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Biomedical Innovation: How the U.S. Can Stay Number One


By Ross DeVol, chief research officer of the Milken Institute “The first step in winning the future is encouraging American innovation,” declared President Obama in his last State of the Union speech. A logical place to start is making sure that where we hold a lead, we keep it. Today, the U.S. has such a lead in biomedical innovation — the process of transforming scientific discoveries into vaccines, diagnostics, devices and therapies that improve and Read More >

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Biotech Remains Strong in Florida


Florida has always attracted visionaries – from Walt Disney to Kennedy Space Center. The ambition of great men helped transform inhospitable swamps into engines of the economy. However, with no income tax, and a large retiree population, Florida’s revenue long depended on booming tourism and the sales tax revenue it brought in. In the 1990’s, Florida’s leaders began to change that. Enterprise Florida was born. This public/private partnership was designed to identify and provide incentives Read More >

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NIH Licensing Efforts Target Start-Ups


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


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


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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