Posted by: Audrey Erbes | January 15, 2017

Budget Reconciliation Process Used to Repeal Obamacare

Major GOP Assault Using Budget Reconciliation Process to Void Affordable Care Act Underway

Both the GOP controlled Senate and House of Representatives have now started the process of ACA repeal using budget process called budget reconciliation. Both the budget and the follow up “reconciliation” bill can pass the Senate by a simple majority vote after limited debate versus face Democratic filibuster requiring 60 votes to pass. Several Republicans have expressed concern of repealing the act without a viable replacement. GOP leadership claims they will move quickly to replace it but haven’t offered a timeline. Insurers will take action as soon as they see likelihood of repeal occurring. This alone can be tragic for health care for so many Americans.

Some suggest that some pieces of the law such as mandating that insurance companies cover people with pre-exiting medical conditions, cannot be modified in a fast-track reconciliation measure being used by the Congress. You are probably receiving requests to sign petitions and donate money to inform Congressmen and women who don’t understand the financials of the ACA. In simple terms between 20 and 30 million Americans will lose coverage with repeal, but that shocking number hasn’t slowed down the rhetoric and sounds bites of repeal and replace.

There are so many attacks on progressive values and established programs like the ACA, Medicare and Medicaid all at once based on Republican leadership strategy of moving all actions so fast that Democrats and citizens can’t respond effectively. They are interconnected. If one destroys the progress made with the ACA in achieving fuller medical access to our citizens, other long standing programs like Medicare and Medicaid are at risk.

Remember the Affordable Health Care is flawed in eyes of Republicans who worry about business interests being threatened. The Congress rejected a single-payer approach which would do away with our market-placed system which raises the cost of health care. Republicans are repealing it before they know what might eventually take its place. Under an incoming President without any seeming civic interests, the Congress for the most part is turning a deaf ear to crisis that could result from their actions.

Committed opposition can defeat the GOP plans to ramrod this legislation and appointment of Tom Price as head of health agency. Call, write, sign petitions, attend town halls, organize protests and get to know aides who listen to reason. Be polite, persuasive – and persistent.  There are several events underway in our area today and this week.
(“Republican ACA Repeal Bill Would Unravel the Market Even Before It Goes into Effect,” written by Topher Spiro and Thomas Huelskoetter,Nov. 16, 2016, at

Highlights of Upcoming Life Science Events Week of Jan. 15, 2017

  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, Jan. 17, 2017, Topic: “Supply Chains for New Product Introductions, “ Speaker: Farzin Shadpour, Head of Global Supply Chain & Procurement, Theranos
  • WIB, JP Morgan Conference Wrap Up, Wednesday Morning, January 18, 2017
  • HBA San Francisco Bay Area, Thursday Evening, Jan. 19, 2017; Event: “Insights and Trends from the 2017 J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference”
  • Women’s March, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017;The Women’s March is a national movement to unify and empower everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all. There are two local marches on January 21 – one in Oakland and one in San Francisco. These events are not sponsored by AWIS, but we encourage your participation. Oakland: 10am – 3pm, Saturday, January 21, 2017. Visit the Facebook Oakland event page for more information.San Francisco: 4pm – 9pm, Saturday, January 21, 2017. Visit the Facebook San Francisco event page for more information. There are also events in San Jose.

You can download the details for the upcoming events this week and those through April 2017 with audreys-picks-jan-15-2017.


Posted by: Audrey Erbes | January 8, 2017

Republican Congress Moves on Repeal of Affordable Care Act

Republicans Tackle Defunding Both Affordable Care Act and Planned Parenthood

It is sorry day for Americans as elected officials race to repeal the Affordable Care Act  but don’t yet have viable replacement.  Trump wants to continue children under 26 staying on their parents’ health care and those with preexisting conditions but without the mandatory enrollment for all, there won’t be funds to carry older citizens with preexisting conditions.

Leading Democrats have challenged Republicans to repeal ACA and then see what happens with Trumpcare when conservatives refuse to fund it. It’s basic knowledge learned over centuries not to tear down institutions without a satisfactory replacement. Some more realitistic Republicans recognize is the disaster potential in the planned moves. It appears a majority of Republican lawmakers have been stuck in campaigning mode with Trump rather than legislating. Perhaps 8 years of inaction have caused them to forget the skills of their job!

