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Dayton, OH (PRWEB) April 30, 2015

In an April report from the Association of Theological Schools, United Theological Seminary of Dayton, Ohio, was named one of only 12 schools to have grown by at least 50 percent over the past five years. With an enrollment of 538 in the fall of 2014, United Theological Seminary is the second largest on the association’s list of fastest-growing schools.

Seminary president Wendy Deichmann attributes much of the school’s recent success to its online education programs.

“We have a really compelling, relevant program, and because of that we’ve been able to connect with a whole new population of students,” she said.

United is among 46 percent of ATS member schools approved to offer comprehensive online education (i.e., six or more courses). In fact, the number of online students at ATS schools has increased so significantly over the past five years that the association granted exceptions to some of its member schools, allowing them to forgo the one-year residency requirement for Master of Divinity programs.

With this freedom, United has become one of 12 schools approved to offer a fully online M.Div. degree and one of only 10 schools to offer a fully online Master of Arts degree, the most popular new degree program among ATS member schools.

Although the ATS report highlights certain factors of sustained growth, it also recognizes that enrollment figures don’t tell the whole story.

“The reasons that some schools have enjoyed extraordinary enrollment growth during the past five years are idiosyncratic,” said Daniel Aleshire, executive director of ATS. “Each growing school has its own success story to tell.”

President Deichmann says that United’s story is one of renewal. Just 10 years ago, United was struggling, enrolling fewer than 200 students at its lowest point. But once the Seminary adopted a curriculum focused on church renewal, things began to change.

President Deichmann credits that focus on renewal with the school’s turnaround and its continued growth over the last five years. The school’s primary goal continues to be to prepare church leaders who will renew and lead vibrant, faithful churches.

“With mainline Protestant denominations experiencing decreased membership, we realized that we couldn’t be just one more seminary contributing to that trajectory of decline,” she said. “We believe God is always working to bring hope, new life and renewal to the church, so if it’s struggling, then something is wrong and we have to address it.”

United Theological Seminary is a graduate professional school of The United Methodist Church offering masters and doctoral theological degrees and continuing education with programs offered on campus and online. United’s goal is to educate dynamic, Spirit-led leaders who will renew the church for the mission of Jesus Christ in the world.







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Follow us on LinkedIn – The global market for orphan drugs is driven by the ever-increasing discovery of orphan or rare diseases, predominantly rare cancers, such as renal cell carcinoma, non-small cell lung cancer, acute myeloid leukemia, and thyroid cancer, among others. The lack of appropriate therapies for orphan diseases and the legislative benefits offered by the government for orphan drug development (tax credits, research assistance, partial funding of clinical trials, fast-track drug review and expedited approval, and extended market exclusivity period) are attracting major pharmaceutical companies to venture into this arena. Orphan drug development, previously the realm of smaller biotechnology enterprises, has now become one of the main focus areas of big players in the industry, a fact validated by the blockbuster sales of premium orphan drugs.

Despite high market potential, orphan drug development is challenged by factors such as, reimbursement uncertainties, and high cost of drug development. The move to reduce healthcare costs and the trend towards value based reimbursement will bring under scrutiny orphan drugs which command high prices and full reimbursement. Payers may limit reimbursements for drugs approved for newer indications, or those without much difference in treatment efficiency from existing drugs. Despite their longer market exclusivity period than conventional drugs, the orphan drug market will continue to feel the competitive heat posed by the development of lower priced biosimilars and generics. In addition, clinical trials for investigational orphan drugs are challenged by the absence of adequate number of patients for enrollment. Orphan drug development also suffers from lack of validated endpoints for a study and the unavailability of considerable clinical data for designing a study.

Biotechnological and medical breakthroughs are expected to improve understanding of rare diseases and enable the development of novel biologic therapies. Further, numerous collaborative research programs across the United States and Europe, provide manufacturers, healthcare experts, and patients with epidemiological research data on the disease; and also enable early patient access to appropriate and timely medical care. Patient advocacy groups also result in greater awareness among patients about the efficacy of orphan drugs over available treatment options. Improved awareness of rare diseases and available therapies is expected to revolutionize the market for orphan drugs.

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Key players in the market include AbbVie Inc., Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Amgen Inc., AstraZeneca Plc., Bayer HealthCare AG, Biogen Idec Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH, Celgene Corporation, CEL-SCI Corporation, Concordia Healthcare Corporation, Eli Lilly and Company, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., GlaxoSmithKline Plc, Johnson & Johnson, Merck & Co. Inc., Merck Serono International S.A., Novartis AG, Pfizer Inc., Recordati S.p.A., and Sanofi SA (Genzyme), among others.

The research report titled “Orphan Drugs: A Global Strategic Business Report” announced by Global Industry Analysts Inc., provides a comprehensive review of market trends, growth drivers, product segments, company profiles, orphan drug designations and approvals, mergers and acquisitions and other strategic industry activity. The report provides market estimates and projections for major geographic markets, including the United States, Japan, Europe, and Rest of World.

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TU Automotive Webinar- An Evolution in UBI Data Collection

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Adoption has been on a steady course following a single device & single stream approach however, 2015 is looking invariably different. With new automaker/insurer partnerships and tech giants entering the ecosystem, insurers will have a new range of data sources to calculate risk, leading to a tipping point of adoption that few are ready for.

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