Health Care

Moree discusses the Forum and the importance of partnering to improving the health of people in developing countries.

BIOtechNOW’s Tracy Cooley talks to Hillary Theakston, of The Clearity Foundation, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing personalized treatment information to women with ovarian cancer.

BIOtechNOW’s Tracy Cooley talks to Dr. Reed from the   Sanford-Burnham Medical Institute about the NIH’s new National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.

Some of the most pressing challenges for the advent of personalized medicine relate to the reimbursement of novel diagnostics. Reimbursement policies must reflect the potential benefit that novel diagnostics can bring to patients and the healthcare system. This value proposition can be realized through reimbursement policy reforms that provide a clear and consistent pathway to obtain affirmative coverage, appropriate and timely coding, and market-based payment for diagnostic tests. BIO recommends that the following reforms be made to diagnostic reimbursement policy.

The number of Americans diagnosed with diabetes — the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. — has risen by epidemic proportions. In addition, the disease is estimated to affect 435 million people worldwide by 2030. BIO and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will feature a two-day diabetes forum for the first time at the 2011 BIO International Convention in Washington, DC. The sessions will showcase the latest research in novel therapies, vaccines, and biomarkers.

BIOtechNOW speaks with Dr. Trounson is a pioneer of human in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and associated reproductive technologies.

BIO is committed to increased access to biologic medicines for patients throughout the world. 

Emerging biotech companies with promising scientific innovation need a policy environment that will enable them to continue critical research and development of medical advancements and breakthroughs.

The world’s largest biotech hubs are busy planning their delegations’ visits to the  BIO International Convention  next month. The international program at the Convention will be one of the most robust to date, with International Case Studies, breakout sessions focused on globalization and Super Sessions focused on the emerging markets.

BIOtechNOW’s talks to Bernard Siegel about recent developments in stem cell research and the upcoming BIO International Convention.

Soelkner discusses the benefits of working with a contract manufacturing organization and how to identify, select and work with CMOs.

A new report analyzing FDA-approved monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) produced by a select group of leading biotechnology companies shows that clinical development times – specifically the duration of Phase II and Phase III trials – are lengthening, while FDA review times have remained constant.

April is Parkinson's Awareness Month so it seemed like a good opportunity to learn more about the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

April is Parkinson's Awareness Month so it seemed like a good opportunity to learn more about the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

Letters, Testimony & Comments

April 17 2016
BIO member companies are committed to improving human health through the development of innovative therapies. We strongly support research that aims to improve human health through better drug development and recognize that responsibly sharing our clinical trial data can help to advance such research, while reinforcing public confidence in the safety and efficacy of our medicines.
April 4 2016
The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) is pleased to submit comments in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’s) Final Rule with Comment entitled Medicaid Program; Covered Outpatient Drugs Final Rule with Comment Period (the “FC”).1 As directed by the Agency, the scope of our comments is limited to the single topic open for public comment: “The definition and identification of line extension drugs.”2 
March 13 2016
BIO strongly supports efforts by the Agency, such as the Pilot COA Compendium and recent updates to the FDA’s drug development tool (DDT) qualification website, to promote the efficient development and use of COAs and other DDTs for drug development and regulatory decision-making. We believe that the COA Compendium is a good step in providing information to the public about COAs in development and use, providing a level of transparency and increasing awareness of efforts towards patient-focused drug development and COA information.
February 16 2016
BIO supports FDA’s assertion that “it is critical for sponsors to detect and report, as early as possible, serious and unexpected suspected adverse reactions and clinically important increased rates of previously recognized serious adverse reactions,” and we appreciate the publication of this Draft Guidance to aid Sponsors in this responsibility. However, we are concerned about the prescriptive nature of this Draft Guidance and its emphasis on the Safety Assessment Committee (SAC). We are also concerned that FDA may not fully appreciate the time and resources required of Sponsors to implement the recommendations within the Draft Guidance.
February 8 2016
BIO strongly supports the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA 5) program to enhance FDA-Sponsor communication, which is based on FDA’s stated philosophy that “timely interactive communication with Sponsors during drug development is a core activity to help achieve our mission to facilitate the conduct of efficient and effective drug development programs, which can enhance public health by making new safe and effective drugs available to the American public in a timely manner.” BIO applauds FDA’s effort to give IND Sponsors and FDA review staff best practices and procedures for timely, transparent, and effective communications during drug development through this Draft Guidance.

Press Releases

April 25 2016
Washington, D.C. (April 25, 2016) – The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) issued the following statement today regarding the Campaign for Sustainable Rx Pricing’s policy proposals on prescription drug prices:
April 6 2016
Washington, D.C. (April 6, 2016) – Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) President and CEO Jim Greenwood released the following statement regarding today’s Senate HELP Committee mark-up of legislation as part of the Senate biomedical innovation initiative:
March 30 2016
Washington, D.C. (March 30, 2016) – Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) President and CEO Jim Greenwood issued the following statement today regarding the American College of Physicians’ policy paper on prescription drugs:
March 17 2016
Washington, D.C. (March 17, 2016) – Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) President and CEO Jim Greenwood released the following statement regarding the introduction today by Senators Alexander and Murray of the FDA and NIH Workforce Authorities Modernization Act: