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BioManufacturers Increasing Budgets for New Technologies

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By Eric Langer, Managing Partner, BioPlan Associates, Inc. Two-thirds Spending more for Improved Productivity Almost two-thirds (64.2 percent) of biomanufacturers will increase their budgets for new technologies to improve efficiencies and costs for downstream production this year. Data from our newly released 9th Annual Report and Survey of Biopharmaceutical Manufacturers, include responses from 302 global biomanufacturers, and an additional 185 vendors to the industry. We find that budget increases this year are not just incremental Read More >

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Biotech Patent Case Law Updates at the IPCC

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By John W. Cox, Counsel at Alston+Bird LLP The Spring 2012 BIO Intellectual Property Counsels’ Committee (IPCC) Conference, held in Austin, Texas, provided an excellent forum for intellectual property (IP) practitioners in the biotech industry to socialize, network, and participate in panel discussions focusing on the dynamic developments in the patent laws.  The conference began for the general participants over margaritas and Tex-Mex fare, where attendees were already discussing recent Supreme Court and Federal Circuit decisions Read More >

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The Life Sciences Foundation – Telling the Story of Biotechnology

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By the Life Sciences Foundation “If a man were permitted to make all the ballads, he need not care who should make the laws of a nation.” – Scottish politician Andrew Fletcher (1653-1716) Why History Matters Biotechnologists are in the tomorrow business. They strive to innovate, invent, and make progress. They must; survival depends on it. Biotechnologists are future-oriented. Yet, biotechnologists are also steeped in history. They swim in the past, and strive constantly to Read More >

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Fox Trial Finder and You: Use It to Recruit for Your Trials or to Get Involved Yourself!

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From The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research The Michael J. Fox Foundation has launched Fox Trial Finder, a new Web tool that uses state-of-the art technology to connect potential study volunteers with the coordinators of clinical studies that need someone with their specific medical history. The goal is to benefit both study sponsors and patients by getting people into clinical trials and studies faster — speeding the development of new treatments and ultimately a Read More >

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From Despair to Hope, a New World of Treatments

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By David Welch, President and Senior Producer, M2 MultiMedia Communications Tonight, Wednesday March 28 at 9:00 EST, a documentary called From Despair to Hope, A New World of Treatments, will be broadcast on WUSA-TV, the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C.  It is sponsored by the Biotechnology Industry Organization. For me, producing this program was a yet another profound reminder of the contributions of biotechnology companies that are helping millions of patients throughout the world live hopeful Read More >

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