BIO International Convention

Tom Brokaw says one of the motivating factors for writing his new book, A Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope, was to help educate consumers about health care. "Most patients don't have a clue" about what they learn in doctors' offices and on the Internet, the former award-winning journalist noted today during his keynote luncheon remarks at the BIO International Convention. He said the country needs to have an informed debate on health care to address issues regarding affordability and access. Brokaw, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma two years ago, said he was fortunate to receive quality health care, but many Americans do not have the same options. "We need big ideas" in...
An award-winning journalist, a renowned expert in digital medicine and an internationally acclaimed jazz musician: What do they have in common? They each have a personal interest in research and innovation, and are the Keynote Speakers at the 2015 BIO International Convention in Philadelphia, June 15 -18. On Tuesday, June 16, renowned journalist Tom Brokaw will join Jim Greenwood, the president and CEO of BIO, and share his observations on the state of the U.S. and the world. Brokaw served as the anchor of NBC Nightly News for more than two decades and is the only person to have hosted all three major NBC News programs, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and Meet the Press . In 2014, Brokaw...
Scientific research is advancing the frontiers of knowledge with discoveries that will ultimately lead to the eradication of life-threatening conditions. Translating discoveries into safe and effective treatments for patients, however, requires robust investments, collaboration and the support of a modernized regulatory system. “When our laws don’t keep pace with innovation, we all lose,” said Representative Fred Upton (R-MI-06), chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Rep. Upton and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO-01) are spearheading the 21 st Century Cures Act which aims to accelerate the pace of medical innovation from discovery, development to delivery. During the upcoming BIO...
The serendipitous discovery of penicillin by Alexander Fleming in 1928 transformed the course of modern medicine. Penicillin, followed by a series of other antibiotics, seemed to promise a world free of infectious diseases that once killed millions of people worldwide. Medical breakthroughs such as organ transplants and chemotherapy would not have been possible without the development of antimicrobials. Fleming warned, however, that microbes have the ability to, and inevitably will, develop resistance to antibiotics. It did not take long to prove him right, with drug-resistant strains appearing just within years after the introduction of penicillin, as was the case for many subsequent...
Precision medicine is yielding promising results in treatments of certain diseases, including cancer and cystic fibrosis. It takes a greater and sustained national commitment to accelerate progress that accounts for individual variability in the genes, environment, and lifestyle of each person, and move the concept into clinical practice to benefit more patients. One such commitment has been made by President Obama through the Precision Medicine Initiative, with a $215 million investment in the President’s FY16 Budget. One immediate goal of the Initiative is to significantly expand efforts in cancer genomics to shape the development and use of some cancer treatments. The NIH Innovation Fund...

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Without research, there is no hope.
The Honorable Paul G. Rogers