Monthly Archives: September 2013

NCATS R&D Day Aimed At Linking Investors to Preclinical Drug Development Projects

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On behalf of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), I invite BIO stakeholders to join us for our inaugural “Research & Development Day” September 12 in Cambridge, Mass. Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research will host the event at which researchers will showcase therapeutic candidates for indications such as sickle cell disease, hereditary inclusion body myopathy, Duchenne muscular dystrophy and cryptococcal meningitis to potential partners. To register and view the agenda, visit https://events-support.com/events/NCATS_RandD_Day. The Read More >

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BIO Welcomes Five New Board Members

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BIO elected five new members to its Board of Directors, voted upon at this year’s Board Meetings, held last week in Washington, DC. The following individuals were elected to the Health Section Governing Board: Francois Nader, President & CEO of NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Anna Protopapas, President of Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company Allen Waxman, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Eisai, Inc. Klaus Wilgenbus, Senior Vice President, Business Development & Licensing of Boehringer Ingelheim Read More >

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JOBS Act Provides Innovators with Capital Boost

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Despite all the talk of gridlock and polarization in Washington these days, successful, bipartisan pieces of legislation are not a thing of the past. One of them is the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, which makes it easier for emerging growth companies to raise capital by going public. The JOBS Act provides qualifying companies with a five year “on-ramp” period to comply with some of the regulatory requirements involved when making the transition from Read More >

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Patent Trolls and Patent Litigation: The GAO Weighs In

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Patent troll litigation alarmist were likely disappointed by the GAO report.  While the public discourse may have already concluded that patent trolls have laid waste to the innovative landscape by creating a patent litigation crisis, the GAO report does not find much evidence to support such claims. Patent troll litigation is not running rampant.  The GAO analyzed a sample of 500 patent infringement lawsuits from 2007 to 2011 and found that companies that make products (operating Read More >

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Driving Innovation in Breast Cancer: Startup Challenge

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The Avon Foundation (AF), National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute (NCI) and Center for Advancing Innovation (CAI) have partnered to launch a “first of a kind” Business Plan and Start-Up Challenge for Breast Cancer (BC) inventions that have high commercial viability and are important to public health. This challenge will accelerate the commercialization of Federal agency and AF grantee BC inventions, spur economic growth, and provide Universities a platform to further develop their entrepreneurship learning portfolio. Read More >

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