Monthly Archives: July 2012

Just What the Doctor Ordered: Biotech’s Improved Apple

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There’s a lot of buzz right now over the new “Arctic Apple,” genetically engineered to resist browning due to cutting, biting and bruising.   The Golden Delicious and Granny Smith apples developed by Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (OSF) are exactly like a conventional apple in every way, except for its improved trait, that will – hopefully – increase apple consumption and popularity. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) recently Read More >

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Patent Evergreening in India: Response from the Other Side

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Thank you Adriana for commenting on my article Patent “Ever-Greening”: Novartis Confronts Patent Myth in India.  Before I respond, here is your full comment: Adriana says: While patients in India may still be able to access a generic form of off-patent imatinib mesylate (Glivec) if Novartis wins their legal challenge (because this “original form” was never patented in India due to India’s patent law not allowing product patents on medicines prior to 2005), a legal Read More >

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Silk Improves Vaccine Longevity

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Who doesn’t love the feel of silk fabric? Dresses, ties, sofa upholstery- you name it, we can’t keep our hands off it. You may have also heard that silk is an excellent surgical material for sutures, bandages, and implants. But did you know that our favorite fiber may not only patch up the world, but heal it as well? Here’s the problem we face: Many vaccines need to be kept cold in order to work Read More >

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Massachusetts Governor and Lawmakers Improve Patient Access

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Earlier this week Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed the 2013 budget. Within that budget are two provisions that will ultimately benefit healthcare consumers within the Commonwealth. The first provision was a partial repeal of the Massachusetts gift ban law enacted two years ago. In the words of Governor Patrick, “This narrow change will afford healthcare providers some flexibility to be educated on new clinically relevant products and allow them to stay informed on advancements in Read More >

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Senator John Kerry and the 2012 BIO International Convention

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One of our scheduled keynote speakers at the 2012 BIO International Convention in Boston was Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts. Unfortunately the Senator was unable to join us as planned when his duties kept him in Washington, DC for votes on important legislation. Senator Kerry has been a strong supporter of biomedical innovation. During the health care reform debate, Senator Kerry strongly supported and fought for a 12-year data exclusivity period for innovative biomedicines and Read More >

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