Acquisitions, not Congress, will chart biotech’s course in 2020, experts predict

first_img Washington has never before been so focused on lowering prescription drug prices. But these biotech investors aren’t worried.“Politics is politics,” Affinity Asset Advisors senior research analyst Patrick Nosker said of drug pricing legislation at a STAT event Tuesday in New York. “The whole political overhang is definitely going to be noise throughout the next year.” GET STARTED [email protected] Log In | Learn More About the Author Reprints What is it? Acquisitions, not Congress, will chart biotech’s course in 2020, experts predict  Affinity Asset Advisors senior analyst Patrick Nosker (left), Perceptive Advisors managing director Ellen Hukkelhoven and Palkon Capital partner Nathan Sadeghi-Nejad discuss what will and won’t affect the biotech industry in 2020. Michelle Claire Gevint for STAT Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the biotech sector — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Biotech center_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Tags biotechnologydrug pricingfinanceSTAT+ What’s included? By Kate Sheridan Dec. 6, 2019 Reprints General Assignment Reporter Kate covers biotech startups and the venture capital firms that back them. @sheridan_kate STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Kate Sheridanlast_img read more

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Bigger, Better Fish Cleaning Tables For Warrnambool

first_imgBigger, Better Fish Cleaning Tables For Warrnambool Fishers launching their boat or casting a line at Warrnambool’s historic port will be able to clean their catch undercover and at any time using a new fish cleaning table facility.The new tables are big enough to handle anything from pinky snapper caught around Lady Bay to calamari off the breakwater and monster southern bluefin tuna caught offshore.Victorian Fisheries Authority CEO Travis Dowling said the $180,000 project had been funded in part by the State Government’s $35 million Target One Million plan, to provide better facilities for recreational fishers in the state’s south-west.“We are committed to installing new fish cleaning tables because we know great facilities are important to an enjoyable day with family in the great outdoors,” Mr Dowling said.“Arriving home after a day on the water with fresh, clean fillets ready for the pan is easier for everyone and a sure-fire way to bond around the dinner table with the people you care about most.”Four new tables and a shelter have been built near the breakwater at the port, easing congestion at the often-busy spot by replacing existing tables at the boat ramp.The set of four new tables are under cover and have lighting and running water to make it easier than ever to prepare your catch without having to use the kitchen bench at home.They are also located alongside car and trailer parking so fishers can stay conveniently close to their rigs and depart easily once fillets are bagged and on ice.Each table is 240x75cm in size and the concrete foundation includes space for two more tables to be added in the future. They’re connected to mains water and sewerage to take wastewater and fish scraps away from the bay to ensure birds, seals and other animals don’t become reliant on the leftovers.Target One Million contributed to the construction of the awesome-foursome fish cleaning facility to the tune of $80,000, while the Warrnambool City Council and Department of Transport each contributed a further $50,000.Mr Dowling said the new fish cleaning tables at Warrnambool complemented several similar upgrades in the works across Victoria. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:boat, council, Family, fish:, Fisheries, fishing, future, Government, project, running, space, trailer, Transport, Victoria, Warrnambool, Warrnambool City Council, Waterlast_img read more

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Homeward Bound takes gold at awards night

first_imgWimborne minicoach operator takes plaudits for being best of its kind at industry’s leading ceremonyHomeward Bound Travel won the Excellence in Minibus Operation awardHomeward Bound Travel triumphed in the category for Excellence in Minibus Operation at the prestigious routeone Awards, held by the sister title to miniplus on the first evening of Coach & Bus UK.In a very strong field, Homeward Bound just pipped Chester-based BusyBus, Passenger Plus of Kent and White’s St Albans to the coveted award.The judging panel – which is made up of highly-respected road passenger transport professionals – noted: “Our winner has maintained a steady path over several years without wavering from its aim of guaranteeing satisfied customers.”The award was presented to Homeward Bound by miniplus Editor Tim Deakin, and Director Louisa Morgan reports that while winning was a delight, the rest of the show was no disappointment.“There was a good representation on the mini and midicoach front. Seating suppliers are always top of my list of exhibitors to visit as the show is a great opportunity to compare comfort and quality side-by-side.“We also researched cameras (both inward- and outward-facing) on various stands so seeing the software and the quality of the playback was a bonus. Chatting and catching up with like-minded operators and friends is what a show visit is all about, so CBUK served its purpose perfectly.”last_img read more

