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PTO Patent Examinations in the wake of Mayo and Myriad

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Biotech patent applicants are finding themselves in uncharted waters.   After the Supreme Court’s decisions in Mayo Collaborative Svs. v. Prometheus Labs and Ass’n for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, companies have been trying to understand how these decisions will impact the industry. A recent study supported by BIO, in collaboration with Bloomberg BNA and the law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi analyzed how Mayo and Myriad have changed patent eligibility for biotechnology. Read More >

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Forbes: Faster FDA Approvals Have Not Caused More Drug Safety Problems

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In 1992, Congress, industry, and the FDA worked together to create the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA). This program ensures that FDA has the ability to hire additional reviewers to expedite the drug review process by having industry pay “user fees.” Recently, attention has been given to a flawed study in the August 2014 issue of Health Affairs, which has some critics claiming that PDUFA fees are biasing FDA review decisions. The study looked at Read More >

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Jim Greenwood in WSJ: Curing Hepatitis C Is Cheaper Than Open-Ended Care

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On Friday, a letter from BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood was published in the Wall Street Journal, arguing that curing hepatitis C is cheaper than the alternative of open ended care. The full text of the letter is below: President and CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans (HIP) Karen Ignagni’s “Paying for the Thousand-Dollar Pill” (op-ed, Aug. 4) plays down the fact that Sovaldi has been shown to achieve a high cure rate for Read More >

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For 2014 LBS – Early Bird Rates Plus a Complimentary Registration!

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BIO Livestock Biotech Summit September 16–18, 2014 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota We know that getting out of the office for a few days and attending a seminar is always educational and fun. It’s also better with a friend. More so with two other colleagues. Through August 29, 2014, when your organization purchases two (2) early-bird registrations at the full rate, you will be eligible to receive one (1) additional registration complimentary. Just complete your Read More >

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Fighting Ebola with Tobacco

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Years in the making, the Ebola virus has recently erupted into a full blown health crisis. As of this week, it has claimed the lives over a thousand people – mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. Ebola is one of the world’s most virulent diseases and treating it is complicated by the fact that it is highly contagious and deadly. The infection is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues Read More >

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