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SIR RICHARD BRANSON : Keynote Preview

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Today’s Keynote Luncheon features Sir Richard Branson, Founder of the Virgin Group, one of the world’s most recognized and respected brands. “The BIO International Convention brings together an industry that is working to solve some of our world’s most intractable problems,” said Sir Richard. “Every day, biotechnology companies are seeking cures for devastating diseases, finding new ways to feed a growing global population and developing renewable fuels to keep our air and water clean for Read More >

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Technology Transfer: Making A Better World

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As our dear friend, the late Howard Bremer was so fond of saying, the underlying principle of what we do is “bringing research discoveries to the market to improve the human condition.” Technology transfer is a relatively young profession. Just a few years ago most people had never heard about it. Today, more than 30 years after the passage of the Bayh-Dole Act, more eyes than ever before are focused on us and our efforts. Read More >

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Supreme Court Enunciates New Indefiniteness Standard

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The Supreme Court has once again reversed a decision by the Federal Circuit, in this case involving the proper standard for finding claims indefinite. The case, Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc., overturned the Federal Circuit’s “insolubly ambiguous” test and substituted its own “reasonable certainty” test.  The Court left intentionally unclear the precise ways in which their new test will differ from the Federal Circuit’s abrogated test, leaving it to the lower court to decide Read More >

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Patent Reform Legislation Off The Table For Now

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If the mainstream media is to be believed, the patent system is broken.  This notion is frequently blamed on the perceived increase in so-called patent assertion entities (“PAEs”), referred to derogatorily as “patent trolls.”  More often than not, these media reports cite to a limited number of examples illustrating the perceived abuses, and reach the conclusion that patents are stifling innovation.  And, even though there has been serious disagreement about the extent of the problem, Read More >

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Alzheimer’s Association offers Research Grant Program

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The Alzheimer’s Association offers the Part the Cloud Translational Research Grant Program, which aims to fill the gap in Alzheimer’s disease drug development. The program supports early phase studies of potential Alzheimer’s therapeutics or validation of biological markers of disease progression and moves us closer to potential therapies to stop or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s. More information is available at alz.org/grants. There is no greater health care need than slowing or preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Read More >

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