Health Care

A report by Health Advances found that significant limitations in the current reimbursement system for novel diagnostics lead to inconsistent coverage decisions and impede the investment necessary for the development of the next generation of diagnostics.

Sara Radcliffe, BIO Executive Vice President Health, presents an overview of BIO's commissioned study on Diagnostics Reimbursement at the Harvard Medical Center Partners Healthcare Personalized Medicine Conference: Impacting Healthcare.

A biologic is manufactured in a living system such as a microorganism, or plant or animal cells. Most biologics are very large, complex molecules or mixtures of molecules. Many biologics are produced using recombinant DNA technology.

In this presentation, BIO urges the Food and Drug Administration to prioritize patient safety and incentives for innovation at a public hearing on biosimilars.

Biotech research holds a great deal of promise for future innovation in the treatment of previously untreatable diseases. But how long does it take for a biotech therapy to come to market?

From genetic testing to earlier cancer diagnosis, to rapid result strep tests and diagnostic tools that can be used outside of a traditional hospital environment, biotechnology researchers are making great strides in the field of ddiagnostic tools.

On April 8, 2004, Genentech, Inc. filed a Citizen Petition with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), requesting that the agency refrain from (1) publishing a draft guidance document setting forth standards for so-called follow-on or "generic" biotechnology-derived products, and (2) approving an application filed under section 505(b)(2) of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) with respect to a biotechnology product that relies, directly or indirectly, on trade secret and confidential commercial data and information of an innovator.

The European Medicines Agency (EMEA), the European equivalent to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has implemented an approval scheme that specifically distinguishes between biosimilars (follow-on biologics) and generic drugs.

Letters, Testimony & Comments

July 10 2015
We applaud Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Congresswoman Diana DeGette’s (D-CO) efforts on H.R. 6., which takes important steps toward placing patients at the center of the drug development process, and we believe will help spur the development of therapies for the most prevalent conditions, as well as encourage development of treatments focused on rare conditions and other unmet medical needs. We strongly support establishing a framework for incorporating patient views into the development and regulatory review processes in a more structured and transparent way, both with respect to patient input for benefit-risk assessments and use of patient experience data in regulatory decision-making.
June 5 2015
BIO submitted a letter to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the Managers Amendment to PATENT Act.
June 4 2015
BIO submitted a letter to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the Managers Amendment to PATENT Act.
February 23 2015
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) thanks you for the opportunity to provide our initial thoughts on your report Innovation for Healthier Americans. BIO is the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.
February 5 2015
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) appreciates the opportunity to submit comments on two draft guidance release on October 3, 2014, entitled Framework for Regulatory Oversight of Laboratory Developed Tests (the "Framework Guidance") and FDA Notification and Medical Device Reporting for Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs) (the "Notification Guidance) (Collectively the "LDT Guidance").

Press Releases

November 18 2015
BIO released a list of seven proposed topics for the November 20th U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Forum on Pharmaceutical Innovation, Access, Affordability and Better Health. The consideration of these topics at the Forum will help to ensure that patients have access to the most innovative new treatments and cures.
October 8 2015
Communication Important for Patients and Physicians