Deloitte taps Dragos to provide industrial security solutions | Bricata beefs up cybersecurity package with Cylance deal | United Therapeutics weighs appeal after key patent setback
April 6, 2017
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Cybersecurity and Technology
Deloitte taps Dragos to provide industrial security solutions
Consulting firm Deloitte will use cybersecurity technology developed by Dragos, a Fulton-based startup, to defend industrial and infrastructure operating systems. "It's a validation of our technology and our people that a company of the size and expertise of Deloitte would be seeking us," said Robert Lee, a Dragos co-founder. (3/31) 
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Health IT
United Therapeutics weighs appeal after key patent setback
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the US Patent and Trademark Office has rejected patent claims by United Therapeutics that cover pulmonary arterial hypertension treatment drugs that produce nearly three-fourths of the company's sales. United Therapeutics officials said they are weighing an appeal of the decision.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Washington, D.C. (4/3) 
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Vaccine and Immunotherapeutics
CDC: Most flu-related pediatric deaths among unvaccinated US youths
CDC researchers found that only 26% of children and adolescents ages 6 months to 17 years who died from influenza in the US from 2010 to 2014 received flu vaccines before illness onset. The findings in Pediatrics, based on data from three comparison cohorts, also showed average flu vaccination coverage was 48% and overall vaccine efficacy against pediatric death was 65% during the same period.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (4/3),  Medscape (free registration) (4/3),  NBC News (4/3) 
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Zika vaccine advances to Phase II testing
The experimental vaccine developed by researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is now moving into its second phase of testing and will include more than 2,000 volunteers from the US and other countries. Funding for the $100 million clinical trial has been secured despite the proposed $7 billion cuts from the budget of the NIH, according to NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Reuters (3/31),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (3/31) 
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Biotech and Life Science
Gottlieb promises "bottom up" approach at FDA
Gottlieb promises "bottom up" approach at FDA
Gottlieb (Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
Scott Gottlieb, President Donald Trump's nominee for FDA commissioner, told the Senate Health, Labor, Education & Pensions Committee that he would take a "bottom up" approach to running the agency, guided by "the science and what's good for patients." Gottlieb said he supports vaccine research, said addressing opioid abuse would be his "highest immediate priority," and said he understands the importance of impartiality.
Regulatory Focus (4/5),  The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (4/5) 
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Government Affairs
House GOPs may update health bill today after White House pressure
Republican leaders are planning to make adjustments to their proposed health care bill after pressure from the White House to show progress on the legislation. An amendment to create a federal high-risk insurance pool to subsidize insurance for those with serious illness may be added at a Rules Committee meeting today.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (4/6) 
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Congress focuses on information sharing to prevent health care cyberattacks
Congress focuses on information sharing to prevent health care cyberattacks
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The House Energy and Commerce Committee's Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee discussed improving cybersecurity in the health care sector Tuesday. National Health ISAC President Denise Anderson testified that stressing the importance of information sharing, making sharing confidential, clearing up confusion about ISAC and establishing a government agency to help the sector could improve cybersecurity.
Politico (4/4) 
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Talent and Capital
Commentary: Pentagon must use National Guard in cyberdefense
The Pentagon needs to tap National Guard personnel to beef up its cybersecurity talent pool, writes Constance Douris. "Cyber warfare is an emerging and ever-evolving battlefield, and we must use all available tools to protect our nation's security, including those that already exist in our National Guard units," says Sen. Joni Ernst.
The National Interest online (3/27) 
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MTC News
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