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World Pneumonia Day: November 12

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November 12 marks World Pneumonia Day, a campaign to educate the public about this disease and to advocate for global action to treat and prevent it. Pneumonia is the leading cause of death globally for children under the age of 5, claiming the lives of more than 1.5 million children annually. Pneumonia is also largely a vaccine-preventable disease. Since the introduction of pneumococcal vaccines in the U.S. in 2000, morbidity and mortality from pneumonia have Read More >

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Foundation Fighting Blindness Invests in Gene Therapy Research Projects

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Recently, the Foundation Fighting Blindness announced an $8.25 million investment in six new gene therapy research projects targeted to have treatments ready for clinical trials within three years. The projects include the following: The Institut de la Vision in Paris and the Friedrich Miescher Institute in Basel, Switzerland, are developing a gene therapy that may revive degenerating cones and potentially enable them to regain their ability to respond to light and provide vision. The treatment Read More >

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e-Advocacy: Getting Your 15 MB of Fame

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By Seth Ginsberg, co-founder and President of the Global Healthy Living Foundation Advocacy used to be serious. Now it is social. Advocacy used to be Jerry Lewis asking us to open our wallets every Labor Day weekend or he was going to cry, and we did and he did. Today it is us and our friends asking each other to click a box saying “Like” or fire off 140 characters to our followers, or to Read More >

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BIO’s Prometheus v. Mayo Amicus Brief Filed

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BIO filed an amicus brief in the Prometheus v. Mayo Clinic case.  In this case the Supreme Court is being asked to decide whether diagnostic and personalized medicine claims that depend on a correlation of observed phenomena should be excluded from the patent system at the outset, as patent-ineligible abstract ideas or “laws of nature.” BIO’s brief argues that these judicially-created exclusions from patent-eligibility have traditionally been used only under narrow circumstances, and that their Read More >

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IPCC Features Update on Patent Reform Implementation

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The BIO Intellectual Property Counsels Committee Fall Conference featured an update on the implementation of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act by Janet Gongola, Associate Solicitor of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). Some provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act took effect immediately when it was signed into law in September. Ms. Gongola reported that of the 20 provisions that must be implemented by the PTO, eight have been implemented and another ten are Read More >

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