In this episode, Ayesha shed light on National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month by talking about a new colon cancer screening campaign from Exact Sciences that features a TV ad with Katie Couric. Couric, who is a long-time advocate of colon cancer screening after her husband passed away from colon cancer over 20 years ago, continues her mission to help raise awareness about the importance of early screening for the disease. Exact Sciences’ campaign is appropriately called “Mission to Screen” and includes a TV commercial featuring Couric and her daughter, along with other people that Couric is seen speaking to about their reasons for screening for colon cancer. The ad highlights Exact Sciences’ Cologuard, a DNA-based stool test for colon cancer detection.
The editorial team also learned about Alnylam Pharmaceuticals’ lawsuits against mRNA COVID-19 vaccine makers Pfizer and Moderna over patent infringements. Alnylam claims it invented the lipid nanoparticle delivery technology used in the vaccines and is seeking “fair compensation” for its use. Moderna hit back at Alnylam, accusing it of “blatant opportunism” and saying that it has worked for years on a different version of the RNA delivery technology. The editorial team said it was difficult to take sides in this case without all of the evidence/information, but it isn’t difficult to “believe” Moderna as it has been developing RNA vaccines for over a decade.
Read the full articles here:
Alnylam Files Lawsuits Against Pfizer and Moderna Over Patent Infringement of RNA Delivery Technology
Exact Sciences and Katie Couric Partner for Colon Cancer Awareness Month with Cologuard TV Ad
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