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NIH Licensing Efforts Target Start-Ups

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has developed a new short-term licensing arrangement they hope will encourage licensing of NIH and FDA inventions to start-up companies.  The NIH Start-Up Exclusive License Agreements targets start-up companies less than 5 years old, with less than $5M in raised capital, and fewer thans than 50 employees.  By offering an exclusive license, they hope to accelerate the technology transfer process.  However, this temporary pilot program runs only until September 30, Read More >

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BIO Supports SBIR Reauthorization in Senate

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Last week, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 1867), which included SBIR reauthorization through Senate Amendment 1115. This is a critical step toward ensuring that all innovative companies can compete for SBIR grants – based on the promise of their science rather than the structure of their capital.  Reauthorizing the program to allow small companies that receive the majority of their financing from venture capital to once again be eligible to compete Read More >

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Exclusive Licenses Do Not Discourage Follow On Research

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A recent study presented at the Patent Statistics for Decision Makers Conference organized at the United States Patent Office questions the logic behind a nonexclusive license preference often found in U.S. government technology transfer policy. In “The Role of Exclusive Licensing in Follow-on Research of Academic Patented Inventions” presentation the authors demonstrate that, contrary to the belief by some, exclusive licensing does not impede future research. The authors ask two questions.  First, does exclusive licensing affect licensee follow-on research?  Read More >

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NIH: Streamlining the Technology Transfer Process

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is launching the electronic Research Materials catalogue (eRMa) to streamline the federal government’s technology transfer process. “To stay competitive in today’s world, on-line ordering is a requirement. With the launch of this first-of-its kind system, OTT is demonstrating its intention to meet that challenge,” said Mark Rohrbaugh, director of OTT. According to the press release: “The new system will streamline the licensing process by: Providing a website for companies Read More >

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e-Advocacy: Getting Your 15 MB of Fame

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By Seth Ginsberg, co-founder and President of the Global Healthy Living Foundation Advocacy used to be serious. Now it is social. Advocacy used to be Jerry Lewis asking us to open our wallets every Labor Day weekend or he was going to cry, and we did and he did. Today it is us and our friends asking each other to click a box saying “Like” or fire off 140 characters to our followers, or to Read More >

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