Planned Parenthood has been attacked by Congressmen because they don’t understand its role in providing excellent health care at low price to Americans—they would scrap a system build up over decades to meet need of youth and underserved citizens, that

-protects and expands access to health care for women, men, and young people.

-provides contraceptive services  to 55 million women  and no-copay birth control thanks to the Affordable Care Act — saving women an estimated $1.4 billion

-Reaches  1.5 million young people and adults in the U.S. (2015) with sex education (no wonder we’re at a 40-year low in teen pregnancy in this country)

Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) supports 59 independently incorporated affiliates that operate 661 health centers across the U.S., which have seen 2.5 million patients this year.

Join Congresswoman Pelosi and sign petition Stand up For Planned Parenthood at A visit to your local representative’s office or phone call will also be helpful

We’re just days away from Senate nomination hearings for U.S. Representative Tom Price (R-GA), Donald Trump’s extreme nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services who claims he hadn’t known single woman who has struggled to afford contraception. He is so uninformed!!  Tell senators to oppose Rep. Tom Price’s nomination as Secretary of Health and Human Services. He wants to replace ACA with one of his ideas which will decrease quality of care that he has presented since 2009 which would reinforce the market-based health care system prior to the ACA. He wrongly claims insurance premiums have risen higher over past rates prior to Obama administration. They are actually rising at lower rate than prior to Obama entering office and pushing for the ACA.

Highlights of Upcoming Life Science Meetings Week of Jan. 8, 2017

  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Evening, Jan. 10, 2017, Topic: “Commercialization of Innovations: The Larta story,” Speaker: Carlos Gutierrez, Chief Strategy Officer, Larta Institute
  • The J.P. Morgan 35th Annual Healthcare Conference will take place 9 – 12 January 2017 in San Francisco, CA, USA.
  • San Francisco AWIS, Wednesday Evening, Jan. 11, 2017, Event: Networking Social
  • WIB San Francisco, Thursday Morning, Jan. 12, 2017, Topic: “Changing Tides: Forecasting the Outlook for Biotech in 2017 at the JP Morgan Conference”

You can download the details for the upcoming events this week and those through April 2017 with audreys-picks-jan-8-2017


Posted by: Audrey Erbes | January 1, 2017

Future of Healthcare Under Trump Uncertain

Future of Healthcare Under Trump Uncertain

One of the biggest promises of the Presidential -Elect Donald Trump was the repeal of Obamacare aka the Affordable Care Act. As with most of his promises in the form of sound bites and slogans, they didn’t convey the complexity of the healthcare act and the disruption that would occur with a straight repeal and replacement. The Republican Party has never presented a serious replacement and is now suggesting that it might take 3 or more years for them to find a replacement without creating unworkable finances and disruption of continuing care. (“Repeal Obamacare? Not So Fast: The GOP plan to replace Obamacare leaves poorer, sicker people much worse off.”

Donald Trump’s apparent change of heart after meeting with President Obama shortly after the election indicated he wanted to maintain the parts of the Affordable Care Act that allow individuals under 26 to stay on their parents’ insurance and prohibition of insurers denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions may not hold. Trump’s appointment of Rep. Tom Price to head up the HHS suggests that the administration may take go beyond undoing ACA “into a bold attempt to revamp Medicare and Medicaid and the federal government’s role in health care.” (“Repeal and Replace: Maybe not so fast, maybe not all of it,” p. 16, Managed Care (Dec. 2016), 

Highlights of Bay Area Life Science Events from Jan. 2, 2017

  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, Jan. 3. 2017, Topic: “Looking in the Rearview Mirror – Can We Say Anything About SFBA Life Science Performance in 2017,” Speaker: Harry Wachob, PhD, President, The Bio2Device Group
  • QB3, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, Topic: “Assessing The Realistic Breadth Of A Patent: Design-Arounds And Claim Strategy,” Speaker: Michael Hostetler, Phd, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati
  • Triple Ring Technologies, Thursday Evening, Jan. 7, 2016, Topic: “Developing Personalized Cartilage Repair,” Speaker: Grace D. O’Connell , PhD, is co-director of the Berkeley Biomechanics Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of California, Berkeley

You can download the details for the upcoming events this week and those through March 2017 with audreys-picks-jan-2-2017.



