Author Archive: Stephanie Fischer

Stephanie Fischer was a Director of Communications for health and intellectual property issues at BIO.

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Technology Transfer: Promoting Public-Private Collaborations for Innovation

Jim Greenwood

BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood penned an op-ed for the September issue of BioPharm International on the importance of technology transfer from academia to industry, as encouraged by the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980. The Bayh-Dole Act, which permits and encourages industry to partner with research universities to turn federally-funded basic research into new and valuable products, is a critical factor in driving America’s innovation economy. Because of this legislation, the U.S. leads the world Read More >

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Strong IP Protection is Critical Component of Trade Agreement

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The next round of discussion on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) began yesterday in nearby Leesburg, VA.  The TPP currently includes eleven countries (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, U.S. and Vietnam) and other countries in the region, such as Japan and Korea, may join in the future. The TPP will set an important precedent for global trade rules.  It is described by the U.S. Trade Representative as “an ambitious, 21st-century … Read More >

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May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month

Dr. Green

Celiac disease is one of the most common autoimmune conditions in the U.S. but frequently goes undiagnosed.  The cause is currently unknown and it can develop at any point in life.  People who have a relative with the disease are more likely to develop it, and women are more likely than men to have it. When people with celiac disease eat food with gluten, their immune system reacts by damaging areas of the lining of Read More >

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Importance of Reauthorizing Pandemic All-Hazards Preparedness Act

Sen. Casey

Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA) joined with BIO and The Center for Biosecurity of UPMC to co-sponsor a Hill briefing on the reauthorization of the Pandemic All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA) on March 1st.  Officials from the Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the White House, and Department of Health and Human Services as well as experts from the Center for Biosecurity at UPMC and the WMD Center discussed the critical Read More >

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IPCC Features Update on Patent Reform Implementation

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The BIO Intellectual Property Counsels Committee Fall Conference featured an update on the implementation of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act by Janet Gongola, Associate Solicitor of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). Some provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act took effect immediately when it was signed into law in September. Ms. Gongola reported that of the 20 provisions that must be implemented by the PTO, eight have been implemented and another ten are Read More >

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