Biopharma is Big Business for drugmakers. But it's also becoming Big Business for the entertainment industry with everyone from pulp authors, Hollywood screenwriters and TV scribes weaving biotech and biodrugs into their latest plots.
In the 'Biopharma Culture' Blog the editorial team will take a look at the portrayal of biopharmaceuticals and the industry that makes them. We will also discuss the coverage of biopharmaceutical manufacturing in the wider media and politics.
07-Mar-2017 - Canada-based Tonix Pharmaceuticals has developed a novel live-virus vaccine for smallpox, which the firm claims is a safer alternative for biodefense stockpiles.
22-Feb-2017 - Vaccines do not cause autism and people who say otherwise are wrong.
23-Dec-2016 - Over 30 companies are looking to compete against Abbvie in the adalimumab space. Can you find them all in our word search?
30-Aug-2016 - A device that isolates and sprays a patient’s own stem cells onto serious burns could have significant implications in the organ regeneration industry, says developer RenovaCare.
16-Aug-2016 - Phages, peptides and live biotherapeutics could help combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria but don’t expect heavy R&D investment until people start dying from post-operative infection, says EpiBiome.
08-Jul-2016 - HIV patients with lymphoma should be offered a standard treatment for the cancer which many have been denied for years.
29-Mar-2016 - Researchers at the University of California have successfully regenerated corticospinal tract tissue in rat models using stem cell-derived neurons.
08-Feb-2016 - Persuasive anti-vaxx posts on social media may stop parents vaccinating their kids say researchers.
24-Nov-2015 - Scientists trying to curb malaria deaths usually concentrate on preventing mosquito bites or developing human vaccines and therapies, but novel gene-editing tool CRISPR is opening up another path.
06-Nov-2015 - Corrective gene therapies for an inherited eye disease could allow even patients with later stages of the disease to benefit from intervention.
25-Sep-2015 - Air pollution increases the likelihood that people genetically predisposed to Alzheimer’s will develop the disease according to Mexican researchers.
22-May-2015 - Big Pharma is not the only slow moving behemoth involved in the CRISPR/Cas9 revolution with a US team citing the gene editing tech as key to its efforts to resurrect the...
12-Mar-2015 - Ancient nomadic kings’ love of life in the saddle did not hamper another of their favourite pastimes according to a study suggesting millions of Asian men are descended from just...
13-Jan-2015 - Did you know that throughout the nineteenth century, vaccination left a scar known as “the mark of the beast”? Or that parents believed vaccination would cause children to grow cows’...
13-Jan-2015 - In an exclusive extract from her recent book On Immunity: An Innoculation, author Eula Biss describes her exploration of the social history and cultural myths surrounding vaccines.To be in with...
02-Dec-2014 - Richard the III was blond, blue-eyed and may owe a substantial parking fine based on new genetic research that solves a 529-year old missing persons case.
14-Nov-2014 - There is no evidence that Ebola arrived on Earth from the stars, say a number of virologists, debunking media speculation that viruses had their origins in the Milky Way.
21-Oct-2014 - Ramesses II didn't need Enbrel, Remicade, Humira or any other TNFα blocker according to a study that rejects the idea the pharaoh was plagued, all puns intended, by ankylosing spondylitis....
17-Sep-2014 - On the eve of the historical vote on Scottish independence from the UK tomorrow, we take a look at the pharma inventions Scotland gave the world.
01-Aug-2014 - A newly discovered virus which infects intestinal bacteria might be a cause of obesity, but could increasing interest in bacteriophages drive new personalised medicines and alternatives to antibiotics?
09-Jul-2014 - For live vaccine manufacturers working to extend shelf-life, the discovery that 60-year old smallpox virus found at a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lab could still be viable will be...
10-Jun-2014 - Shark antibodies survive in urea concentrations that would denature other proteins thanks to a newly discovered structure that scientists say could be used to make therapeutic mAbs more robust.
27-May-2014 - A government funded bioprocessing institute is helping to drive biopharma investment and retrain workers in Ireland, and Biopharma-Reporter.com visited to find out what happens in this "flight simulator for biopharma manufacturing."...
18-Apr-2014 - The US biosimilars market is becoming complicated even before the US FDA has issued manufacturers with clear guidance, thanks to a rapidly evolving patchwork of varying State substitution laws.
21-Mar-2014 - Government-backing for a large-scale cell therapy centre is justified because it will help developers navigate the “valley of death” in which many early-phase projects fail says the team planning the...