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September 23, 2011 08:01 ET

First Anniversary of "BioCentury This Week"

September 25 Television Debate Features FDA's Janet Woodcock and Wall Street's Jonathan Leff

REDWOOD CITY, CA and WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Sep 23, 2011) - The first anniversary of BioCentury This Week TV, a partnership between BioCentury Publications and the Gannett-owned CBS affiliate W*USA9 in Washington, D.C., will be marked with a special broadcast, "Scientific Risk vs. Regulatory Risk," a debate on what's causing the slow pace of new drug approvals in the U.S.

On Sept. 25, Dr. Janet Woodcock, Director of FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), and Wall Street's Jonathan Leff, Managing Director for Healthcare at Warburg Pincus, debate whether FDA is holding up new therapies or if scientific uncertainty is delaying the flow of important new medicines to patients.

Part 2 of the discussion will air on October 2, when the Washington regulator and the Wall Street investor explore solutions to the problem.

In both programs, Dr. Woodcock and Mr. Leff respond to questions submitted by viewers ahead of the show.

"This show marks an important inflection point in the debate about regulation in Washington. Dr. Woodcock and Jonathan Leff agree the environment for medical innovation needs to be fixed -- the question is how," said BioCentury President & CEO David Flores. "We're pleased that BioCentury This Week has become a platform for this kind of discussion."

"W*USA has been delighted to partner with BioCentury, the best-of-breed creator of content in the dynamic area of biotechnology," said Allan Horlick, President and General Manager of W*USA-TV. "This past year has been tremendously fulfilling as we worked to take their world-class content and combine it with the power of broadcast and online to create compelling and relevant information for the biotech industry 52 weeks a year."

BioCentury This Week is broadcast on WUSA Channel 9 in Washington on Sundays at 8:30 a.m., EDT, and is continuously available online starting at 9:00 a.m. at

The complete archive of BioCentury This Week programs also is available for viewing at

About "BioCentury This Week" TV
BioCentury This Week
, the first public affairs program of its kind to be broadcast on a major U.S. television station is a partnership of BioCentury Publications, Inc. and W*USA, the Gannett Broadcasting flagship station in Washington, D.C. The program is part of the W*USA "Sunday Power Block" lineup, which includes CBS Sunday Morning; Face the Nation; This Week in Defense News; Platt's Energy Week and The McLaughlin Group.

Charter Sponsors of "BioCentury This Week" include Biogen Idec Inc., a global leader in the discovery, development, manufacturing and marketing of innovative therapies; the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), representing more than 1,200 biotechnology companies, academic institutions and related organizations in the U.S. and 30 countries; and Rodman & Renshaw, a full-service investment bank.

About BioCentury
Now in its 19th year, BioCentury® is internationally recognized as the leading provider of news, analysis and opinion about biotechnology, including emerging technology, product development, industry strategy and finance, regulation and public policy. The company publishes the weekly journal BioCentury, the Bernstein Report on BioBusiness and BioCentury Extra, a daily online newspaper. BioCentury also publishes SciBX: Science-Business eXchange™, a translational science journal in partnership with Nature Publishing Group, and markets BCIQ: BioCentury Online Intelligence™, a data solutions product for biopharma industry and investment professionals. The company is widely acknowledged in the life science corporate and investment communities for pioneering the creation of three annual conferences in the U.S. and Europe that provide turf-neutral venues for biotech investors, pharmaceutical licensing professionals and corporate executives to conduct business. BioCentury Publications, Inc. is headquartered in Redwood City, California, with offices in Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Chadds Ford, Penn.; and the U.K.

About W*USA
W*USA is owned by the Gannett Company Inc. (NYSE: GCI). Gannett is an international news and information company operating on multiple platforms including the Internet, mobile, newspapers, magazines and TV stations. Gannett is an Internet leader with hundreds of newspaper and TV Web sites;, the nation's top employment site;; and more than 80 local sites. Gannett publishes 84 daily U.S. newspapers, including USA TODAY, the nation's largest-selling daily newspaper, and more than 700 magazines and other non-dailies including USA WEEKEND. Gannett also operates 23 television stations in 19 U.S. markets. Gannett subsidiary Newsquest is the United Kingdom's second largest regional newspaper company with 17 daily paid-for titles, more than 200 weekly newspapers, magazines and trade publications, and a network of Web sites. Gannett TV stations are: WATL-TV, Atlanta, WXIA-TV, Atlanta, WLBZ-TV, Bangor, Maine, WGRZ-TV, Buffalo, N.Y.WKYC-TV, Cleveland, Ohio, WLTX-TV, Columbia, S.C., KTVD-TV, Denver, Colo. KUSA-TV, Denver, Colo. KNAZ-TV, Flagstaff, Ariz. WZZM-TV, Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Mich., WFMY-TV, Greensboro, N.C., WTLV-TV, Jacksonville, Fla., WJXX-TV, Jacksonville, Fla., WBIR-TV, Knoxville, Tenn., KTHV-TV, Little Rock, Ark., WMAZ-TV, Macon, Ga., KARE-TV, Minneapolis-St. Paul, KPNX-TV, Phoenix, Ariz., WCSH-TV, Portland, Maine, KXTV-TV, Sacramento, Calif., KSDK-TV, St. Louis, Mo., WTSP-TV, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla. WUSA-TV, Washington, D.C.

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