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Celebrate #WFD15 By Helping to End Hunger Worldwide

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In 2014, 46.7 million Americans lived in poverty and 48.1 million lived in food-insecure households. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that there are 805 million hungry people in the world. Over 70 percent of food insecure people live in rural areas of Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Near East with many of them being family farmers. Everyone is needed to help end food insecurity. Today, organizations, academics and many others across the Read More >

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International Day of Charity


While most of us are well-aware of the Labor Day holiday we celebrated this weekend, Saturday also marked a newer, less well known observance: the International Day of Charity, observed annually on September 5. The annual observance was declared in 2012 by the United Nations, “In recognition of the role of charity in alleviating humanitarian crises and human ‎suffering within and among nations…” Biopharmaceutical companies are committed to improving health care systems and access to 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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Non-Communicable Diseases and IP?


On September 19 and 20, the United Nations meets to potentially adopt a declaration on non-communicable diseases similar to the 2001 Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS.  The diseases of particular focus include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and respiratory disease.  Similar to previous UN initiatives around HIV/AIDS, the meeting will focus on developmental, social and economic impacts and other challenges, particularly for developing countries. UN background documents mention IP and it is possible that UN negotiations may Read More >

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New Series: Biotechnology Companies at Forefront of Global Health Innovation – Post #1: GlaxoSmithKline & Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

On July 8 2009, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced a patent pool to compile intellectual property (IP) to develop treatments for 16 tropical diseases as identified by the FDA including malaria, TB and Chagas, found in 49 Least Developed Countries as defined by the United Nations.

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