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BIO Chair Testifies Before Senate

BIO’s Chair and CEO of GlycoMimetics, Rachel King

BIO’s Chair and CEO of GlycoMimetics, Rachel King, testified before the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship today where she reinforced the need for patent protection incentives to encourage small business innovation. Ms. King also encouraged Congress to address weaknesses in the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Inter Partes Review (IRP) system that allows abuses perpetrated against legitimate patent holders. Read her full testimony. You can read more about BIO’s position on patent Read More >

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BIO and University Organizations offer Support of STRONG Patents Act

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On March 4, 2015, Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced a new bill, The STRONG Patents Act of 2015. Sponsored alongside Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), the bill is offered as a complement to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Goodlatte’s (R-VA) Innovation Act, which many in the biotech sector see as an imbalanced bill. The STRONG Patents Act of 2015 would target the abusive practices of patent trolls in a narrowly tailored setting, Read More >

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We Need Your Input: BIO Survey on Effective FDA-Sponsor Communication

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BIO is surveying members and non-members on their interactions with the FDA during the various stages of drug development prior to submitting an NDA/BLA. The survey can be accessed here. Why is it important for you to share your feedback? In an increasingly competitive and fiscally-constrained environment, it is more important than ever for all stakeholders to work together to promote effective R&D for innovative medicines. In this BIO BuzzCenter video, Alnylam’s Dr. John Maraganore Read More >

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BIO IPCC Spring Conference Program Announced

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BIO’s 2015 IP Counsels Committee Spring Conference & Meeting will be held April 15-17 in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Four Seasons St. Louis Hotel. The biannual conference offers timely, relevant educational sessions on the latest issues in the biotech IP sector, informal networking events designed to promote discussion and foster relationships among industry colleagues, and practical tips for attendees to use the next day. Attendees will hear from the foremost experts in biotech IP Read More >

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Op-Ed: As I Lay Dying

Former staff writer for the LA Times Laurie Becklund shares her experience ‘climbing ladders and falling down chutes’ as a metastatic breast cancer patient in this powerful op-ed. Becklund died in February, but left behind insights on how to improve the care and treatment of life-threatening diseases based on her first-hand experience. Becklund advocates for the creation of a ‘new system of data collection and an open, online, broad-range database about patient histories.’ This information Read More >

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