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Should the USPTO Allow the Patenting of Living Organisms?


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

Food Labels

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

Tekmira CEO

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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Fireside Chat with Ken Drazan, MD, Head of Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Ken Drazan, MD

Day one of the BIO Investor Forum featured a Fireside Chat with Ken Drazan, MD, who serves as the head of Johnson & Johnson Innovation in California. The conversation was moderated by Deepa R. Pakianathan, PhD, a general partner for Delphi Ventures who leads the firm’s biotechnology investment activities. Ken Drazan has a unique viewpoint which results from having experience with both the biopharma start-up world as well as in the investment community. This background Read More >

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T-Cell Therapies: Best Bets in Pushing Down the Cost Curve and Prioritizing Cancer Targets

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New approaches in cancer immunology are achieving promising early-stage results through novel techniques for arming the body’s own t-cells to have greater impact on reducing tumors and preventing the spread of disease. CAR-T methods that extract, reengineer, and reintroduce a given patient’s t-cells provide highly personalized therapy but may be difficult to scale up. The interleukin enhancement approach motivates existing t-cells to be more effective and may be easier to deliver but have less pervasive Read More >

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