Monthly Archives: July 2011

Bayh Dole Act a failure?

By Guest Writer Joseph Allen One hotly debated topic in Washington of real importance to the biotechnology community is how well the annual multi-billion dollar federal investment in R&D is being translated into new products, jobs and companies needed to improve the lives of US taxpayers and help pull the US economy out of its current doldrums.  An interesting insight on the debate is captured in a Washington Post article “Innovation’s golden opportunity” that ran Read More >

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Global Biotechnology IP Evaluation by Scientific American

Scientific American evaluated the strength of intellectual property in 48 countries (click on chart on top left side of story for data) in its Worldview Scorecard including a chart with country rankings. This data* is based on patentable inventions, membership of international treaties, duration of protection, enforcement mechanisms and restrictions (e.g., compulsory licensing). The U.S. holds the top spot, followed closely by Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, and the Netherlands (all tied Read More >

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FDA: How can we improve it?

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By Stephen Sherwin, Former Chairman of BIO As Congress and the President work together to hammer out a new, national economic roadmap, it is important to point out to those working in, and interested in, our industry that we too have recently assembled a roadmap – one designed to fully realize the promise our industry holds for people everywhere. Several weeks ago, at the 2011 BIO International Convention in Washington, DC, BIO unveiled its first ever 5 Read More >

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Military Reliance on Oil Degrades Our National Security

Elizabeth L. King, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs, last week wrote to the Senate Energy and Environment Committee about the importance of Sec. 526 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. This law requires that any alternative fuels purchased by the federal government be better from an environmental perspective than the petroleum-based fuels they’re currently purchasing. King noted: Further, repeal or exemption [of Section 526] could hamper the Department’s efforts to provide Read More >

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Senate Hearing Focuses on Biobased Product Potential for Rural Job Creation

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The Senate Agriculture Committee today held a hearing on “Growing Jobs in Rural America” (watch the webcast). Dr. Marc Verbruggen, President and CEO of NatureWorks LLC based in Wayzata, Minn., and Dr. Oliver P. Peoples, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Metabolix, Inc. based in Cambridge, Mass., both BIO members, testified about their companies’ plans for growth and job creation. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), chair of the committee, “called the rural economy a bright spot Read More >

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