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Doctors Orders: Kids Should Play More

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA new study by doctors is calling for changes in kids’ over-scheduled lifestyles with more time in the school day for recess. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says free and unstructured play is healthy and — in fact — essential for helping children develop into resilient young adults… The report, “The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds,” is written in defense of play and in response to forces threatening free play and unscheduled time. These forces include changes in family structure, the increasingly competitive college admissions process, and federal education policies that have led to reduced recess and physical education in many schools. ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________ Whereas play protects children’s emotional development, a loss of free time in combination with a hurried lifestyle can be a source of stress, anxiety and may even contribute to depression for many children, the AAP report states. The report reaffirms that the most valuable and useful character traits that will prepare children for success come not from extracurricular or academic commitments, but from a firm grounding in parental love, role modeling and guidance. Still, many parents are afraid to slow their pace for fear their children will fall behind. They feel like they are running on a treadmill, but worry they will not be acting as proper parents if they do not participate in a hurried lifestyle. The report suggests that reduced time for physical activity may be contributing to the academic differences between boys and girls, as schools with sedentary learning styles become more difficult settings for some boys to navigate successfully. American Pediatricians Suggest: Emphasizing the benefits of “true toys,” such as blocks and dolls, in which children use their imagination fully over passive toys that require limited imagination.Supporting an appropriately challenging academic schedule for each child with a balance of extracurricular activities. This should be based on each child’s unique needs and not on competitive community standards or need to gain college admissions.Helping parents evaluate claims by marketers and advertisers about products or interventions designed to produce “super-children.”Encouraging parents to understand that each young person does not need to excel in multiple areas to be considered successful or prepared to compete in the real world.Suggesting families choose childcare and early education programs that meet children’s social and emotional developmental needs as well as academic preparedness. The report recognizes that academic enrichment opportunities are vital for some children’s ability to succeed academically, and that participation in organized activities promotes healthy youth development. “The challenge for society, schools, and parents is to strike the balance that allows all children to reach their potential, without pushing them beyond their personal comfort limits, and while allowing them personal free time,” the report states. To help parents and teens develop resiliency and understand the role of stress in life, the AAP has created a Resiliency Web site. This site features additional information on stress reduction and coping skills, as well as a stress-management plan teens can personalize to fit their personalities and lifestyles.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Intel and Qualcomm Collaborate on 60 GHz 802.11ad WiGig Ecosystem

first_img802.11ad WiGig represents an important step in the evolution of Wi-Fi, enabling new user capabilities such as wire-equivalent docking and high-quality, low-latency video streaming, multimedia kiosks, while bringing a step increase in network capacity, and much more.Intel and Qualcomm Atheros have successfully demonstrated multi-gigabit interoperability between their respective 802.11ad WiGig solutions, paving the way for industry development of 802.11ad WiGig devices that communicate and connect seamlessly with each other. This milestone will help pave the way for industry development of 802.11ad WiGig devices that can communicate and connect seamlessly with each other at amazing speeds of up to 4.6 Gbps. Moreover, this milestone underscores both companies’ commitment to the strong evolution of Wi-Fi, both infrastructure and peer-to-peer communications, as well as the critical role 802.11ad WiGig plays in this evolutionary process.Laptops, tablets, smartphones, access points, storage devices, untethered VR glasses and other 802.11ad WiGig-capable devices offer multi-gigabit speeds, high density, low latency and very high network capacity, as well as empower a new class of applications and services. 802.11ad will transform the experience of Wi-Fi users, be it in their offices, homes or even in public places. Bringing the vast, new spectrum in 60 GHz band to Wi-Fi’s fold, 802.11ad will be one of the potent tools to address burgeoning data demand in homes, enterprises and carrier networks.Qualcomm Atheros and Intel engineers worked collaboratively for months in each other’s labs, running tests, culminating in this achievement. These tests spanned across many use cases and scenarios, including peer-to-peer connections between Intel- and Qualcomm Atheros 802.11ad WiGig – based clients and Qualcomm Atheros-802.11ad WiGig powered access points (wireless routers). Tests examined various cases and conditions – from device discovery and connection to full-blown data uploads and downloads, streaming and more. As part of the testing, we successfully achieved multi-gigabit real data throughput between our devices.Achieving full interoperability is not easy. This level of collaboration and focused effort is essential in creating new markets and building a robust ecosystem, and in ultimately providing seamless user experience across multi-vendor devices.While more work lies ahead, their collaboration lays the groundwork for a large ecosystem of interoperable commercial 802.11ad products across networking, mobile and computing segments. We are excited about the new capabilities 802.11ad enables – from 4K display connectivity to tri-band (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz and 60 GHz) Wi-Fi networking and high-speed cellular offload – and we think you should be excited at our progress in bringing these capabilities to your favorite devices.last_img read more