Future of Medical Coverage for Preexisting Conditions

There is great concern that 52 million Americans will lose their medical coverage due to their preexisting medical conditions not covered by insurers before the Affordable Care Act was signed. Despite President-Elect Trump claiming that part of the ACA wouldn’t be removed, it’s not clear how the Republican alternative plans can afford to retain it. The national rate for “declinable” preexisting conditions averages 27 percent nationally with lower rate of 24 percent in California rates are higher (32 – 43 percent) in Republican controlled states.

We know that without the national mandate established under the state and federal insurance exchanges, the coverage won’t be affordable. We will have to see this play out.

(Sources: San Jose Mercury News, p. 1, Dec. 18, 2016 and “52 Million Americans Under Age 65 Have Pre-Existing Health Conditions: Kaiser,” December 15, 2016,

There are no meetings scheduled for this coming week. Have a great holiday as possible in the next weeks.



Posted by: Audrey Erbes | December 11, 2016

Stick with Hope Working with Others to Avoid Despair

Stick with Hope Working with Others and Avoid Despair

These are trying times, especially, for highly educated professionals who research and made decisions based on fact and evidence. Hearing the potential EPA head would like to eliminate the EPA and potential head of FDA might want to cut back on regulations to decrease length of time of drug development is very upsetting. These negative attitudes question the importance of years of work to establish truths and principles to guide scientific work.

I share with you that one can benefit by focusing on hope and practicing actions that will help us move forward in face of rash changes through the potential chaos created by appointees who don’t agree with science developed over decades.  For some it is the pure economic benefit that supports their path.

Optimism and pessimism are fact-based concepts familiar to us in our work while hope and despair are emotionally based. I find that this concept is helpful in moving on each day and facing the rough times ahead. As individuals we cannot bring much light to the situation but through communities of like-minded parities, we can together be effective with hope to avoid despair.

Highlights of Bay Area Bioscience Events Week of Dec. 11, 2016

  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Evening, Dec. 13, 2016, Topic: “Earlens: Next Generation Hearing Technology Overview,” Speakers: Bill Facteau, CEO and Brent Edwards, CTO, Earlens Corporation
  • Palo Alto AWIS, Wednesday Evening, Dec. 14, 2016, Event: “A Holiday Party (food and wine served)”
  • BioScience Forum, Wednesday Evening, Dec. 14, 2016, Topic: “Improvement of Fibrosis in Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) Patients: Clinical Development of a Potential Small Molecule Therapeutic,” Speaker: Laurent Fischer, M.D., Former Chief Executive Officer Tobira Therapeutics,Head of Liver Therapeutic Area, Allergan

You can download the details for the upcoming events this week and those through March 2017 with audreys-picks-dec-11-2016.


Posted by: Audrey Erbes | December 4, 2016

Japanese Price Cutting to Become More Frequent

Japanese Drug Pricing Cuts Expected To Be More Frequent

For decades Japan has cut prices on launched drugs every two years after launch. Anticipated pricing reforms will likely include reviewing drug reimbursements annually going forward according to Japan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association Director of International Affairs Takeshi Shigihara.

Japan has recently undertaken several aggressive price cuts for prescription drugs. Earlier this month, Chuikyo cut the price of cancer drug Opdivo nivolumab by 50%, effective February 2017. This past March, the authorities finalized price cuts for high-revenue products, including Harvoni ledipasvir/sofosbuvir and Sovaldi sofosbuvir. The HCV therapies were each discounted 31.7%.

The Japanese authorities are not expected to deny good prices for innovative drugs at launch but they will be subject to pricing cuts subsequently.

Highlights of Bay Area Bioscience Events from Week of Dec. 4, 2016

  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, Dec. 6, 2016; Speaker: Thor Rollins, Senior Scientist- Certified Microbiologist, Nelson Laboratories; Topic: “Have you done enough to meet new FDA Regulations for Biocompatibility Risk Assessment? “
  • WIB- San Francisco, Tuesday Evening, Dec. 6, 2016;Event: “Holiday Party at Devil’s Canyon;” Date and Time: Tuesday December 6, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. PST
  • ASQ Biomedical NCDG Group Wednesday Evening, Dec. 7, 2016; Event: 2016 Northern California / Bay Area Medical Device Industry Review & Hot Topics Open Forum Discussion
  • BIOMEDevice MD&M, Dec. 7-8, 2016, Topic: “Setting the Beat in Medical Technology, Education and Innovation” 
  • ASQ, Thursday Evening, Dec. 8, 2016, Event: “Mini-Quality Conference at ITU: An Evening with Quality -Opportunities & Learning”
  • Stanford Bio-X Frontiers in Interdisciplinary Biosciences Seminar, Thursday Mid-day, Dec. 8, 2016, Topic: “The development of optical coherence tomography as a medical device”

You can download the details for the upcoming events this week and those through March 2017 with audreys-picks-dec-4-2016.


