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The Most Linked In Man in Biotech Retires after 35 Years

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The biotech world loses one of its preeminent titans of business development this year with the retirement of Chris Yochim. Variously dubbed “the face of AstraZeneca”, “Mr. Conference”, and other monikers as colorful as his dress shirts, Chris concludes a career spanning 35 years in the pharmaceutical industry. Trained as a pharmacologist, he contributed to the identification of several candidate compounds that are marketed drugs today, but more than anything else, Chris is known as Read More >

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#BIO2014 Blogger Roundup

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Want to know what’s happening at the 2014 BIO International Convention? Find out from our bloggers! #BIO2014 Opening Reception: What A Night!, San Diego Biotechnology Network BIO 2014: Training Bio-Entrepreneurs to Use Coffee, Yoga, and Data, Xconomy Liking, Sharing, and Tweeting to Better Health, The Campaign for Modern Medicines Bioethics in Compassionate Use of Drugs, Sciberomics Drug Development: An Ethical Minefield, Sciberomics National Bioscience Report Shows Industry Robust with Strong Prospects for Growth, Bravo Group Read More >

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Therapeutic Licensing and M&A Deals

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Licensing deals for therapeutic candidates in 2013 dropped to the lowest volume in at least eight years for deals with disclosed values totaling over $10M. Total upfront payments to biotechs were also at an eight year low, with only $1.9B paid to biotechs in 2013. This is a 50 percent drop from peak levels. However, there is a silver lining in the data: Preclinical deal volume saw a slight increase in 2013, and has not Read More >

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Gates Foundation Issues Biotech Call to Action

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Today, Trevor Mundel from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation discussed the untapped potential of biotech companies to help develop new and better drugs, vaccines, diagnostics, and delivery systems for global health solutions at the 2014 BIO International Convention. This is important because 90 percent of the global infectious disease burden is borne by those who live in developing countries, yet the foundation believes that little attention is paid to health solutions to address these Read More >

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Patent Parameters

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Supreme Court Finds Naturally Occurring DNA to Be Patent Ineligible Last summer, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., which concerned the patent eligibility of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. In Myriad, a unanimous Supreme Court held that a naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated. The Court also determined, albeit with one caveat, that Read More >

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