Health Care

William Schaffner, MD, the immediate past president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, explains why it is important for all adults to become fully immunized according to recommended schedules.

Successful multi-sector global health programs engage partners and policymakers early, communicate openly and frequently with relevant stakeholders, and empower and involve communities, according to a website relaunched this week, Case Studies for Global Health.

BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH) and the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) have collaborated on a new report that builds upon the findings in BVGH’s previous analysis, Developing New Drugs and Vaccines for Neglected Diseases of the Poor: The Product Developer Landscape.

Janelle Curtis, Vice President of Programs at the Biotech Institute, interviews Tonia Moore-Davis, a certified Nurse-Midwife and Instructor of Clinical Nursing at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and Immediate Past Chair for the Board of Directors of HOSA.

Celiac disease is one of the most common autoimmune conditions in the U.S. but frequently goes undiagnosed. The cause is currently unknown and it can develop at any point in life. In this podcast, Dr. Peter H.R. Green, Director of The Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University, explains what celiac disease is, how it is diagnosed and the treatment options.

In recognition of National Infant Immunization Week, Dr. Yabo Beysolow, Medical Officer at the CDC, talks about the benefits of immunization for children under the age of two.

BIO's President and CEO Jim Greenwood talks to BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH) CEO Don Joseph about global health and BVGH's new report on global health.

Andrew Emmett, Managing Director, Science & Regulatory Affairs, speaks about the important regulatory issues facing the industry, specifically PDUFA reauthorization, the FDA and regulation. Also, hear his programming highlights from the Achieving Regulatory Approval and Compliance Track at the upcoming 2012 BIO International Convention.

Capital formation challenges in the industry have forced many biotech companies to halt projects, lay off staff or shutdown all together. Our analysis shows that the industry is approximately one-quarter smaller than it was in 2008.

BIO believes that the level of support provided by the TDP simply cannot meet the needs of the growing biotech field. As evidence of the project's popularity suggests, Congress should consider extending or expanding the project in order to support American innovation and speed the development of life-saving cures.

The biotech industry is a thriving sector employing 1.3 million Americans in high quality, high paying jobs.

A new study shows that Kineret (anakinra), a medication approved for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, is effective in stopping the progression of organ damage in people with neonatal-onset multisystem inflammatory disease (NOMID).

Mutations in a gene called XRCC2 cause increased breast cancer risk, according to a study in the American Journal of Human Genetics.

A repression of gene activity in the brain appears to be an early event affecting people with Alzheimer's disease, researchers funded by NIH have found.

March 14 2014
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) thanks the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) for the opportunity to submit comments on the "Proposed Rule: Supplemental Applications Proposing Labelling Changes for Approved Drugs and Biological Products."
March 10 2014
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) thanks the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the opportunity to submit comments to the docket regarding “Complex Issues in Developing Drug and Biologics Products for Rare Diseases.” Comments are being provided in two areas; general comments on the challenges of rare disease drug development, and specific comments in response to the public workshop.
March 4 2014
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) thanks the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the opportunity to submit comments on the “Request for Nominations: Drug Products that Present Demonstrable Difficulties for Compounding Under Sections 503A and 503B of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.”
February 3 2014
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) thanks the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the opportunity to submit comments on the “Draft Guidance for Industry on Pharmacy Compounding of Human Drug Products Under Section 503A of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.”
January 31 2014
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) respectfully submits these comments in response to the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) Citizen Petition requesting the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to “implement its INN naming policy equally to all biologics” and to require “all biologics approved under the Section 351(k) pathway…share the same INN [International Nonproprietary Name] as the RPP [reference protein product]” (the GPhA Petition).
April 7 2014
The EXPIRE Act would extend tax credits that expired at the end of 2013, including several of importance to the biotechnology industry.
March 25 2014
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and the Indiana Health Industry Forum (IHIF) commend Indiana Governor Mike Pence for signing legislation today designed to create a pathway for the substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines.
March 5 2014
Many of the provisions included in this budget proposal would jeopardize the continued biotech research and development that is necessary to find cures and breakthrough medicines for patients living with debilitating and life-threatening diseases. 
January 30 2014
Patients Should Be Informed if Doctor's Prescription Changed