Posted by: Audrey Erbes | November 20, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

If you have post-election anxiety, you may find the following advice which originated from a Santa Barbara Family Services Agency helpful. Some friends from the central coast passed on this information which I have found very helpful. I hope it might be of help to you and your family as you prepare for the normal stress of the upcoming holidays. I regret not being able to credit the original source.

“Post-Election Stress Disorder” (PESD) is NOT a diagnosis, but it is a phenomenon that feels real nonetheless. Countless Americans are reporting feeling triggered, traumatized, on edge, anxious, sleepless, angry, hopeless, avoidant and alone.  There is not just one type of American who has been experiencing these types of symptoms, and there is not just one reason for it.  The recent election has highlighted our differences in values, our lifestyle, our early traumas, our relationships, and even our reality.  Fear and anxiety are normal feelings after such an unsettling campaign season!

The following stress reduction tips might help!

  1. Take care of yourself.  Get enough sleep, eat properly, get regular exercise, limit substance use.
    2. Grieve.  Acknowledge feelings of pain and anger for the purposes of understanding and maturing with it. The deeper our attachment to a desire (or person), the stronger our reaction to the loss. So remind yourself your strong reaction is a reflection of your caring, your connection and your passion. And, give yourself time to grieve; there are no “timelines” to healing, and moving on is not a linear process.
    3. Gather with like-minded persons to talk through your thoughts and emotions.
    4. Connect with persons in your community with whom you share similar values (e.g., your place of worship, yoga studio, club, team, etc.)
    5. Stick to your routine.  Maintaining your regular schedule of activities and taking care of your usual responsibilities can help engage you and reestablish a sense of normalcy and regularity.
    6. Limit media. Read/watch just enough to stay informed, then turn to something more satisfying.
    7. Set aside time to worry, a behavioral technique called “thought-stopping.”    Too much worry can be a prison. It hijacks the mind and limits its bandwidth.
    8. Take the opportunity to model resilience for those who look up to you –your children, your extended family members, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc.
    9. Apologize to anyone you’ve hurt.  The process of apologizing is very freeing.  Even if the other person doesn’t receive it well, your good intentions will help ease your stress.
    10. Implement/maintain healthy boundaries with others.
    . Commit to talk with others respectfully, or not at all.
    . Respectfully confront those who disrespect your
    . Listen.  Bear witness to what is happening in our country;
    seek to understand, empathize.
    . When tensions are particularly high, limit political debate
    and argument.  When people feel anxious they move
    into a reactive mode. Anxious people tend to be less
    flexible and less open to new experiences and points
    of view. They’re more likely to oversimplify what’s
    upsetting them and have a binary (Right/Wrong) view.
    11. Manifest the values of love, acceptance, unity, inclusion, respect for diversity, and benevolence.
  2. 12. De-catastrophize, maintain a balanced perspective.Remember that more than 50 million Americans embraced the message of moving forward together, seeing the importance of equality and fairness.13. Impermanence is built into our system of government.  Our political system and the three branches of government mean that we can expect a significant degree of stability immediately after a major transition of government.
    Hard times pass.
    14. Focus on that which you share in common with others.
    15. Express yourself through writing– in a diary, a blog, or wherever it feels safe to do so.
    16. Connect with people who inspire you (e.g., by reading books about inspirational persons, thanking helpful persons through letters, asking someone to mentor you, etc.).
    17. Engage in “mindfulness,” the practice of noticing your present internal and external experiences without judgment.  Mindfulness techniques can help quiet our fear and anxiety, which allows the nervous system to settle down. Then our perspectives can broaden and we are more likely to cope.
    18. Become aware of the emotional pain that might express itself non-verbally/physically (e.g., tightness around the eyes, a tense jaw, contracted shoulders and throat, clenched abdominal muscles); then, engage in self-calming techniques.
    19. Reframe, responsibly.  There is a lesson in every painful experience and something to still be grateful for in every failure.
    20. Take Action.  Move with determination to organize, mobilize, and find new ways to create change.  Channel your concerns to make a positive difference on issues you care about.  Consider volunteering in your community, advocating for an issue you support or joining a local group, pursuing civic involvement.Highlights of Upcoming Bay Area Meetings Starting  Week of November 27th
  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, Nov. 29, 2016, Topic: BioMedical Devices: How wide?  How Narrow? Speaker: Guna Selvaduray, Professor, Materials Engineering; Director: Biomedical Engineering, San Jose State Uninversity
  • Biopharma Consortium With Dla Piper, Wednesday Afternoon, Nov. 30, 2016, Topic: “Drug Pricing in 2016: Implications for Biotech, Pharma, and the Future of Healthcare”
  • Palo Alto AWIS, Wednesday Evening, Nov. 30, 2016, Topic: Are you looking for a career transition to the Biotech Industry?

