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Op-Ed: As I Lay Dying

Former staff writer for the LA Times Laurie Becklund shares her experience ‘climbing ladders and falling down chutes’ as a metastatic breast cancer patient in this powerful op-ed. Becklund died in February, but left behind insights on how to improve the care and treatment of life-threatening diseases based on her first-hand experience. Becklund advocates for the creation of a ‘new system of data collection and an open, online, broad-range database about patient histories.’ This information Read More >

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BIO and Universities Caution Against Innovation Act, Emphasize the Need for Patent Protection

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In light of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte’s (R-VA) re-introduction of the Innovation Act, BIO and university representatives are urging the 114th Congress to protect their intellectual property, emphasizing the crucial role of patent protection in research and development.  In his statement on the re-introduction of the Innovation Act, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood urged caution: “BIO supports targeted reforms to reign in abusive patent enforcement practices, but any efforts to accomplish this Read More >

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BIO Deputy General Counsel Remarks on Revised Eligibility Guidance

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Hans Sauer, BIO’s Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property recently spoke at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s public forum on patent-eligible subject matter. The forum was a chance for the Office to receive public feedback regarding the most recently revised Eligibility Guidance for determining subject matter under 35 U.S.C. 1010. Biotechnology advocates are concerned that PTO examiners have interpreted recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, including those in Alice Corp, Myriad, and Mayo Read More >

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Sens. Alexander and Burr Release “Innovation for Healthier Americans” Report

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Today, Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and committee member Richard Burr (R-N.C.) released a report on the challenges of ‘getting safe treatments, devices and cures to patients more quickly and effectively.’ Specifically, the report looks at what is and is not working at the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health. The report kicks off a major initiative by the Committee to examine challenges with drug and medical device development Read More >

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Chairman Upton and Rep. DeGette Op-Ed: Can We Find Cures for 7,000 Diseases?

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In a CNN.com op-ed, Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO) provide highlights of policies that they intend to propose to help get more cures and treatments for the more than 7,000 diseases for which only 500 have cures and treatments. Chairman Upton and Rep. DeGette launched the 21st Century Cures Initiative to identify areas of reform to help ‘close the gap between the science of medicine and the Read More >

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