Monthly Archives: October 2013

The “Designer Baby” Patent: Why the Patent System Should Not Regulate Science

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23andMe received criticism this week from a few bioethicists in the journal Genetics in Medicine, regarding a patent titled “gamete donor selection based on genetic calculations.”   The ethicists write,  “Selecting children in ways such as those patented by 23andMe is hugely ethically controversial… We believe the patent office made a serious mistake in allowing a patent that includes drop-down menus from which to choose a future child’s traits… At no stage during the examination of the patent application Read More >

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Biotech IPO Boom or Bubble? The Opening Plenary at the BIO Investor Forum

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With 31 (and counting) life sciences companies having already placed IPOs on the market within the first 8 months of this year and many others lining up for S-1 filings, biotech is buzzing about a revival of the IPO market. Is it a bubble? David Thomas, director of Industry Research and Analysis at BIO took up these questions during the opening plenary lunch of the 12th Annual BIO Investor Forum. What’s his short answer? Not Read More >

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Successful Public-Private Partnerships

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According to BayBio, biomedical companies that can harness the power of patient groups will get medicines, devices and diagnostics to market faster, cheaper and smarter, helping patients and rewarding investors. Gail Maderis, ‎President & CEO at BayBio, debuted their preliminary whitepaper entitled “Successful Public-Private Partnerships” today at the 2013 BIO Investor Forum. BayBio surveyed nearly 100 biotech and foundation CEOs, vice presidents of research, directors of patient advocacy and others across the United States. Following Read More >

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BIO Investor Forum Kicks Off Amid Industry Optimism

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Today, the BIO Investor Forum kicks off in San Francisco, Calif. BioWorld’s Catherine Shaffer paints a positive picture of the industry (subscription required) highlighting the strong IPO activity and heightened interest in the sector among investors. The conference reflects the upward momentum of the industry with increased expected attendance among both companies and investors. The JOBS Act is widely viewed as the underlying reason for these positive trends in the industry as the law helped Read More >

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Fighting Blindness through Sound Investments in Research

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Since 1971, the Foundation Fighting Blindness has raised more than half a billion dollars in support of its mission to put an end to retinal diseases. Those diseases affect more than 10 million Americans at risk of vision impairment, legal blindness or total blindness. Because age-related macular degeneration (AMD), one of the diseases we target, is the leading cause of blindness in people over 55, and because the Baby Boomer population is aging, that number Read More >

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