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WSJ: U.S. Concessions on TPP Means Fewer Cures

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Today’s Wall Street Journal editorial, Pacific Trade Brinksmanship, does an outstanding job highlighting the important role that patent protection plays in promoting innovation and fostering medical breakthroughs. The article highlights why adequate protections for biologics must be a centerpiece of a successful Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). One of the issues being negotiated is the right amount of patent protection for innovative medicines. As the editorial notes, the U.S. currently wants “biologic protections to last a dozen Read More >

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Back to School: Are You and Your Loved Ones Up-To-Date on Vaccinations?

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The back to school hustle slowly creeps up in August; but before you buy your kid pencils, notebooks and the backpack they “must have,” make sure that they—and you—are up to date with vaccinations and immunizations! The Center for Disease Control has dedicated this month to raise awareness of the benefits of immunization to prevent the spread of disease. National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) encourages people to communicate the importance of protecting and defending lifelong Read More >

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Celebrating International Beer Day? Celebrate Biotechnology!

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International Beer Day (IBD) is a celebration on the first Friday of every August founded in 2007 in Santa Cruz, California. Since its inception, International Beer Day has grown into a worldwide celebration spanning 207 cities, 50 countries and 6 continents. Specifically, International Beer Day has three declared purposes: To gather with friends and enjoy the taste of beer. To celebrate those responsible for brewing and serving beer. To unite the world under the banner of beer, by celebrating the Read More >

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New Report Suggests RDP Does Not Increase Healthcare Expenditures

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A new paper by the Geneva Network suggests that increasing the period of regulatory data protection (RDP) for biologic medicines would not increase expenditures for medicines. As countries navigate the final negotiations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the U.S. and Japan have advocated for increased regulatory data protection for biologic medicines by other TPP countries. In the U.S. biologics enjoy 12 years of data exclusivity; the only TPP countries, aside from the U.S, offering more than Read More >

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Reflecting on July 2015: “The Ag Biotech Debate Was Front and Center”

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Agri-Pulse recently published an op-ed titled “The Biotechnology Riddle” by Marshall Matz which outlined how ag biotech was “front and center” in both executive and congressional affairs this past July. He guides readers through the actions taken by legislative officials to promote the benefits of biotechnology and scientific literacy. First on July 2nd the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Office of U.S. Trade Representative issued an Executive Memorandum to “Modernize Read More >

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