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New Drug Disposal Law Doesn’t Make Sense

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Product stewardship is a broad term applied across many industries, encompassing environmental, health, and safety concerns. Companies in each sector of the biotech industry (healthcare, agricultural, and industrial and environmental) have championed stewardship programs for many years – not just because it makes good business sense, but because they believe it is the right thing to do. Within the healthcare space, the impact of pharmaceuticals in the environment has become an issue of emerging debate. Read More >

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Inter Partes Review – a Useful Tool for Overcoming Freedom-to-Operate Obstacles

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By Eric K. Steffe, Eldora L. Ellison, Ph.D., Todd Spalding, and Deborah A. Sterling, Ph.D. For companies facing freedom-to-operate obstacles, the AIA provides a number of tools for dealing with troublesome patents.  While proceeding at risk in the face of such patents sometimes make sense, inter partes review (IPR) provides a viable option for challenging them and should be considered as a valuable addition to one’s freedom-to-operate toolbox. Inter partes reexamination (IPX), which (bio)pharma used Read More >

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Are Politics Killing the U.S. Animal Biotech Industry?

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A number of national newspapers ran an in-depth Associated Press article this week on the continuing saga of the AquAdvantage salmon and the challenge of its developer, Massachusetts-based AquaBounty Technologies, to stay afloat. The fish, genetically engineered to reach market weight in half the time of a conventional salmon, is a sustainable answer to the world’s demand for high-quality seafood protein, but its application for approval with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) remains Read More >

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BIO Housing Inventory Going Fast

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With roughly 80,000 bioscience jobs in more than 3,500 businesses across all bioscience sectors, it is no wonder the 2013 BIO International Convention is returning to Chicago, April 22- 25, 2013. With a large presence in all biotech sectors – agricultural feedstock and chemicals, drugs and pharma, medical devices and equipment, research, testing and medical laboratories and bioscience-related distribution, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with and visit premier R&D facilities, from national laboratories Read More >

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Data Exclusivity Protects Innovators and Assures Investors

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Biotechnology companies must have some certainty that they can protect their investment in the development of new breakthrough therapies for a substantial period of time. This protection helps companies secure much-needed venture capital funding, which is the lifeblood of the industry. A failure to include substantial data exclusivity would undermine incentives to invest in biomedical innovation and thus would slow progress in the development of breakthrough therapies to improve the health and lives of patients Read More >

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