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Indian Patents Ensure Wide Access to Drugs, Without Raising Prices

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Two recent studies on Indian drugs have shown that patent protection does not dramatically increase prices, but does ensure widespread access to life saving therapeutics. This research confirms that a weak patent environment slows drug availability and hinders treatment to many people in need. Data Shows Little Change in Indian Drug Prices after Implementing Stronger Patent System In a new report published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, scholars found that patented drugs did not Read More >

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4 Benefits of Plant-Made Pharmaceuticals

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For centuries, plants have served as a natural source of treatments and therapies. New advances in biotechnology make it possible to turn plants into “factories” that produce therapeutic proteins for use in the manufacture of biologics. The potential of plant-made pharmaceuticals to combat life-threatening diseases has been in the news recently as they may be helpful in treating Ebola. Developing therapeutic proteins in plants can be a safer, more efficient and cost-effective method of protein Read More >

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Nationwide Track and Trace System is Urgently Needed

Jim Greenwood

Today’s pharmaceutical distribution supply chain is governed largely by a patchwork of state laws and regulations that allows criminals to enter markets with the lowest safety requirements to inject counterfeit, unsafe, and potentially lethal products into the national supply chain. The state-by-state system is both onerous and ineffective, and the risk it poses to public health from counterfeiters can no longer be ignored. In a recent opinion piece for Roll Call, I write that: “Congress Read More >

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2012 BIO Investor Forum: Discovery Track Snapshot

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BIO’s 11th Annual BIO Investor Forum is just around the corner – it will be held October 9-10, 2012 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, CA. The forum, or BIF as we call it around here, is an international investor event which explores trends and opportunities in life sciences. Broadly speaking, the focus is on venture-stage growth and emerging public companies. BIO’s Alan Eisenberg said it best earlier this week: “The aim of the Read More >

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BioManufacturers Increasing Budgets for New Technologies

Eric Langer

By Eric Langer, Managing Partner, BioPlan Associates, Inc. Two-thirds Spending more for Improved Productivity Almost two-thirds (64.2 percent) of biomanufacturers will increase their budgets for new technologies to improve efficiencies and costs for downstream production this year. Data from our newly released 9th Annual Report and Survey of Biopharmaceutical Manufacturers, include responses from 302 global biomanufacturers, and an additional 185 vendors to the industry. We find that budget increases this year are not just incremental Read More >

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