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The Real Reason Why Salk Refused to Patent the Polio Vaccine

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A guest writer in a recent article in the Wall Street Journal repeated the oft quoted Jonas Salk statement about his Polio vaccine: “There is no patent.  Could you patent the sun?”  Many use this statement as the moral impetus for refusing patents on medically important innovations (see Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story).  Unfortunately, Jonas Salk created a myth that day by leaving out several crucial details. As pointed out by Robert Cook-Deegan at Read More >

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2011 BIO International Convention Governors Highlight Reel

Deval Patrick

The 2011 BIO International Convention brought together over 15,000 leaders from industry, government and academia who are working to solve some of the sector’s biggest challenges. Last year’s event was a highly successful meeting with representation from all fifty states and 65 nations involved in innovation and manufacturing of life science technologies for the marketplace. We were honored to host governors from 11 U.S. states as they promote their bioscience economic development endeavors. Here’s a Read More >

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Job Skills Training Paves Way for ‘Economy that’s Built to Last’

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‎Not surprisingly, President Obama’s vision for “an economy built to last,” as outlined in this week’s State of the Union address, makes job creation a cornerstone: “I also hear from many business leaders who want to hire in the United States but can’t find workers with the right skills. Growing industries in science and technology have twice as many openings as we have workers who can do the job. Think about that – openings at Read More >

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Virginia is for (Science) Lovers

Pam Moran

In Albemarle County, Virginia, the public school division is debuting a Health and Medical Sciences Academy this fall. Public high school students throughout the county will apply for a four-year program with a curricular concentration on skill sets that will serve state and national needs in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and research industries. In the following guest blog post, Dr. Pamela R. Moran, Superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools, discusses this innovative program and offers insight Read More >

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2012 BIO International Convention to Highlight Breakthroughs

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2012 BIO International Convention to Highlight Breakthroughs in Healing, Fueling, and Feeding the World The BIO International Convention Program Committee recently selected 125 thought-provoking and timely sessions among 13 educational tracks. The 2012 tracks include: Achieving Regulatory Approval and Compliance; Biofuels and Biobased Chemicals; Biotech Patenting and Tech Transfer; Business Development; Drug Discovery and Development; Finance; Food and Agriculture; Global Innovation and Markets; Health Policy and Reimbursement; Innovations in Vaccines; International Case Studies; Manufacturing of Read More >

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