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Bill To Early Fund Public Education In Alaska Signed Into Law

first_imgThe signing ceremony for House Bill 287 was held at the Harborview Elementary School in Juneau. HB 287 authorizes the State of Alaska to spend $1.3 billion for K-12 education and student transportation. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Bill Walker was joined by members of the Alaska Legislature and dozens of elementary school students for the official signing ceremony for legislation to early fund Alaska’s K-12 public education system. The bill was introduced at the beginning of the Second Session of the 30th Alaska State Legislature by House Finance Committee Co-Chair Rep. Paul Seaton (R-Homer). HB 287 was co-sponsored by 22 State Representatives and 12 Senators.Representative Paul Seaton (R-Homer): “With the passage of House Bill 287, the Alaska House Majority Coalition has kept our promise to protect education from further funding cuts. For the first time in three years, pink slips won’t go out because of late funding of public education.” A provision to the bill inserted in the Alaska Senate provides an additional $30 million in education funding in Fiscal Year 2020 if some version of Senate Bill 26 passes this session. $30 million is equivalent to a $117 increase to the Base Student Allocation (BSA). House Bill 287 passed the Alaska House of Representatives on February 7th by a vote of 33-3. The bill passed the Alaska State Senate on April 14th by a vote of 15-4. HB 287 was officially signed into law earlier today by Alaska Governor Bill Walker.last_img read more

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SEC Media Days opens Monday;LSU takes stage Thursday

first_imgLSU coach Les Miles answers a reporter’s question during last year’s SEC Football Media Days at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala.LSU coach Les Miles answers a reporter’s question during last year’s SEC Football Media Days at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala.BATON ROUGE – Reporters covering the Southeastern Conference Media Days Monday through Thursday in Hoover, Alabama, may be a little less embarrassed this week.After all, they broke a five-year losing streak a year ago at the SEC Media Days by correctly picking the league champion. Five out of 23 isn’t bad, right? The media’s batting average since the league office began tabulating predictions at this summer tradition of propaganda press conferences in 1992 is a lowly .217. The next round of predictions will be released on Thursday not long before LSU coach Les Miles speaks.Alabama was voted champion last year, and the Crimson Tide responded by winning the SEC with a 12-1 overall mark and 7-1 in the SEC. One out of six isn’t bad, right (.166 picking average)? Most of the several hundred to 1,000 reporters who regularly cover this granddaddy of July football tend to cover the brand name 45 minutes south of this Birmingham suburb in Tuscaloosa, and Alabama was picked to win five previous times since 1992, but failed to do so.Do not be surprised if the Tide, which went on to lose in the first college football Final Four to eventual champion Ohio State last season, is picked again, and do not be surprised if that media streak ends at one. The only previous times the media correctly predicted the champions were in 2007 with LSU, 2008 with Florida and 1994 and ’95 with Florida. LSU has not been picked to win the SEC since, though it won the title in 2011. LSU was picked third last season.The Tigers, who are coming off a disappointing 8-5 season in which they finished fifth in the SEC West at 4-4, are not likely to be voted to win the league with continued issues at quarterback entering the season. Miles will likely be asked on Thursday about junior returning starting quarterback Anthony Jennings, whom he placed on indefinite suspension last month after Jennings was arrested on a felony charge of unauthorized entry of a residence. Miles has also indefinitely suspended defensive tackle Maquedius Bain and defensive back Dwayne Thomas after being arrested on similar charges.In addition to the off-field issue, Jennings is also coming off a season in which he finished 83rd in the nation and 13th in the SEC in passing efficiency at 118.3. So, another topic for Miles may be sophomore quarterback Brandon Harris and the fact that he may have even more of a chance for the starting job if Jennings’ suspension stretches into August practices and the season, which begins on Sept. 5 against McNeese State in Tiger Stadium.Miles may enjoy the questions about the three players who will accompany him to Hoover more, particularly those about sophomore tailback Leonard Fournette. He is among the SEC’s leading returning rushers from 2014 as he finished with 1,034 yards on 187 carries. Joining Fournette from LSU will be junior middle linebacker Kendell Beckwith, who, like Fournette, finished strong last season, and senior offensive tackle Vadal Alexander, who will lead perhaps the SEC’s best offensive line.Newly crowned SEC commissioner Greg Sankey will kick off the SEC Media Days at 11:30 a.m. Monday with an opening address to reporters as he replaces Mike Slive, who retired recently following 13 years on the job. Sankey, 50, has been with the SEC since Slive started in 2002. Previously, he was the commissioner of the Southland Conference from 1996-2002 and was the director of NCAA compliance and academic services at Northwestern State in 1990 and ’91 when he was also the golf coach for the Demons.Auburn’s Gus Malzahn will be the first coach to the podium in the main ballroom at the Wynfrey Hotel on Monday afternoon, followed by new Florida coach Jim McElwain and then Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason.On Tuesday, Mississippi State senior quarterback Dak Prescott of Haughton High School will be one of the featured players for the second straight year. The Bulldogs and coach Dan Mullen will follow South Carolina and Texas A&M before Tennessee.Alabama coach Nick Saban leads off Wednesday’s proceedings, followed by Kentucky, Missouri and Arkansas. Georgia and Ole Miss will appear before LSU on Thursday.last_img read more

