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An international biotech tackles CRISPR gene editing tech with $25M bankroll

Posted under Blog, Companies, CRISPR Therapeutics, Diagnostics, Funding, Medical Devices, Medical Supply, Pharmaceuticals, R&D, Startups, Universities, Videos by John Carroll

A hybrid international biotech upstart with deep U.S. academic roots, a company base in Basel and a plan to grow its research operations in London has landed a $25 million A round to launch another effort at gene editing using CRISPR/Cas9 technology--one of the hottest emerging fields in drug development.

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Administrative Professionals Day

Posted under 2014 BIO International Convention, Administrative Professionals Day, BIO Events, BIO International Convention, Blog, Companies, Diagnostics, Events, Funding, Medical Devices, Medical Supply, Pharmaceuticals, Startups, Universities, Videos by (Biotechnology Industry Organization)

Today is one of the most important office holidays of the year: Administrative Professionals Day. On this day, we take the time to celebrate and thank the hardworking professionals who help keep the trains running on time. Administrative workers handle some of the most important tasks in any office – like booking travel for the BIO International Convention. I know that navigating the Convention is certainly easier with the aid of my Executive Assistant, Kristina, who helps me to manage a busy schedule of informative Program Sessions as well as One-on-One Partnering meetings.

For any bosses out there who may have forgotten this important event, there’s still time to do something nice for your office admin. As much as they might enjoy – and you might benefit from – taking them to the Convention in San Diego this June, has put together a few ideas at a bit lower of a price point. If you have any great ideas, let us know in the comments.

To all the administrative professionals reading this – especially Kristina – I’ll say it one more time: thank you.


Resolve to Know More During National Infertility Awareness Week®

Posted under Blog, Companies, Diagnostics, Funding, Health, Infertility, Medical Devices, Medical Supply, National Infertility Awareness Week, NIAW, Pharmaceuticals, Startups, Universities, Videos by (Biotechnology Industry Organization)

Did you know that 1 in 8 couples struggle to have children and build their families due to the disease of infertility? This statistic represents a colleague, a friend in your book club, a couple at your Thanksgiving dinner table. Having infertility can feel embarrassing and isolating, but you can help your friends feel less misunderstood and alone by resolving to know more about infertility this week, during National Infertility Awareness Week®.

NIAWThis year marks the 25th anniversary of National Infertility Awareness Week® (NIAW), a movement that began in 1989 with the goal of raising awareness about the disease of infertility and to encourage the public to understand their reproductive health.

What is infertility?

Infertility is a disease of the reproductive system. One third (30%) of infertility can be attributed to male factors, and about one third (30%) can be attributed to female factors. In about 20% of cases infertility is unexplained, and the remaining 10% of infertility is caused by a combination of problems in both partners.

Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive or carry a pregnancy to term after 12 months of trying to conceive. If you are over the age of 35, the time of trying to conceive is reduced to 6 months. It is important to see a specialist, or a reproductive endocrinologist, or in some cases your OB/GYN or urologist for a complete fertility work-up and diagnosis.

What is National Infertility Awareness Week and why is it important?

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association founded this movement and continues to work with the professional family building community, corporate partners, and the media to:

  1. Ensure that people trying to conceive know the guidelines for seeing a specialist when they are trying to conceive;
  2. Enhance public understanding that infertility is a disease that needs and deserves attention; and
  3. Educate legislators about the disease of infertility and how it impacts people in their state.

Since National Infertility Awareness Week began 25 years ago in 1989, there have been significant advances in medical and information technology, expanding the medical options available to infertile people to conceive a child, the ways in which they gather information about their infertility diagnosis and family building options, and how they seek support. Although more options are available to people trying to conceive a child and more widespread information about the option of adoption inspires hope, reaching a family building resolution has become more difficult. “What has not changed is the fact that going through infertility is an emotional crisis. Now there are even more choices that both an individual and their partner, if they have one, have to agree on,” remarked Diane Clapp, BSN,RN, former medical information director, RESOLVE.

In addition, the general public has inadequate knowledge about what infertility is, making it difficult for people with infertility to receive the support and acknowledgement from friends and family. Think about if your friend was diagnosed with breast cancer, and had to make a decision about what medical treatment to receive. You would understand the severity of the diagnosis, the decision, and the emotional impact. A person struggling with infertility needs the same type of support and understanding from his or her friends and family.

So what can you do?

This issue seems big, but there are a lot of small things you can do that will go a long way.

RESOLVE hopes that as public awareness about infertility and access to care improves, people with infertility will be more prepared for their infertility journey and they will have the resources they need to feel more supported, both by their community and by legislation that gives them access to care they would receive for any other medical disease, helping them feel less isolated. At RESOLVE, we are fighting for the whole infertility community and are committed to ensuring that everyone diagnosed with infertility has the support and information they need to reach their family building resolution.

Barbara Collura
RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association


GSK’s R&D staff hit with trade rumors spurred by Novartis’ cancer pact

Posted under Blog, Companies, Diagnostics, Funding, GlaxoSmithKline, Medical Devices, Medical Supply, Novartis, Pharmaceuticals, Startups, Universities, Videos by John Carroll

GlaxoSmithKline hasn't spelled out exactly how its big deal with Novartis will impact individual workers. But the rumor mill has it that more than 100 investigators in cancer R&D in Collegeville, PA, are about to become Novartis workers.