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Emerging Company Policy Deconstructed: Start-up Jobs and Innovation Act (S. 1658)

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In a nutshell: Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) introduced the Start-up Jobs and Innovation Act to spur capital formation for R&D-focused companies in the early stages of development. Why you should care: It can take over a decade and cost more than $1 billion to bring a single groundbreaking biotechnology treatment from laboratory bench to hospital bedside, and virtually the entire process is funded by private investment. The Start-up Jobs and Innovation Read More >

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TRIPs Has Delivered: Patent Agreement Increases Drug Development

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The TRIPs (Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property) Agreement, effective in 1996, has resulted in multiple benefits for public health. The last blog post reviewed Progressive Economy’s finding of TRIPS at 20. One additional benefit not mentioned in the article is the explosion of molecules in clinical development. The World Intellectual Property Indicators – 2012 Edition reveals an overall growth in patent applications around the world. The report finds that patent applications “worldwide doubled from Read More >

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Bee Care Team is Buzzing in North Carolina

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Too many people don’t know enough about agriculture and food production. But even fewer know about the important role that bees play in maintaining healthy farming systems. Bees are necessary for plant pollination. Yet many colonies are disappearing due to increasing disease and environmental threats, including a syndrome called Colony Collapse Disorder. “Healthy pollinators are incredibly important in creating and maintaining a healthy, nutritious and sustainable food supply,” says Dick Rogers, apiologist/entomologist with Bayer CropScience. Read More >

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The Arrival of Actionable Personalized Medicine

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The pace of implementation of next-generation sequencing (NGS) in a clinical context, which almost rivals the development of the technology over the past decade, is driving the cost of a full genome sequence down to just a few thousand dollars. Diagnostic companies and medical centers are now routinely offering comprehensive genome analysis, as evidenced by the recent report from Baylor College of Medicine in the New England Journal of Medicine on the first 250 patients Read More >

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BIO Hosts Rep. Scott Peters at 2013 Pac Rim Summit

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In a recent press release, BIO announced that Rep. Scott Peters (D), of the 52nd Congressional District of California, will deliver opening remarks at the 2013 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy. BIO’s unique conference, focusing on the growth of the industrial biotechnology sector in Asia and the Americas, will be co-organized by Biocom and held in San Diego, December 8-11, 2013 at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter. “I am honored to welcome BIO and its member organizations Read More >

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