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May 13, 2013 Issue

Volume 91, Issue 19
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May 13, 2013 Issue, Vol. 91 | Iss. 19
After years of neglect by pharma companies, rare disease treatment is coming into the limelight
By Lisa M. Jarvis
(pp. 10-12)
Features
Business
Chemists meet demand for novel ingredients that repair, add shine, and protect color (pp. 29-32)
Science & Technology
Unique properties could improve catalysis, batteries (pp. 42-43)
Back Issues
 

Cover Story: Orphans Find A Home

Orphans Find A Home
After years of neglect by pharma companies, rare disease treatment is coming into the limelight
(pp. 10-12)
Small Audience, Large Payoff
The current groundswell of interest in rare diseases can be traced to Genzyme, the first firm to show that drugs for small patient populations could be profitable
(pp. 12-15)
Patients Advocate For Change
Although companies ultimately bring treatments to market, it’s patient groups that are creating the awareness needed to start the drug discovery process
(pp. 15-20)
Regulations Are Cause For Concern
Patient advocates and companies are encouraged by the recent introduction of new regulatory tools to speed the development of drugs for rare diseases but worry they may not go far enough for the smallest patient groups
(pp. 20-23)
 

News of the Week

Hear, Hear For The Bionic Ear

Tissue Engineering: 3-D-printed devices detect frequencies beyond human perception
(p.5)

‘Breakthrough’ Drugs Rising

Pharmaceuticals: New FDA program could cut time for approvals in half, but details are vague
(p.6)

Global Ban For Flame Retardant

United Nations: Countries agree to stop use of hexabromocyclododecane under Stockholm Convention
(p.6)

Accounting For Pollution

Activists in Houston are suing EPA over claims that the agency undercounts toxic air emissions
(p.7)

Drug Delivery With A Bang

Nanoscience: Chain-shattering polymeric therapeutics could release medicines on demand
(p.7)

A Major Award For Mass Spec

Honors: Dreyfus Prize given to R. Graham Cooks, who shrank MS devices and expanded the technique
(p.8)

Robert S. Langer Receives Wolf Prize

Honors: MIT chemical engineer recognized for work in drug delivery and tissue engineering
(p.8)

AstraZeneca Research Campus To Become Multicompany Bioscience Center

Bioscience: BioHub campus will host multiple drug discovery firms
(p.9)

European Vinyls Giant Emerges

Plastics: Solvay, Ineos say joining together will help them tough out a rough marketplace
(p.9)
 

Departments

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Business

Financial results reflect the economic challenges of 2012, but stock values point to optimism
(pp. 26-28)
Chemists meet demand for novel ingredients that repair, add shine, and protect color
(pp. 29-32)
Patient advocates and companies are encouraged by the recent introduction of new regulatory tools to speed the development of drugs for rare diseases but worry they may not go far enough for the smallest patient groups
(pp. 20-23)
Although companies ultimately bring treatments to market, it’s patient groups that are creating the awareness needed to start the drug discovery process
(pp. 15-20)
The current groundswell of interest in rare diseases can be traced to Genzyme, the first firm to show that drugs for small patient populations could be profitable
(pp. 12-15)
After years of neglect by pharma companies, rare disease treatment is coming into the limelight
(pp. 10-12)
After years of neglect by pharma companies, rare disease treatment is coming into the limelight
(pp. 10-12)

ACS News

(pp. 48-49)
(pp. 48-49)
(pp. 48-49)
Program set for ACS gathering in La Crosse, Wis.
(pp. 50-51)
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Government & Policy

State Department program brings ACS career development training to Malaysia and Indonesia
(pp. 38-39)
Science is becoming increasingly important in diplomatic efforts at the State Department
(pp. 34-37)

Education

ACS Meeting News: Courses aim to engage students who don’t know the difference between a beaker and a Bunsen burner
(pp. 46-47)