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June 16, 2009
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  • Medicare advisers call for legal pathway for follow-on biologics
    The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission called on Congress to cut Medicare costs by reviewing the reimbursement rates for imaging scans, by providing a pathway that would enable the FDA to approve follow-on biologics and by reducing payments to private insurance plans. The recommendations come after President Barack Obama proposed to save $313 billion in Medicare spending to help support his $1 trillion health reform program. Reuters (6/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
White paper: Supply chain can drive future profits
Of healthcare executives surveyed, 89% say supply chain success is "extremely important" to achieving profitability goals over the next three years. Read the new white paper by Frost & Sullivan, "Why focusing on the supply chain is the key to growing customer relationships and winning in today's healthcare environment." Download it now for free.

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  • 2 senators work to block comparative-effectiveness bill
    Sens. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., introduced a bill that would block President Barack Obama's proposal to conduct comparative-effectiveness research on drugs, medical devices and other treatments. Kyl argued that the research would lead to rationed health care, eventually delaying treatment and weakening the quality of care. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (6/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Scientists find clue to chronic asthma
    U.K. researchers found that a cellular pump in airway muscle cells called SERCA2 plays a key role in the development of chronic asthma. The researchers say they hope the finding could lead to more effective ways of controlling asthma symptoms. BBC (6/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Why Success Is Less About Your Business and More About Aging Well
Do you have the qualities needed to age successfully? These 5 improvements may help the second half of your life be a smashing success. Read the featured article.

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  • Lilly rolls out Web portal for promising compounds
    Eli Lilly and Co. launched a Web portal that contains ideas and other data from academic researchers and biotech companies on potential and experimental compounds. The Lilly Phenotypic Drug Discovery Initiative allows the company to evaluate and possibly license treatments "that are never fully evaluated as potential drug candidates," a Lilly official said. Indianapolis Business Journal (6/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Combating Identity Theft in a Mobile, Social World
Mobile connectivity threats extend from consumers to the business environment. But who is really responsible for securing sensitive information? Smart business leaders are becoming proactive on the matter. Learn how to get protected in this white paper. Download the white paper now.

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  • Biofuel producers upbeat on meeting government mandates
    Biofuel companies are optimistic that they will be able to meet the federal mandates on biofuel production by using a variety of existing and emerging technologies. These technologies include Edenspace Systems' Energy Corn, a feedstock that aims to cut the cost of producing cellulosic biofuels, and Coskata's Flex Ethanol technology, a hybrid approach to producing fuel-grade ethanol. Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (6/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Feeling the pinch in today's market hurts
    Let BIO ease your pain with BIO Business Solutions, BIO's cost-savings program, which provides products and services specific to the life sciences industry at discounted prices and other benefits. Participation is free to members of BIO and 38 state/regional biotech associations, and more than 1,900 companies currently use BIO Business Solutions. See how BIO Business Solutions can help your bottom line. Get more information about the 15 money-saving opportunities here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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