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Biotech IP Challenges Around the World: BIO’s Special 301 Submission

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BIO recently submitted its Special 301 Submission highlighting intellectual property (IP) challenges around the world.  In particular, BIO informed the United States Trade Representative (USTR) of the persistent problems biotech companies face with issues including counterfeiting, large backlogs and patent office inefficiency, differing judicial standards for enforcement, compulsory licensing, inadequate data protection, lack of patentability of biotech inventions, overbearing genetic resources access and benefit regimes, technology transfer issues and a great need for international harmonization Read More >

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Honoring George Washington Carver’s Contributions to Today’s Bioeconomy

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As we celebrate Black History Month, we should take time to recognize the contributions made by George Washington Carver and understand their relevance to today’s development of the bioeconomy. Carver was one of the founding fathers of the “chemurgy” movement, the branch of applied chemistry that derives industrial products from agricultural raw materials and the predecessor of modern industrial biotechnology.   BIO’s George Washington Carver Award Carver, born into slavery in Missouri in 1861, left Read More >

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The Case of Misplaced Mountain Magnolias

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Amidst the mountains of western North Carolina rests a stand of Sweetbay magnolia trees. This hardly sounds noteworthy, but this story gets interesting. This species of magnolias wouldn’t be easily confused with the much more popular ornamental varieties that are ubiquitous to well manicured southern lawns. Like their popular cousins, these scrawny trees don’t belong in the mountains. They prefer coastal, swampy habitats with wet soils. They are outliers in their present location. So where did Read More >

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If It Happens At BIO International It Gets Attention

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By Rob Wright, Life Science Leader This year’s 2012 BIO International Convention is being held June 18-21 in Boston, and I can’t wait to see the final program. Last year’s event was my first exposure to this conference, and it did not disappoint. Not only was it huge in scale, it was large in scope — having captivating topics littered throughout the program. One that I decided to attend was the Diversity in Biotechnology Summit, Read More >

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Value Drivers Under the Influence – How Licensing and Key Events Affect Valuation

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The Tuesday plenary luncheon at the 2012 BIO CEO & Investor Conference featured a panel of experts representing several perspectives on valuation. The session opened with Ben Bonifant, Senior Vice President & Practice Area Leader at Campbell Alliance, presenting results from their Corporate Value Study, which was followed by a discussion examining the key value drivers for emerging companies. Bonifant moderated the panel discussion that featured: Rachel K. King, Chief Executive Officer, GlycoMimetics, Inc. Michael Margolis, Read More >

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