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Upcoming Panel will Highlight The Successes of The NCATS Tech Transfer Model

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On October 29, 2014 the Center for Clean Energy Innovation and the House Technology Transfer Caucus will be hosting a panel of experts to discuss NIH’s NCATS program and its impact on the tech transfer policy debate. One of the biggest challenges for federally funded research and technology is bridging the development “Valley of Death.” Despite their tremendous potential impact, many promising discoveries die during development due to their insufficient advancements, which detract private investment. Read More >

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Should the USPTO Allow the Patenting of Living Organisms?

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Last year, a question was submitted to the GMO advocacy website GMOAnswers about whether or not the USPTO should allow the patenting of living organisms. Under 35 U.S.C. 101, “the laws of nature, physical phenomena, and abstract ideas have been held not patentable.” Therefore the USPTO cannot and does not award patents on living organisms that were merely discovered in nature. However, the U.S. Supreme Court Ruled in Diamond v. Chakrabarty that a “nonnaturally occurring Read More >

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The Hill: In War on Cancer, Patients at Risk of Becoming Commoditized

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Ted Okon, executive director of the Community Oncology Alliance, highlights the significant progress the medical community has made in the war on cancer but stresses the importance of access to care to improve and lengthen patients’ lives. “More Americans with cancer face longer life expectancies as a result of increased awareness among at-risk populations, better preventative care, early screenings, and new therapies,” writes Okon. “However, despite significant progress in the war on cancer, unnecessary access Read More >

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BIO Urges Comprehensive Tax Reform

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Earlier this week, the Treasury Department issued a notice of its intent to propose rules to limit corporate inversions. In response, we are urging Congress and the Administration to reform the corporate tax system in order to maintain America’s global competitiveness, sustain and create American jobs, and encourage investments in the United States. The U.S. has one of the highest effective corporate tax rates in the world. Current U.S. corporate tax laws, including the lack Read More >

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Detailed Report Examines the Crucial Role of Patents in Genetic Testing

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In The Critical Role of Patents in the Development, Commercialization, and Utilization of Innovative Genetic Diagnostic Tests, Professor Holman argues that advocates for weakening patent protection have fundamental misconceptions on the role of patents in genetic testing. Opponents assume that patents negatively impact patient access to genetic diagnostic testing. They believe that patents inhibit research that could lead to new or improved versions of genetic tests, and that patent holders charge higher prices as exclusive Read More >

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