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Improved perception of the industry

Monday, June 12, 2017

The 2017 Global Pharmaceutical Reptrak study, prepared each year by Boston’s Reputation Institute, showed that the public’s perception of the pharmaceutical industry has improved, earning an industry score of 71.8, up from 68.2 in 2016. Furthermore, about 44% of respondents viewed the industry as having an excellent reputation, a seven point increase since 2016. Similarly, the number of respondents who perceived the industry as weak or poor declined, moving to 26% from 35% in 2016.

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Enrollment strategies in the PMI Cohort Study will bolster diversity in clinical research industry-wide

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Cohort Program is an ambitious observational study backed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that seeks to enroll at least one million Americans by 2020. Because of its massive scale, the Cohort Program is often compared to the 1948 Framingham Heart Study. Yet a crucial differentiator is that the Cohort Program aims to recruit participants with diverse backgrounds and ethnicities to better understand the root cause of disease for all Americans.

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PatientsLikeMe names Marni Hall senior vice president

Monday, July 11, 2016

PatientsLikeMe has appointed Marni Hall, Ph.D., MPH, as its new senior vice president of Research and Policy. A distinguished research scientist and public policy expert, Hall will develop and direct the strategies and teams focused on expanding the role of real-world evidence in precision medicine, and in the research agendas of PatientsLikeMe and its customers.

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NIH awards $55M to build million-person precision medicine study

Thursday, July 7, 2016

The NIH has announced $55 million in awards in fiscal year 2016 to build the foundational partnerships and infrastructure needed to launch the Cohort Program of President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). The PMI Cohort Program is a landmark longitudinal research effort that aims to engage 1 million or more U.S. participants to improve our ability to prevent and treat disease based on individual differences in lifestyle, environment and genetics.

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Four NCI Cancer Centers form Consortium, collaborate with Celgene

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania, The Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University Medical Center, the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins and The Tisch Cancer Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai announced the establishment of a research consortium focused on accelerating the discovery and development of novel cancer therapeutics and diagnostics for the benefit of patients.

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PureTech, Siddhartha Mukherjee launch Vor BioPharma

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

PureTech Health has launched Vor BioPharma, an immuno-oncology company dedicated to developing a new class of targeted cell therapies. The company, which is advancing a novel approach to chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, has licensed its core technology from the lab of Vor scientific co-founder, Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of Medicine at Columbia University and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.

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Undiagnosed Diseases Network launches online application portal

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN), a clinical research initiative of the National Institutes of Health, has opened an online patient application portal called the UDN Gateway. Introduction of this application system sets the stage for the network to advance its core mission: to diagnose patients who suffer from conditions that even skilled physicians have been unable to diagnose despite extensive clinical investigation. These diseases are difficult for doctors to diagnose because they are rarely seen, have not previously been described or are unrecognized forms of more common diseases.

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NIH seeks ways to combine genomic information and EHRs

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

A dozen awards from the NIH will support research that incorporates DNA sequence information into electronic medical records. The goal of research conducted by the Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) network is to better understand the genomic basis of disease and to tailor medical care to individual patients based on their genomic differences.

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