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Ebola: The Scariest Stories Are Always Non-Fiction

It was the year 2014...   The World Health Organization (WHO) issues this frightening  statement, "In a post-antibiotic era in which common infections and minor injuries can kill - far from being an apocalyptic fantasy, is instead a very real possibility for the 21st Century."   Drug development slows. The approval of antibiotics and antivirals have been been cut by two-thirds during the period from 1980 to 2009.  Infectious disease experts maintain overuse has...

31 - October - 2014

On Leadership - Are You Raising a Wolf or Dog Pack?

A new study presented at the Animal Behavior Society Conference categorizes wolves *not* dogs as the more tolerant, cooperative and independent thinking of the species.   The theory and supporting data presented goes on to explain that we have bred and trained dogs into a hierarchal, obedient species.    Our four-legged friends have become ever more reliant on us, their human pack leaders.     Two separate tests were conducted, both studies were evenly...

04 - October - 2014

Patent Headwinds- Trouble Ahead for Biotech Innovation

Newly issued guidance by the Supreme Court has the potential to re-shape the landscape of biologic drug and product commercialization. Two recent Supreme Court decisions have emboldened the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to announce that thousands of patents, if reviewed today, would never have been approved.The most recent, 2013 Association for Molecular Pathology. Myriad Genetics Inc., argued that human genes can not be patented because they occur naturally.  2012 Mayo...

31 - July - 2014

Private Health Insurance Exchanges

The Affordable Care Act has excessively publicized the concept of public health insurance exchanges. But most have heard little about Private Health Insurance Exchanges (PHIXs). Private Health Insurance Exchanges (PHIXs) are marketplaces where employees of private companies can purchase their own health insurance in a retail, “Amazon-like”, self-directed fashion. “Health insurance in the U.S. is at the cusp of a major transition from an employer driven payor model to a model directly involving...

30 - June - 2014

Cosmetics: Shopping China’s Beauty Aisle

China has undergone significant transformation in its beauty and personal care industry over the past decade.  Beauty is now big business in China. The country’s cosmetic market is now the third-largest in the world, with $26 billion in sales last year. The market has grown at an annualized 11% rate since 2009.  Foreign cosmetic firms have had to adapt their offerings and marketing strategies to maintain their leadership in an increasingly competitive cosmetic market. The key foreign...

30 - June - 2014

A Targeted Approach: DNA Diagnostics

Targeted drug therapies continue to offer glimpses of breakthrough drug discoveries. Although the ultimate goal is to treat and cure diseases, this same molecular targeting is proving to be superior in diagnosing various medical conditions. Take, for example, Exact Sciences, who recently received an unanimous vote of confidence to have the FDA approve their DNA targeted diagnostic test. The test uses DNA markers to flag the presence of colon cancer. In the one-and-one-half...

31 - May - 2014
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