Monthly Archives: June 2009

BIO IP News Weekly for June 26, 2009

This week’s BIO IP News Weekly includes an analysis of Professor John Duffy in Business Week, an essay on technology transfer and university-industry collaboration in the Scientist Magazine, updates on USPTO funding and follow-on biologics, a blogger’s look at a U.S. Senator’s struggles to defend intellectual property rights, as well as a link to the recently published 2009 OECD Biotechnology Statistics report summary.

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The Washington Post: Special section on biotechnology

As part of our public education/industry branding campaign, BIO sponsored a special section on biotechnology which ran in The Washington Post on Wednesday, June 24: http://ukpublic.mediaplanet.com/biotechwashpostfinal.pdf The insert provides a general introduction to biotech, emphasizing how biotechnology is helping to heal, feed and fuel the world.  We also used the piece to disseminate some of our key messages surrounding biosimilars. The special section was included in the 713,000 printed copies of the Post distributed in Read More >

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Health Reform Debate Heats Up and Slows Down

The health reform debate is heating up and, in at least one respect, slowing down a bit. On Sunday, President Obama, PhRMA and the Senate Finance Committee announced an agreement to help close the coverage gap in the Medicare prescription drug program to help reduce the cost of comprehensive health-reform.  Under the proposal, U.S. drug companies would provide half-price discounts to Medicare recipients in the “doughnut hole” and provide other unspecified discounts and rebates for Read More >

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BIO IP News Weekly for June 19, 2009

This week I include a Nature Biotechnology article on scientific communications, a BBC article on river blindness, and a Heritage Foundation essay on patents.

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Indirect Land Use Paradigm Change

A recent analysis by Iowa State University Biofuels Economist Robert Wisner argues that requirements for biofuel production are on a collision course with greenhouse gas reduction goals. He notes that the Energy Independence and Security Act’s requirement for gradual increases in production of biofuels “was designed to provide time for technology development and industry growth.” However, he says, California’s and the EPA’s requirement for immediate reductions in greenhouse gas emissions may block the industry’s growth. Read More >

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