Category Archives: Gene therapy
By Ben Comer | Published: March 21, 2012
In judging the Prometheus patents invalid, the Supreme Court may have shown its hand on the upcoming Myriad Genetics case. In a unanimous decision on Tuesday, the Supreme Court stripped two Prometheus patents on the grounds that the company didn’t go far enough beyond merely identifying a natural law. Natural laws – a product [...]
By Ben Comer | Published: March 13, 2012
Over a hundred public companies, dozens of clinicians, and several regulators participated in investment firm Leerink Swann’s 2012 Healthcare Conference in mid-February. Press was barred from the event, but John Sullivan, Leerink’s director of research, gives PharmExec a few of the take-aways.
By Ben Comer | Published: September 27, 2011
While Big Pharma frets over the costs and risks associated with exploratory endpoints in the clinic and the vagaries of companion diagnostic reimbursement, non-profit organizations like the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) are stepping in to provide pharmacogenomic research for the next generation of cancer drugs.
By Jennifer Ringler | Published: June 8, 2011
The Creating Hope Act of 2011, along with advancements in science and a shift in focus for Big Pharma, means that rare and pediatric orphan diseases may finally get the attention they deserve. “As a society, as we’re having this big debate around healthcare, everyone agrees that there’s a certain baseline of people that we [...]
By Guest Blogger | Published: January 26, 2011
As the National Institutes for Health hits the headlines over its remit to help develop new medicines, Director Francis Collins talks to Pharm Exec about the new initiatives he sees as critical for innovation, industry and public health. Francis Collins devoted more than 15 years in the lab to deciphering the human genome. Ten years later, [...]