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BIO CEO Company Snapshot: ImmunoGen, Inc.

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In the latest Company Snapshot for the 2012 BIO CEO & Investor Conference in New York City, we’re profiling ImmunoGen, Inc. which will be presenting at the event. We spoke with ImmunoGen, Inc. CEO Daniel Junius and he outlined his organization’s priorities and challenges as well as how his company differentiates themselves from the competition. Company Snapshot What are the short-term and long-term priorities for your company? Our highest priority today is building and advancing our pipeline Read More >

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Is the Polio Vaccine an Anti-Patent Success Story?

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By Hans Sauer, Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property, Biotechnology Industry Organization Question from a Reader: Heather: Whether Jonas Salk believed in patenting research or not isn’t important, at least not to me. What I do find important, and hadn’t realized until reading this article, is that the polio vaccine was extremely successful despite the fact that it wasn’t patented. That sounds like an interesting story because it goes against the current dogma of ‘we won’t Read More >

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Managing in a Cost-Constrained Environment

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By Jill E. Sackman, D.V.M., Ph.D., Senior Consultant, and Matt Levy, J.D., Business Analyst, at Numerof & Associates, Inc. (NAI) The pharmaceutical industry has entered a critical period of transition. Business models that have proven remarkably successful over the past 20 years are now encountering major challenges. As biotech companies grapple with the leading symptoms of these challenges – pricing pressures, pipeline productivity concerns, a growing public distrust, and greater political and regulatory scrutiny – Read More >

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Bill Gates: Embrace Genetic Modification or Starve

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Bill Gates has a terse response to criticism that the high-tech solutions he advocates for world hunger are too expensive or bad for the environment:  Countries can embrace modern seed technology and genetic modification or their citizens will starve. When he was in high school in the 1960s, people worried there wouldn’t be enough food to feed the world, Gates recalled in his fourth annual letter, which was published online on January 24 and reported Read More >

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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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