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NORD Urges Congress: Don’t Cut Orphan Drug Tax Credit

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This week, the National Organization of Rare Disorders (NORD) and more than 70 patient organizations sent a letter to key members of Congress in support of maintaining the Orphan Drug Tax Credit. Representing millions of American men, women and children suffering from rare diseases, the organizations voice strong support for the Orphan Drug Tax Credit (ODTC) and urge Congress to keep this critical tax credit in place as tax reform proposals are developed. According to Read More >

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Have Questions About GMOs? We Know How to Get the Answers.

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The ag biotech community – companies, scientists, health experts, farmers, industry organizations – have come together launching a new initiative to provide accurate information and answer the toughest questions about GMOs and how our food is grown. GMO Answers (www.GMOAnswers.com) is a new conversation, public Q&A, and central online resource for information on GMOs, their background, use in agriculture, and research and data in one easy-to-access public resource for the first time. “Food is personal, Read More >

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Patent Docs Highlights the BIO IPDx Symposium

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Patent Docs recently highlighted McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff’s (MBHB) panel at BIO’s IP and Diagnostics Symposium (IPDx).  Moderated by Donald Zuhn at MBHB, panelists from MBHB, Roche Diagnostics, and the USPTO discussed the impact of the Myriad decision on obtaining patent protection for genetic diagnostics.  The panel concluded the following: “While there was agreement that the Myriad holding is not limited to human DNA, there was spirited disagreement regarding its long-term impact on patents claiming naturally Read More >

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The Michael J. Fox Foundation Launches $10 Million Edmond J. Safra Core Programs

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The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) has committed up to $10 million to its next funding round for the Edmond J. Safra Core Programs for PD Research to prioritize research toward transformative treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s disease (PD). We invite qualified researchers to apply to the Edmond J. Safra Core Programs for PD Research: Rapid Response Innovation Awards: This program supports high-risk, high-reward projects with little-to-no existing preliminary data, but with potential to significantly Read More >

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10 Reasons We Need Crop Biotechnology and GM Foods

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“The web has become a sewer channeling scare mongering about crop biotechnology,” says Jon Entine, executive director of the Genetic Literacy Project (GLP), and a senior fellow at the Center for Health & Risk Communication and STATS (Statistical Assessment Service) at George Mason University. “We at the GLP have come to think that anti-biotech campaigners do not respond well to reasoned discussion and complex logic,” says Entine.  So, the GLP is launching a new project:  Read More >

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