You can download the details for the above mentioned events as well as those listed for balance of year in audreys-picks-nov-20-2016 


Posted by: Audrey Erbes | November 13, 2016

The Election if Over, Now What Happens?

The election results have left the majority of Americans in some form of shock and most haven’t been able to start working through stages of grief as yet. We fortunately have two months of transition to get organized. Some would say it is greed and international corporate values that have produced the state of depression that led the nonracist working class members of Trump voters to support him. They were looking for quick fix financial inequality from which they suffer and see him as potentially using nontraditional methods to achieve it.  What they don’t recognize with their information sourcing that he is not as successful a businessman as he claims and that his associates share his misogynic, racist, sexist, dishonest and fascist values.

But among.his voters are also upper middle class folks who see his election as making it okay to want more money despite its impact on the rest of the citizenry. He seemed to be able to get away with achieving wealth without suffering any empathy for those less off or showing any civic mindedness.  I’d seen this among the neauveau riche in our industry. I see a lot of folks who never learned to share their toys and have grandiose sense of entitlement.

We recognize It is time to reflect and plan hoe to overcome the potential rapid infusion of Trump ways and values into our industry and the larger culture. Although we may still be reeling, we need to channel our feelings and energy in a positive way. The more authoritarian among us already are reprimanding us to get other it but I suggest joining a nonprofit to help fight Trump values taking over, reconsider what are best ways to achieve improvements in our economy and protect our brothers and sisters who have brought such dynamism and innovation to us in California. This is not the time for blame but rather getting in gear together for movement forward.

Highlights of Upcoming Life Science Events from November. 13, 2016

  • JLABS, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016;Topic:” Making the Connections: A Roadmap for Success at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference;”Speakers:Shelley Chu | Partner, Abingworth; William J. Newell | CEO, Sutro Biopharma;  Lesley Stolz, Ph.D. | Head, JLABS, CA
  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, Nov. 15, 2016, Topic: “Human Factors – What does this really mean for medical devices?” Speaker: Shannon Clark, Founder and CEO, UserWise
  • JLABS, Tuesday Mid Day, Nov. 15, 2016,Topic: “Out of the Lab and into the Newsroom;” Speakers: Carin Canale-Theakston | President and Founder, Canale Communications; Victoria Colliver | Health Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle; Michael Fitzhugh | Staff Writer, BioWorld Today; Ron Leuty | Biotech Reporter, San Francisco Business Times; Susan Schaeffer | Editor, BioCentury
  • Golden Gate Polymer Forum, Wednesday Evening, Nov. 16, 2016; Event: GGPF Dinner Lecture “A Framework for Integrated Product Design and Control in 21st Century Manufacturing Processes: Application to Polymer Nanocomposites;” Speaker: Prof. Babatunde Ogunnaike, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Dean of the College of Engineering University of Delaware
  • BioScience Forum, Wednesday Evening, Nov. 16, 2016; Topic: “From Cholera to Zika: Development Pathways for Prophylactic Vaccines,” Speaker: Nima Farzan, Chief Executive Officer & President, PaxVax


You can download the details for the upcoming events this week and those through December 2016 with audreys-picks-nov-13-2016.


Posted by: Audrey Erbes | November 7, 2016

Election Has Citizenry Nervous on All Sides

Election Has Folks Extremely Nervous on All Sides

The closing days of the presidential election have left citizens extremely anxious on both sides. With lots of negative, angry campaigning and unprecedented actions by FBI in the closing days of election, the campaign has rightly raised fear levels. Just yesterday FBI Director Comey announced there are no charges warranted by new Clinton emails found in another unrelated investigation by the FBI. In July Comey criticized Hillary Clinton with carelessness in handling classified information but determined that there was no basis for criminal charges.

