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The Medical and Investment Ramifications of SCI Stem Cell Trial

February 6, 2017

Asterias Biotherapeutics (AST) continues to generate excitement and buzz around a transformative medical breakthrough. I wrote about this historic event back in September when the company first released results about its stem cell treatment for catastrophic spinal cord injury (SCI).

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Black Swans, Barbells, and BioTech

January 30, 2017

Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s 2006 book, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, popularized the view that societies have trouble dealing with big changes. Most people tend to think that things will go on pretty much as they have been… until they don’t.

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The Economic Case for a Transformational Leader as FDA Chief

January 23, 2017

In the last eight years, the US debt has basically doubled to almost $20 trillion. But many still portray the economy as fundamentally healthy. It’s like a family that claims high levels of spending are proof that everything’s great… even while maxing out the credit cards. At some point, it has to end. And high levels of debt will make recovery even more difficult.

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Trump’s Murder by Pharma Comment Should Be Taken Seriously

January 16, 2017

Last week, Donald Trump complained about drug prices in a press conference. Drug companies, he said, are “getting away with murder.” During that presser, pharma and biotech stocks lost over $20 billion in value. Investors should have learned an important lesson. They probably didn’t.

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The Defense Department and Antarctic Eelpouts May End America’s Biggest Medical Killer

January 9, 2017

What’s the one medical condition most likely to kill you? If you follow statistics, you’d probably say heart disease. About one in four deaths in the US is due to the condition. Each year, more than a million Americans have a heart attack. Though heart disease tops most “causes of death” lists, far more Americans die due to the transplant organ shortage.

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More Evidence That Aging Can Be Reversed

December 19, 2016

Two weeks ago, Michael West, PhD, gave a keynote address to the World Stem Cell Summit. In it, West said that he and his collaborators are learning to unlock powers in our genomes to reverse aging and repair even major injuries.

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Trump’s FDA Chief Could Save Your Life

December 12, 2016

President-elect Trump’s cabinet appointments are generating a great deal of attention and controversy. After eight years of Democrat rule, it would be foolish to expect otherwise.

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The 21st Century Cures Act Won’t Cure Our Healthcare Problems

December 5, 2016

Having passed the House with overwhelming support, the $6 billion 21st Century Cures Act is on track to become law. Its original purpose (before lobbyists spent more than $100 million to influence the legislation) was to accelerate the development and approval of new drugs and medical devices.

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