PRIME-ROSE: IHI’s DRUP Trial Champion
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1w ago
With a six million EUR funding grant from the European Commission’s Innovative Health Initiative, the PRIME-ROSE project will implement, across Europe, a series of prospective, non-randomized clinical trials known as DRUP trials. DRUP trials started in the Netherlands and have successfully increased inclusion rates to offer additional lines of treatment to patients. On this Vital Health Podcast, Duane Schulthess speaks to PRIME-ROSE’s Project Coordinator, Kjetil Tasken of the University of Oslo’s Institute for Cancer, and PRIME-ROSE’s Work Package Lead of Social Innovation, Bettina Ryll of the ..read more
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Peter Kolchinsky - "IRA's 9 Years Is Too Short"
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1M ago
In this Vital Health Podcast, Duane Schulthess speaks with Peter Kolchinsky, Managing Partner at RA Capital Management. Peter has authored several critically acclaimed books, including The Great American Drug Deal and The Entrepreneur’s Guide to a Biotech Startup. Peter also serves as the Director of No Patient Left Behind, a non-profit organization. Peter outlines that not only are IRA’s provisions negotiating small molecules after 9 years a huge challenge, but the continuation of ratcheting up of increasingly hostile regulatory proposals is having a demonstrably negative impac ..read more
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Bettina Ryll at the 2023 ESMO Conference
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2M ago
On this Vital Health Podcast, Duane Schulthess has a conversation with Bettina Ryll, the founder of the Melanoma Patient Network Europe. Bettina is regarded as one of the world’s leading Patient Advocates, who dedicated herself to advocacy after the death of her husband from cancer.   While most patient representatives don’t have a medical background, Bettina has a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from University College London. From 2015 – 2018, Bettina chaired the ESMO Patient Advocates Working Group, which was the first time that position was held by a non-oncologist. See omnystudio.com/li ..read more
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Dan Leonard, Executive Director, We Work For Health
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2M ago
Dan is the newly appointed Executive Director of We Work For Health, bringing more than two decades of experience in advocacy, policy, and public affairs to this role. He previously headed the Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM) and the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC).   In this podcast, we discuss the ten drugs selected for negotiation under the IRA and their unintended consequences on the availability and access of generic and biosimilar medicines. We also highlight the desire for many regulators to broaden government negotiations within Medicare under the Smart Pricing Act ..read more
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Cancer Drug Developer Dr. Steve Potts' Congressional Testimony on the IRA
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2M ago
In this Vital Health Podcast, we’re speaking with Steve Potts before his congressional testimony for the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Steve presented evidence regarding the negative impacts of the Inflation Reduction Act on U.S. venture capital investors, the development of small molecules, and the needed therapies that will most likely be lost to patients over the next ten years.  Steve is a hugely successful serial entrepreneur in the life sciences, leading several companies to develop new cancer treatments. He is a board member of AZBio and an expert on the development ..read more
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VT’s Grumpy Old Men on Price Controls and IP Attacks
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2M ago
The U.S. Congress and Biden Administration’s attacks on IP and Drug Pricing continue unabated as the 2024 election approaches. In this Vital Health Podcast, VT’s Grumpy Old Men (Duane Schulthess, Joe Hammang, and Harry P. Bowen) are particularly grumpy about the current state of affairs and dig into their research findings on the Inflation Reduction Act. They also ruminate on what the continued ratcheting-up of rhetoric and legislation against the industry means for tough-to-treat neurological disorders, late-stage cancers, and orphan diseases. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy informati ..read more
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Taking the Helm Mid Drug Pricing Maelstrom
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2M ago
In this Vital Health Podcast, Duane Schulthess speaks with Rachel King, the Interim CEO of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), who is steering the organization through the increasingly choppy waters of the DC drug pricing debate. With mounting regulatory pressure from all angles towards the global biopharma sector, Washington DC’s BIO sits at the center of the tempest. Rachel King comes to BIO with a wealth of experience as the former Chair of BIO’s Board of Directors. She has worked as a VC, and was both the co-founder and CEO of GlycoMimetics. She was also a senior VP at Novart ..read more
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Best-of Edition: Looking back on the COVID-19 outbreak part 2
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2M ago
In this Best-Of edition of the Vital Health Podcast, we’re looking back on the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and discussions we had with statistician Miriam Sturkenboom and Ivor Cummings, both of whom, in very different ways, were at the center of COVID-19 as to the appropriate response to the pandemic. Miriam Sturkenboom, who’s vaccine safety monitoring platform VAC4EU, found herself at the center of a tsunami of vaccine rollouts and safety studies in Europe, providing evidence to the European Medicines Agency and other public health bodies. This podcast was first broadcast in Octobe ..read more
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Best-of Edition: Looking back on the COVID-19 outbreak
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2M ago
In this Best-Of edition of the Vital Health Podcast, we're looking back on the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, and conversations with Epidemiologist Martin Kulldorff, and Political Scientist Wilfred Reilly.  By spring of 2020, there were already serious questions being asked about COVID-19 policies, and both men were expressing skepticism of the political approaches being advocated by governments. Martin Kulldorff is a world renown biostatistician at the Harvard Medical School and a co-author of the Great Barrington Declaration. Martin was one of the co-defendants in the recent Federal ..read more
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CMS' Restrictions on Alzheimer's Drugs
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2M ago
In this Vital Health Podcast, Duane Schulthess speaks with John Dwyer. John is a serial entrepreneur, having successfully built and sold two healthcare start-ups to 3M and Aetna. He’s now a key player in The Global CEO Initiative on Alzheimer’s Disease, and also serves an active role in the patient advocacy organization U.S. Against Alzheimer’s. John outlines the continued controversy surrounding the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services' intransigence regarding its coverage decision on the next generation treatments for Alzheimer's disease, despite the recent FDA approval for the drug Leq ..read more
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