Clinton’s opponents cried for her persecution, jailing and worse as Donald Trump’s rallies and social media has taken on a negative role in trivializing the value of facts and a rush to punishment and imprisonment before reaching criminal charges. The association of Trump’s campaign with the alt right, authoritarianist Russia and potential fascism has raised grave concern on large numbers of people in both parties. Clearly, no matter what the outcome tomorrow there will be a period of healing of the country required before the polity can function effectively. The challenge will be whether or not the citizenry can accept the voters’ choice peacefully and the Congress can return to ending the gridlock driven by Republicans who couldn’t accept the Presidency of Barack Obama. Trump has cried election is rigged along with lots of conspiracy theories that have made me nervous that he has unearthed potential violent behavior of segments of the populace.

“Comey Now Says No Charges Warranted by New Clinton Emails” by Tom Hamburger and Rosalind S. Helderman, The Washington Post

November 6, 16.

Highlights of Bay Area Bioscience Events the Week of November 7, 2016

  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Evening, Nov. 8, 2016, Topic: “SF Bay Area Biomedical Industry Emergence: Sectors, Talent, and Resources,” Speaker: Gregory Theyel, Director, Biomedical Manufacturing Network
  • San Francisco WIB, Wednesday Evening, Nov. 9, 2016, Topic: Intellectual Property (IP) Basics
    for Future Entrepreneurs;” Janet Xiao, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP, our panel includes the following industry, academia, and legal experts: Mei Hong, IP Manager, Eureka Therapeutics; Shannon Reaney, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP; Sunita Rajdev, Associate Director, Technology Licensing at UCSF;Mona Wan, Associate Director, Technology Licensing at Stanford University
  • San Francisco AWIS, Wednesday Evening, Nov. 9, 2016; Topic: “Thriving in a Disruptive World: Leveraging Diversity to Drive Innovation;” Speaker: Julius Pryor III, Author and Expert in Innovation, Diversity & Inclusion
  • PBSS Workshop, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016; Topic: “Statistics and Biostatistics for Non-Statisticians: Fundamentals and Applications in Research and Drug Development;” Speakers: Saling Huang and Zhen Zhang (Abbott Vascular) and Snow Ge (Nektar Therapeutics)


Details for the above events and those through December are found in audreys-picks-nov-7-2016.


Drug Industry Will Come Under Severe Pricing Scrutiny under Clinton Presidency

Under a Clinton presidency, a reduction in pharmaceutical pricing will be a priority. Clinton has had a person working on this back as far as her 2008 presidential run. Neera Tanden, president and CEO of progressive think tank the Center for American Progress (CAP) and Ezekiel Emanuel Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. recently argued against PhRMA’s Lori Reilly and the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research’s Paul Howard the motion that drug prices are fueling runaway. Health care costs.

(Debating Drug Prices, By Steve Usdin, Washington Editor, BioCentury, week of Oct. 31, 2016, pp. 14-15}.

 Highlights for Bay Area Bioscience Meetings Week of Oct. 30, 2016

  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, Nov. 1, 2016, Topic: “Artificial Intelligence and Robotics for Chronic Disease Management,” Speaker: Cory Kidd, Founder and CEO, Catalia Health
  • JLABS, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, Topic: “Why Ya Buggin’ Out? Regulatory Hurdles and Other Obstacles on the Path to Microbiome Market?” Speakers:
    Vern Norviel | Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati;  KT Moortgat |CEO, Osel,  Emma Taylor | Co-Founder & CEO, Naked Biome,
    [Moderator] Stephanie Robertson, | New Ventures, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Innovation, California
  • ACRP, Tuesday MidDay, Nov. 1, 2016, Topic: “Webinar: Diverse Women in Clinical Trials Webinar Series – Part I: Planning for Diversity”
  • ASQ Course, Friday Morning, Nov. 4, 2016, Event: “B113 – Preparing & Submitting 510K’s & PMA’s”

You can download details for the above events in a complete PDF list of upcoming events through Dec.  2016 by right clicking on audreys-picks-oct-30-2016.  A new list of jobsthatcrossedmydeskthrough-oct-30-2016 can also be downloaded.


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