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Upcoming Panel will Highlight The Successes of The NCATS Tech Transfer Model

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On October 29, 2014 the Center for Clean Energy Innovation and the House Technology Transfer Caucus will be hosting a panel of experts to discuss NIH’s NCATS program and its impact on the tech transfer policy debate. One of the biggest challenges for federally funded research and technology is bridging the development “Valley of Death.” Despite their tremendous potential impact, many promising discoveries die during development due to their insufficient advancements, which detract private investment. Read More >

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GMO Answers Marks October as “Get to Know GMOs” Month

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GMO Answers has announced that for the month of October we are inviting the public to “Get to Know GMOs” – to ask their toughest questions and join the conversation. This month GMO Answers will be engaging online and across social media to help consumers Get to Know GMOs and better understand the role of biotechnology in agriculture. As others promote activities opposing GMOs throughout October, we’ll be correcting common misconceptions and introducing consumers to those Read More >

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Should the USPTO Allow the Patenting of Living Organisms?

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Last year, a question was submitted to the GMO advocacy website GMOAnswers about whether or not the USPTO should allow the patenting of living organisms. Under 35 U.S.C. 101, “the laws of nature, physical phenomena, and abstract ideas have been held not patentable.” Therefore the USPTO cannot and does not award patents on living organisms that were merely discovered in nature. However, the U.S. Supreme Court Ruled in Diamond v. Chakrabarty that a “nonnaturally occurring Read More >

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Cutting Through the Food Labeling Confusion

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There was a lot of media buzz around a Consumer Reports study released yesterday that shows confusion around foods labeled “natural.” We agree that food labels can be confusing.  And that’s why we are part of a coalition of farm-to-fork organizations that support a federal legislative solution that will protect consumers by eliminating confusion around food labels while advancing food safety. In addition to requiring federal standards for companies that want to voluntarily label their Read More >

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Tekmira CEO Discusses Ebola Therapy Development at 2014 BIO Investor Forum

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Today at the 13th Annual BIO Investor Forum, Tekmira CEO Dr. Mark Murray participated in a conversation with Phyllis Arthur, BIO’s Senior Director for Vaccines, Immunotherapeutics, and Diagnostics Policy. Tekmira has been in the spotlight recently due to their experimental Ebola therapy, TKM-Ebola. Recently, they announced that FDA has allowed them to provide TKM-Ebola for treatment under expanded access protocols, and that they have joined an international consortium to conduct clinical trials of Ebola virus therapeutics Read More >

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