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Dansby Swanson delivers biggest hit of his career, in biggest moment of his career

first_imgST. LOUIS — For a few stark moments in the ninth inning Sunday evening, the noise level at Busch Stadium mirrored noise levels from the past three Octobers: The stadium was almost completely silent. In 2016, 2017 and 2018, it was silent because the Cardinals missed the playoffs. In the ninth inning Sunday, it went silent because Atlanta shortstop Dansby Swanson came up with the biggest hit of his professional career, a smoked first-pitch double off Cardinals closer Carlos Martinez with two outs in the ninth inning that tied the game 1-1. DANSBY. SWANSON.Ice in his veins to tie it! 😳pic.twitter.com/6DK6dmsJRN— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) October 6, 2019MORE: Cards’ Carlos Martinez may have pitch way out of closer roleAdam Duvall followed with a single that drove home two more, putting the Braves ahead 3-1, and when Mark Melancon shut out the Cardinals in the ninth, the Braves suddenly had a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. If Swanson had failed, they would have been down 2-1 in the series and facing possible elimination in Game 4 on Monday afternoon. But Swanson — who missed the 2018 postseason with a wrist injury — didn’t fail, and his hit helped put the Braves in control of their NLDS against the Cardinals. “It’s awesome he did it. He works hard,” Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies said. “I’m happy it was him that did it.” In many ways, Swanson represents the hopes and frustrations of the Braves over the past couple of years. He’s immensely talented — his Vanderbilt team won the College World Series in 2014 and in 2015, then the Diamondbacks made him the No. 1 overall pick in the MLB Draft — but injuries and inconsistencies have kept him from reaching his potential as a professional. Swanson opened up about that journey this spring, in a long conversation with Sporting News, about the setbacks and how he works constantly on keeping a positive approach. “I journal every night, and usually when I journal every night it’s almost like positive affirmations,” he told SN this spring. “I write things like, ‘I’m confident, and I know my work today is putting me in a position to succeed tomorrow.’ That kind of thing.”The 2019 season has had ups and downs, too. He had 17 homers and an .822 OPS in the first half of the season — the home runs were already a full-season career high, and that OPS was the best of his career, too. But a heel injury in late July caused him to miss almost all of August, and when he returned from the IL he struggled at the plate. He batted just .141 in his first 23 games back, though he had eight hits in his final four games of the regular season. In Game 1 of the NLDS, Swanson came to bat in the eighth inning, with a runner on second and two outs in a game that was tied 3-3. He struck out. In Game 3, the Cardinals made the decision to face Swanson again in a big situation. With a runner on third and two outs, they intentionally walked Brian McCann so Martinez could face Swanson.“I love Dansby in those situations,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “I always have. That kid lives for that moment.” And you know what happened. “I was ready for that move,” Swanson said. “I would have been, I personally would have been surprised if they would have pitched to Mac just because of his postseason experience and everything. So I was ready from the moment I started putting my batting gloves on in the dugout.”He was ready because, as he told SN this spring, the work he did yesterday put him in position to succeed today. And the Braves have two more chances to close out the Cardinals and move on to their first NLCS since 2001.last_img read more

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