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Act Now to Protect Public Health and Prepare for the Upcoming Flu Season

Act Now to Protect Public Health and Prepare for the Upcoming Flu Season

As many as 49,000 people die from the flu annually, depending on the season, and children and the elderly are the most vulnerable. Among the 138 children who died from the flu during the 2012-2013 season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 90 percent were not vaccinated.  In addition, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized, with the most vulnerable being infants, young children, older adults, and people of all ages who Read More >

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Legislative Hopes, Fears

PNNL Research Scientist Heather Brown

Biotechnology advances are poised now more than ever to help policymakers achieve their goals of supporting innovation in health care, renewable energy, and green technologies. How can they help us? Here are our six hopes (and one big concern) for the term ahead. HOPE 1: Cultivate an atmosphere for patient access to our products While the Congress considers finding savings, do it in a way that does not threaten patient access to drug products by Read More >

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How Countries Can Boost Their Biotech Industry

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How can countries and regions boost the biotech industry within their borders? Working with several member companies, BIO developed a Global Policy Platform to serve as a roadmap for policymakers seeking to create an environment for the biotech industry to grow and prosper. These policy principles include four components: (i) research collaboration; (ii) intellectual property rights; (iii) regulatory approval; and (iv) market access. In addition, the Global Policy Platform includes best practices from around the Read More >

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Thoughts on the President’s State of the Union

Jim Greenwood

I had several thoughts watching President Obama’s State of the Union Address tonight. First, we at BIO remain concerned about the possible impact that sequestration may have – specifically the potential impact it may have on human health. There are millions of patients – all hopeful that new treatments will become available soon. Our fear is that sequestration may impact the ability of those patients to access new treatments in a timely manner. That fear Read More >

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Renewing the Project BioShield Act: What Has It Bought and Wrought?

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In the next several months, the U.S. Government will decide whether to continue the funding and authorities associated with Project BioShield, which expanded the U.S. stockpile of medical countermeasures (MCMs) for potential chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) attacks. Congress established Project BioShield in 2004 and provided $5.68B for procurement over 10 years. Two years later, it created the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to oversee BioShield’s advanced development and procurement efforts. To Read More >

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