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NIH Office of Science Policy Unveils New Resources

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The NIH Office of Science Policy (OSP) works on a wide range of issues including biosafety, biosecurity, genetic testing, genomic data sharing, human subjects protections, the organization and management of the NIH, and the outputs and value of NIH-funded research. This is accomplished through a wide range of analyses and reports, commentary on emerging policy proposals, and the development of policy proposals for consideration by NIH, the Federal government, and the public. To better align Read More >

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Judd Gregg: Biodefense Funding Is Crucial to National Security

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Writing in the Morning Consult, former Senator Judd Gregg explains critical role of federal programs in preparing our nation for viral outbreaks and other biohazards that threaten to cause devastating harm to our national security. Because there is no commercial market for medical countermeasures to respond to attacks from chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological threats, in 2004 Congress passed the Project BioShield Act, which created the Project BioShield Special Reserve Fund (SRF) to incentivize research Read More >

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What We’ll Be Talking about at the BIO Spring IPCC Conference

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It’s time once again for BIO’s Spring IPCC Conference! BIO’s biannual Intellectual Property Counsels Committee Conference provides informative and interesting educational sessions on what’s happening in the biotech IP sector. It also provides a chance to network with industry colleagues, promoting discussion and fostering new and exciting relationships. Attendees represent all swaths of the biotech sector, including pharma companies, law firms, academia and government, coming together from the U.S. and abroad to attend this one Read More >

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“II Ca-Be-lly, or Not II Ca-Be-lly?”: Is The Famous Cabilly II Antibody Patent Near Extinction?

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Guest post by Konstantin Linnik, Ph.D., Isaac Hubner, Ph.D, and Lana Gladstein, who are attorneys in the Boston office of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP. On February 5, 2016, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) issued a decision to institute an Inter Partes Review (“IPR”) of Genentech’s “Cabilly II” patent (U.S. Patent No. 6,331,415). This triggered the one-month deadline for third parties to request joinder under 37 CFR § 42.122(b).  Whether you are a licensee, or otherwise Read More >

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#BIOCEO16 Fireside Chat with Senator Chuck Schumer

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New York Senator Chuck Schumer joined attendees at the 2016 BIO CEO & Investor Conference this afternoon for a fireside chat, moderated by BIO Chairman Ron Cohen, to discuss current political and public policy issues facing the country and the biopharmaceutical industry. The Senator expressed optimism that progress can be made on a bipartisan basis in a number of areas that will be conducive to investment in medical innovation and the well-paying jobs that such Read More >

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