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BIO 2012 Super Session Recap: Ernst & Young’s Beyond Borders

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The fanfare surrounding this morning’s unveiling of Ernst & Young’s 26th annual report on the state of the biotech industry, Beyond Borders, was buoyed by positive trends outlined in the report that show despite the overall lingering uneasiness in the economy, biotech is continuing its growth momentum. The Super Session at the 2012 BIO International Convention was moderated by members of Ernst & Young’s life sciences leadership team: Glen Giovannetti, Gautam Jaggi and Sanjeev Wadhwa; Read More >

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Prior User Rights and Trade Secrets

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By Joe Allen, President, Allen and Associates One theme of the day is the cloud of uncertainity overhanging the US patent system. This was underscored in the Prior User Rights and Trade Secrets session at the 2012 BIO International Convention as well. The new prior user rights defense which came into effect with enactment of the America Invents Act (AIA) was very differently viewed by the small biotech company perspective given by Mary Ann Dillahunty (Oncolytics Read More >

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Recent Developments in Patentability: Prometheus and Myriad

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By Joe Allen, President, Allen and Associates Recent Developments in Patentability: Prometheus and Myriad at the 2012 BIO International Convention was a very lively panel discussion on two cases that have set the life science industry on edge. The discussion presented an appropriate diversity of views as experts struggle with how broadly these cases should be interpreted. Briefly, the unanimous decision by the Supreme Court overtuning a decision upholding the Prometheus patents by the Court Read More >

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From Bench to Bedside in a Bioeconomy

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By Joe Allen, President, Allen and Associates It’s a sign of a well crafted program when the closing panel reinforces the opening speaker. Boston University President Robert Brown kicked off the afternoon at the Translational Research Forum at the 2012 BIO International Convention by showing how the old linear model of product development crafted after World War II no longer applies. The closing industry panel aptly remarked that a struggling economy has brought the public and private Read More >

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Dr. Lewis Sullivan Leads Panel on Diversity in Education and the Biotech Workplace

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This year the Diversity Summit at the 2012 BIO International Convention focused on the importance of recruiting and fostering a diverse workforce in the biotechnology field. Past Diversity Summits have focused on diversity in research and clinical trials, but experts have found that it can be challenging to develop new treatments and cures without a diverse workforce pursuing these discoveries. For panelists as well as those in the audience, the need to bring minorities into Read More >

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