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STEM Video Competition Offers Cash Award

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Budding scientists, take note. Biocom Institute and the Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes have extended the deadline for an online STEM video competition. The competition is open to all United States students in grades 5-12. The students will be required to create a one-minute video designed to answer one of two questions – Why is STEM important to YOU? or Who is your STEM hero and why? Video submissions should be uploaded to YouTube and Read More >

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Indiana Governor Signs Bill that Supports Transparent Communication

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence has signed bipartisan legislation enabling retail pharmacies within his state to substitute interchangeable biologic medicines, once approved, for the innovator drug on which they are based. Not only does this legislation empower pharmacists to use their professional discretion to automatically substitute interchangeable biologic medicines, it also ensures transparent communication within a patient’s entire health care team to ensure the best decisions possible. The newly signed Senate Bill 262 ensures pharmacists communicate with the Read More >

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Corporate-Sponsored University Research Valuable for Further Innovation

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New research published in Nature, Technology Transfer: Industry-funded academic inventions boost innovation, provides data undermining “assumptions that corporate-funded academic research is less accessible and useful to others.” After reviewing empirical evidence covering 20 years of inventions in the University of California system the authors find that: “Corporate-sponsored research is surprisingly valuable for further innovation. Data collected over 20 years at nine campuses and three national laboratories administered by the University of California show that corporate-sponsored Read More >

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Gene Patent Questions Remain: USPTO Issues Examiner Guidelines

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The new Patent Office guidance, issued March 4, extends the Supreme Court’s legal logic into areas that were neither mentioned nor decided in the Myriad case itself. Myriad went to the Supreme Court exclusively on the question whether human genes are patentable. And human genetic diagnostic testing was the only context in which the Supreme Court thought about this question. The Supreme Court also acknowledged that it is not a scientific expert, and perhaps recognized Read More >

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PA Bio Names State Official of the Year

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Pennsylvania State Representative Warren Kampf was selected as the recipient Pennsylvania Bio’s 2013 State Official of the Year Award. Representative Kampf will be honored at Pennsylvania Bio’s Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration on March 12th at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.  The State Official of the Year recognizes a public official from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who has distinguished him/herself as a leader in the bioscience industry. The honoree is selected by the Pennsylvania Read More >

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