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“Contagion” Portrays Our Vulnerability to a Global Pandemic

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Earlier this month, the movie Contagion opened in theaters. With a star-studded cast including Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, and Gwyneth Paltrow, this action-thriller about the spread of a deadly virus is sure to attract a large audience. While Hollywood has been known to alter or exaggerate the facts to enhance the storyline, it is reported that Steven Soderbergh and his team aimed to realistically portray a pandemic. As Matt Damon stated in an IMDb interview, Read More >

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Data Protection, Trans Pacific Partnership, and the US-Jordan FTA (Post 2 of 2)

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This post is a continuation of a previous post: Data Protection, the Trans Pacific Partnership, and the US-Jordan FTA (Post 1 of 2). 4.  Oxfam criticizes pharmaceutical innovators for not making all of their innovative drugs available in Jordan. Ryan responds: a.  Innovator companies introduced few new drugs before IP reform because local companies were using their know-how and clinical data to get marketing approval and brochures describing the drug’s therapeutic function and side effects Read More >

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Data Protection, the Trans Pacific Partnership, and the US-Jordan FTA (Post 1 of 2)

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The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiation does not yet include a section on data protection (typically included in the Pharmaceutical Chapter of Free Trade Agreements).  Organizations against the inclusion of data protection in the TPP cite as evidence an Oxfam International study titled “All Costs, No Benefits: How TRIPS-plus intellectual property rules in the US-Jordan FTA affect access to medicines.” The Oxfam paper concludes that “medicine prices have increased drastically, and TRIPS-plus rules were partly Read More >

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A Matter of Economics; OK Gov Fallin Talks Biotech

Mary Fallin, Governor of Oklahoma

A few weeks ago Sheri Stickley, President of the Oklahoma Bioscience Association guest blogged about her experience at the 2011 BIO International Convention. As I have mentioned before, this year’s event drew more than 100 public officials and 11 U.S. Governors. We were particularly honored to have several Governors attend our event for the first time. Among them was Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin. Like many other public officials, she traveled to the convention to publicize Read More >

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Continued progress in advanced biofuels relies on the RFS

Jim Greenwood

There is widespread agreement among experts, policy makers and the public that the United States must overcome its addiction to fossil fuels to protect the environment and for reasons of national security. As in any addiction, interventions are necessary to break bad habits. Fortunately, in 2007 Congress expanded the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), requiring increased production and use of renewable fuels from multiple sources. American companies are making steady progress in creating advanced plant-based fuels. Read More >

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