

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The 2013 Orphan Drug Report from Evaluate, which launched today at the 2013 BIO international Convention, sheds light on the market dynamics of orphan drugs — pharmaceutical products aimed at rare diseases or disorders — projecting that sales will experience a compound annual growth rate of 7.4 percent between 2012 and 2018, nearly double that of the prescription drug market, excluding generics.  The report based on EvaluatePharma® data found that the worldwide orphan drug market Read More >

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Expanding Access to Orphan Drugs

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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

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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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