Monthly Archives: January 2011

“Importance of new companies for drug discovery: origins of a decade of new drugs.” the Kneller Study

The Kneller study released in Nature Reviews Drug Discovery Journal (November 2010) included interesting data about the involvment of the biotechnology industry in the development of new drugs.  Kneller reviewed 252 FDA approved drugs from 1998-2007  and analyzed the country where the drug was made/discovered and whether the drug was discovered by a university, biotech, or pharma company.  Kneller then sorted the 252 drugs by novelty, priority review vs. standard review (unmet need) and by Read More >

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President Obama stresses the importance of Intellectual Property with President Hu of China

Here are some quotes on intellectual property from yesterday’s press conference with President Obama and President Hu of China. I did also stress to President Hu that there has to be a level playing field for American companies competing in China, that trade has to be fair.  So I welcomed his commitment that American companies will not be discriminated against when they compete for Chinese government procurement contracts.  And I appreciate his willingness to take Read More >

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Congressional Leaders Warn USDA on GE Alfalfa Proposal

U.S. Representative Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and U.S. Senators Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack requesting the department to return to a science based regulatory system for agriculture biotechnology and to deregulate without conditions genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa. In the letter, the members point out that while science strongly supports the safety of GE alfalfa, USDA’s actions politicize the regulatory process and could Read More >

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“Nuisance Litigation” Threatens Farmer Progress

John Block, former Secretary of Agriculture and now Senior Policy Advisor for Olsson, Frank, and Weeda, released a radio commentary late last week dealing with USDA’s proposed “compromise” on alfalfa deregulation in effort to achieve enhanced coexistence among farmers:   Hello everybody out there in farm country. This radio commentary is brought to you by the Renewable Fuels Association, Wal-Mart Stores, Monsanto, and John Deere. They are all friends, supporters, and allies of a healthy farm Read More >

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Bayh-Dole Podcast moderated by BIO with AUTM and patient advocate

Lila Feisee, Vice President for Global Intellectual Property Policy at BIO, moderated a podcast on the benefits of the Bayh-Dole Act and the need to maintain flexibility in our nation’s technology transfer system.  She was joined by: Dr. Ashley Stevens, Special Assistant to the Vice President for Research Technology Development and Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship & Commercialization at the Boston University School of Management.  He  also serves as President of Read More >

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