Author Archives: Emily Burke, Ph.D., Director of Instruction, BiotechPrimer.com

Primary category: CAR-T Cell Therapy

Search & Destroy: Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-Cells (CAR-T)

Editor’s Note: The following article is reprinted, with permission from Biotech Primer. The original version appeared in the Biotech Primer WEEKLY. To subscribe to the Biotech Primer WEEKLY, click here. The first (and so far, only) chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapies—tisagenlecleucel and axicabtagene ciloleucel were approved in 2017, and … (read full article)

Primary category: Macular Degeneration

Spotlight on Macular Degeneration

Editor’s Note: The following article is reprinted with permission from the Biotech Primer WEEKLY newsletter. To subscribe to the WEEKLY, visit www.weekly.biotechprimer.com. Spotlight on Macular Degeneration Getting old is for the birds. Time has its way with nearly every part of us: skin, hair, muscles. Few changes are more alarming, … (read full article)

Primary category: Migraine

First in Class Migraine Approval

Editor’s Note: June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month. Medical experts don’t fully understand what causes migraines, making the condition difficult to diagnose and treat. This week, Real World Health Care delves into the science behind migraine and its treatment, with this article written by Emily Burke of Biotech … (read full article)

Primary category: Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis

NASH: Fighting a Silent Epidemic

Consider the liver. It’s just one of the jumble of stuff inside that makes us tick, right? What do you really know about it though—other than it’s “vital?” In fact, the liver is your largest internal organ, and plays vital roles in neutralizing toxins, fighting infections, manufacturing proteins and hormones, … (read full article)

Primary category: Multiple Myeloma

The Multiple Myeloma Landscape

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in Biotech Primer Weekly. For more of the science behind the headlines, please subscribe. Multiple myeloma is a cancer formed by a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell. These cells are the antibody-producing cells of our immune system and play a … (read full article)

Primary category: Melanoma

The Mechanics of Melanoma

May is Melanoma Awareness Month. This article originally appeared in the Biotech Primer WEEKLY. For more on the science behind the headlines, subscribe.  Melanoma 101  Melanoma accounts for less than one percent of skin cancer cases, yet accounts for the vast majority of skin cancer deaths (skincancer.org). If detected early … (read full article)

Categories: General, Melanoma
Primary category: Pain Management

A Big Pain

Editor’s Note: This article in our pain management series originally appeared in Biotech Primer Weekly. For more of the science behind the headlines, please subscribe. The Science Behind Opiods The opioid addiction epidemic gained attention at the highest levels of U.S. policy circles this past year, as presidential candidates that … (read full article)

Primary category: Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Breaking Down Lung Cancer

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in Biotech Primer Weekly. For more of the science behind the headlines, please subscribe. The hit TV series Breaking Bad featured anti-hero Walter White, who starts out as a sympathetic character: a mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher with a nagging cough that turns out … (read full article)

Primary category: Alzheimer's Disease

Attacking All Angles of Alzheimer’s

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in Biotech Primer Weekly. For more information on the science behind the headlines, please subscribe. Alzheimer’s disease ranks as one of the toughest nuts to crack within drug discovery and development. Current treatments merely manage symptoms, so finding a better solution becomes more and … (read full article)

Primary category: Alzheimer's Disease

The Central Nervous System: A Brief Primer

The central nervous system (CNS) consists of the brain and the spinal cord. It sends and receives information from the peripheral nervous system—the vast network of nerves that feed into every tissue of the body. These signals enable voluntary and involuntary movement, and allow the brain to process and interpret … (read full article)