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Post-Convention Recap of BIO 2015: What the Official Bloggers Have to Say

June 22, 2015
Every day during the BIO International Convention our BIO Official Bloggers, writers who are on top of the biotechnology beat, release statements about their experience. BIO 2015 was a huge success, and the bloggers have one last report they want to share with you:

Genomics Blog
By Mike Spear

Anvita Gupta, a 12th grade student from Scottsdale, Arizona received top prize for the Sanofi BioGENEius Global Healthcare Challenge and Han Jie Wang, a grade 11 Vancouver, BC student took top honour in the Global Environment Challenge this week in Philadelphia. The poster presentation and pitch to the judges on Tuesday was the final step in a process that Canadian, U.S., and German high school students go through to claim international recognition and the cash prize that comes with it. Read more…

Two Canadian students made it to the final stage of the International BioGENEius Challenge at the annual BIO Conference in Philadelphia. One of them walked away with a top prize and the other proved he belongs with some of the brightest young science minds from Canada, the U.S., and Germany. Ontario's Aditya Mohan and Austin Wang from B.C first won their regional competitions and then last month emerged as the top two National winners and earned the trip to BIO. Read more…

The Pink Sheet
By Lisa LaMotta

While the increase is clearly a positive, big pharma executives on a June 18 panel at the Biotechnology Industry Organization meeting in Philadelphia noted that VCs are now funding biotechs to be sold, instead of investing in the creation of companies. Read more…

By Donna Young

There are a number of factors why industry has been hesitant to invest in new antibiotics, said Julie Gerberding, executive VP of strategic communications, global public policy and population health at Merck & Co. Inc. and the former director of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention during the George W. Bush administration. "We are now operating in an environment where the productivity of our research and development is under intense scrutiny," she told attendees during a session at the annual meeting in Philadelphia of the Biotechnology Industry Organization. Read more…

Scrip Intelligence
By Donna Young

BIO 2015 Dispatches: Payer considerations, engagement key to biopharma success

BIO 2015 Dispatches: Enough ideas, plans; time for action on antimicrobial resistance: Antimicrobial resistance has been an emerging problem that has progressively gotten worse, which scientists have warned about for much of the past century, noted Steve Solomon, of Global Public Health Consulting and the former director of the Office of Antimicrobial Resistance at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.