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When bringing a drug to market gets personal:Biotech trade group's head awaits new treatments for son with cystic fibrosis

Jan 02, 2019 - The Boston Globe

Bobby Coughlin, 16, who has cystic fibrosis, with his father, Robert, president of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council.

DEDHAM — For 11 years, Robert K. Coughlin has been the public face of the state's booming biotech industry, trumpeting its breakthrough drugs and defending their often-dizzying price tags.

As president of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council trade group, he lobbies for firms that have marketed life-saving medicines for devastating blood cancers, a rare inhe...