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BIOBLURB by Sofya Bakalova

 

A Message from your Editor:

Greetings, dear readers! Below please find the latest issue of the BioBlurb. As always I encourage attorneys, law students, and industry professionals to submit biotech-related stories of interest to my e-mail address. In this issue, find out why the FDA chided a major drug maker, the US Supreme Court is bracing for case load increase, and venture capitalists continue to show interest in Biotech sector!

Thank you,

Sofya Bakalova
sb4711@students.law.miami.edu

BIOTECH BREAKTHROUGHS, NEW RESEARCH DIRECTIONS & APPLICATIONS IN CLINICAL MEDICINE:
"Scientists Track Variant of Gene-Regulating Protein in Embryonic Stem Cells."
The journey from embryonic stem cell to a fully developed liver, heart or muscle cell requires not only the right genes, but genes that are turned on and off at the right time, according to Science Daily (April 16, 2010).
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100410140854.htm

Gene Variant Linked to Thinking Skills in Elderly. A gene variant that may help protect memory and thinking skills in elderly people has been identified by U.S. researchers. Discovery may lead to new treatments for age-related memory loss, according to Health Day News (April 21, 2010).
http://www.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=638189

INTERNATIONAL BIOTECH NEWS:
"Chinese Scientists Discover Marker Indicating the Developmental Potential of Stem Cells."Researchers in China are reporting that they have found a way to determine which differentiated body cells that have been reprogrammed into a primordial, embryonic-like state are the most viable for therapeutic applications, according to Science Daily (April 18, 2010).
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100416094016.htm

Hormone Sensitivity of Breast Stem Cells Presents Drug Target . Researchers at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (Australia) have discovered that breast stem cells are exquisitely sensitive to the female hormones estrogen and progesterone, a finding that opens the way for the development of new preventions and treatments for breast cancer, according to Science Daily (April 12, 2010).
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100411143357.htm

BIOTECH INDUSTRY NEWS:
"First-Quarter VC Investments Up 38 Percent Over Last Year."Venture capitalists invested $1.3 billion in 160 deals in the life sciences industry during the first quarter, with $825 million going to biotech firms, according to American City Business Journals (April 16, 2010).
http://tinyurl.com/y3lbyvr

Price Controls Expected to Slow Drug Sales in 2010. Pharmaceutical sales growth worldwide will slow this year due to expiring patents for 'blockbuster'
drugs and tighter price controls imposed by European governments, according to Google News/ The Associated Press (April 21, 2010).
http://tinyurl.com/y68ygn8

LEGISLATIVE, POLICY & REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS:
"FDA Chides Glaxo for Cancer-Drug Ad."The FDA warned GlaxoSmithKline regarding promotional material that the agency said fails to adequately state the risks of cancer drug Arzerra and bladder treatment Vesicare, according to The Wall Street Journal (April 16, 2010).
http://tinyurl.com/y4v3ab3

U.S. Reforms to Hurt Non-Profit Hospitals . The healthcare overhaul will ultimately hurt the credit profiles of not-for-profit hospitals, despite some positive effects, according to Reuters (April 16, 2010).
http://tinyurl.com/y3hmx3h

Cancer Research by U.S. Disorganized, Underfunded, Study Says . An analysis by the Institute of Medicine shows that 40% of Phase III clinical trials conducted by the Clinical Trials Cooperative Group Program, a unit of the National Cancer Institute, end up being terminated because of inefficiency and lack of funding, according to Bloomberg (April 15, 2010).
http://tinyurl.com/y7jlc9a

Resistance to Health Care Bill Strong . Associated Press-GfK poll finds that the number of Americans opposed to the health reform law increased after it was enacted, according to The Washington Post (April 15, 2010).
http://tinyurl.com/y4e3e7k

PATENT, IP & OTHER LEGAL ISSUES:
"Breyer: Health Overhaul Could Come Before Court."Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer said he expects an increase in the high court's caseload as several states plan to challenge the constitutionality of certain provisions of the new health reform law, according to The Washington Post (April 15, 2010).
http://tinyurl.com/y3mzxqp

More Harm Than Good? Patenting Genes is Bad for Diagnosis . Economic rationale for single gene patenting is clear, but latest research suggests that exclusive licensing of gene-based diagnostic tests may deprive many patients of the benefits of genetic discoveries, according to The Economist (April 15, 2010).
http://tinyurl.com/y6cpqaf

Genetics in Medicine April 2010 Supplement:
http://journals.lww.com/geneticsinmedicine/toc/2010/04001

 

Sofya Bakalova
University of Miami School of Law
J.D. Candidate - Class of 2010
sb4711@students.law.miami.edu

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