Monthly Archives: July 2009

Webinar: University Startups: Best Practices

Update: The presentation materials are available here: http://bit.ly/IBfmv (thanks to Jack Pincus, via Twitter) The National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2) is hosting a webinar on university spinouts and the MIT entrepreneurial ecosystem: What Are Universities Doing to Create and Fund University Startups: Best Practices The MIT Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Wednesday, July 29, 1:00-2:30pm ET (10:00-11:30am PT) With Edward B. Roberts (David Sarnoff Professor of the Management of Technology MIT Sloan School of Management; Founder/Chair, MIT Read More >

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Strange Bedfellows Indeed

The Environmental Working Group, Friends of the Earth, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the National Marine Manufacturers Association, the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association, and the Natural Resources Defense Council have cosigned a series of letters to Senate leaders opposing additional study of the theory of indirect land use change. These groups would like to lock in the EPA’s current measurement of indirect land use change, which includes heavy penalties for corn- and soybean-based biofuels. The Read More >

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GAO Report on Bayh-Dole: Leverage to Promote Commercialization of Federally-Funded Inventions

The General Accountability Office submitted its report to Congress today on the administration of the regulations found under the Bayh-Dole Act, the foundation of all federally-funded research in the United States and one of the key factors in the creation (and boom) of biotechnology as both a research field and industry in the 1980s. A little background on Bayh-Dole: Technological innovation is widely seen as responsible for much of the economic growth and increased standard Read More >

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Department of State: Foster Climate Change Solutions, Biodiversity, & Economic Development with IPR Protections

CropLife has recently published their newest video interview last week with Carrie LaCrosse, of the Office of Intellectual Property Enforcement at the U.S. Department of State. LaCrosse discusses the value of IP for agriculture, looking in particular at new plant varieties and how IP is part of the solution in addressing the issues of food security.

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Global Sustainable Bioenergy Initiative Discussed at World Congress

Professor Lee Lynd of Dartmouth, who is also the CSO of Mascoma, addressed a plenary session the 2009 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology. He gave additional insight on the article he coauthored with David Tilman et al in a recent issue of Science and discussed the initiative that led to the article. According to Lynd, it has been suggessted that we should forego the biofuel option, but before we do we should ask three Read More >

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