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Immunization Awareness Month: The importance of recommended vaccinations

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month. As children prepare to return to school, it is important for them to receive nationally recommended vaccines against diseases such as measles. While reduced incidence of measles in the U.S. has led to widespread complacency about the disease, there were 118 reported cases of measles in this country from January 1 to May 20, 2011 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Measles is a serious disease Read More >

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Podcast: Humanitarian Award Winner Dr. Paul Offit

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During the 2011 BIO International Convention, Paul A. Offit, MD, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, was named the 2011 Biotech Humanitarian Award winner. Dr. Offit was selected as the 2011 Honoree in recognition of his 25 years spent dedicated to developing RotaTeq, one of the main vaccines currently used to fight rotavirus, a disease that is the leading cause Read More >

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Profiling Cuban Biotechnology

Yali Friedman, BIO Official Blogger from the BIOtechBlog, will be giving a brief talk on the Cuban Biotechnology industry during a panel at the 2011 BIO International Convention today.  What: Cuban Biotechnology: An Overview of Cuba’s Drug and Vaccine Developments and Innovations When: 2:00 – 2:45pm Where: Room 145B Who: Elaine Scheye, Yali Friedman, Halla Thortsteinsdottir, Pedro Freyre I will be largely citing papers published in the Journal of Commercial Biotechnology and providing a brief overview and Read More >

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Podcast: Dr. Hervé Tettelin on vaccine development

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Dr. Tettelin, with the University of Maryland School of Medicine in the Institute for Genome Sciences, discusses his research in reverse vaccinology and as a pioneer of the pan-genome concept. He also discusses how DNA sequencing is evolving and how that impacts vaccine development. Download the podcast

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World Health Day: The Global Impact of Vaccines

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As we celebrate World Health Day today, it is an opportunity to remember that vaccines represent one of the most important global health investments. The investment of time, money and dedication has brought enormous benefits to the world. According to the World Health Organization, immunizations save an estimated 2.5 million lives every year from diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), and measles. Biotechnology is helping us improve existing vaccines and create new vaccines against infectious agents. Read More >

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