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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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Brazilian Innovation: A Patent Success

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The story of Acheflan highlights the role of patents in homegrown innovation in developing countries.  Professor Michael Ryan of George Washington University Law School reviewed several case studies (including Acheflan) in Brazil that highlight the differences in biomedical innovation both pre- and post-intellectual property reforms. In the early 1980’s, Ache Laboratorios Farmaceuticos (a Brazilian generics manufacturer) became aware of a plant that grew near coastal cities that local fishermen would mash into an oil rub Read More >

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ARPA-E Helps Early Stage Companies Commercialize Energy Innovations

Cheryl Martin

Q&A with ARPA-E Deputy Director for Commercialization Cheryl Martin Q: What is the mission of ARPA-E, and how do you work to further that mission? ARPA-E’s mission is to develop advanced energy technologies that can reduce U.S. energy consumption, emissions, and our reliance on foreign energy sources.  At the core, we are a technology funding agency, with a focus on next-generation, game-changing energy advances.  We award funding for research and development, with the goal of Read More >

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Governors Talk Biotech in State of the State Addresses

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State legislatures throughout the country are back in session – or soon will be. That means it is time for governors to deliver their annual state of the state addresses. In fact, several have already happened. Just in the last week, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomlin made reference to the biotech industry as an important part of their economic development strategy. As the economy continues to slowly chug upward, Read More >

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