Author Archives: Marie Powers

Old dogs and new tricks: The real-world consequences of excluding older adults from drug trials

How much time do you spend with old people? That’s a loaded question, of course. Age is a relative term, since we age every day and so does the world’s population. Even though the global median age was estimated at…

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Shoppers, start your engines: BioWorld’s 8th Annual Gift Guide

Google Glass? Fitbit? DNA necktie? Again this year, BioWorld Today polled our staffers, biotech execs, PR folks, tweeps and others in the science world to bring our readers top finds for the holidays. Enjoy! Books and entertainment             In February,…

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A little irony here? FDA’s technical difficulties on social media webinar send folks a’Twitter’

For more than five years, the FDA was criticized for failing to provide clear guidance on how drug developers could use social media without running afoul of its marketing restrictions. Last month, the agency finally came through with two crucial…

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Pigoons, politicians and the periodic table: BioWorld’s 8th annual biotech summer reading list

Ah, the summer holidays. Time to unplug – for minutes, hours or days at a time – prop up your feet and kick back. But what about a good read? Should you grab a relaxing snoozer that won’t tax your…

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U.S., EU biotechs shouldn’t dally on oft-cited ‘China strategy’

SUZHOU, China – Global intellectual property lawyers and consultants are quick to advise U.S. and European biotechs that they need a “China strategy” – guidance that usually generates a response akin to Scarlett O’Hara’s famous “I’ll think about it tomorrow”…

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Happy Holidays! BioWorld’s 7th Annual Biotech Gift Guide

Who needs Black Friday and Cyber Monday, anyway? True biotech aficionados know they can find the perfect gift for everyone on their holiday list in BioWorld’s 7th Annual Biotech Holiday Gift Guide. Shoppers, start your engines. Personal Health Last year,…

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Patient Experience Still Undervalued in Regulating Drugs

As I write this, I’m sitting in the University of British Columbia/Vancouver General Hospital (UBC/VGH) Eye Care Centre, where my husband, Chuck, is completing post-tests at the conclusion of a six-month study on prosopagnosia, otherwise known as face blindness. The…

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History, Mystery, Gastronomy in the Mix in BioWorld’s 7th Annual Biotech Summer Reading List

With the official start of summer just around the corner, BioWorld again polled industry execs and our own indefatigable staff to construct a diverse list of titles for your reading pleasure. Whether the summer solstice takes you to a deck…

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Statistical Tinkering in Device Regulation a Disservice to Patients

Despite the regulatory approval of new antiepileptic drugs (AED) over the past decade and the expansion of indications deemed suitable for epilepsy surgery, individuals with intractable seizures – roughly one in three epilepsy patients – still face a dearth of…

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BioWorld’s 6th Annual Holiday Gift Guide

It’s that time of year, when some thoughts turn to sugar plum fairies and others to the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference – or JPM#13 as it’s now widely known. Before you pop the cork on another New Year, however, it’s…

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