Health Care

Sara Radcliffe, BIO Executive Vice President Health, presents an overview of BIO's commissioned study on Diagnostics Reimbursement at the Harvard Medical Center Partners Healthcare Personalized Medicine Conference: Impacting Healthcare.

A biologic is manufactured in a living system such as a microorganism, or plant or animal cells. Most biologics are very large, complex molecules or mixtures of molecules. Many biologics are produced using recombinant DNA technology.

In this presentation, BIO urges the Food and Drug Administration to prioritize patient safety and incentives for innovation at a public hearing on biosimilars.

Biotech research holds a great deal of promise for future innovation in the treatment of previously untreatable diseases. But how long does it take for a biotech therapy to come to market?

From genetic testing to earlier cancer diagnosis, to rapid result strep tests and diagnostic tools that can be used outside of a traditional hospital environment, biotechnology researchers are making great strides in the field of ddiagnostic tools.

On April 8, 2004, Genentech, Inc. filed a Citizen Petition with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), requesting that the agency refrain from (1) publishing a draft guidance document setting forth standards for so-called follow-on or "generic" biotechnology-derived products, and (2) approving an application filed under section 505(b)(2) of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) with respect to a biotechnology product that relies, directly or indirectly, on trade secret and confidential commercial data and information of an innovator.

The European Medicines Agency (EMEA), the European equivalent to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has implemented an approval scheme that specifically distinguishes between biosimilars (follow-on biologics) and generic drugs.

October 14 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Industry Organization (BIO) thanks the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the opportunity to submit comments on the Draft Guidance for Industry on Clinical Pharmacology Labeling for Human Prescription Drug and Biological Products—Considerations, Content, and Format.  BIO welcomes this Draft Guidance to ensure appropriate consistency in the format and content of product labeling for all prescription drug products approved by the Agency.  
September 2 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 Current Good Manufacturing Practices—Interim Guidance for Human Drug Compounding Outsourcing Facilities Under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.”
August 26 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 Distributing Scientific and Medical Publications on Risk Information for Approved Prescription Drugs and Biological Products – Recommended Practices (Draft Guidance).
July 31 2014
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) thanks the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the opportunity to submit comments on the “The Food and Drug Administration Fiscal Year 2014-2018 Strategic Priorities.”
July 22 2014
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) thanks the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the opportunity to submit comments on the “Expedited Access for Premarket Approval Medical Devices Intended for Unmet Medical Need for Life Threatening or Irreversibly Debilitating Diseases or Conditions; Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff.”
October 1 2014
Relationships between life sciences industry and physicians lead to stronger R&D collaboration and educate health care providers
September 22 2014
Washington, D.C. (September 22, 2014) – BIO President and CEO James Greenwood joined AdvaMed President and CEO Stephen Ubl and PhRMA President and CEO John Castellani in a letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner highlighting ongoing concerns about a potential lack of necessary context around the Sunshine data release.  
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.