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Technology Transfer Symposium in San Francisco

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In the midst of turbulent economic times, and at a moment when the U.S. is looking to encourage technology job creation in the coming decade, an increasing number of public and private sector initiatives have been proposed to spur job creation. While the U.S. leads in the area of biotechnology, there is no guarantee that this competitive edge will continue.  Moreover, although the U.S. is more prolific in life science discoveries than any other single country in the Read More >

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Biotechnology Industry Initiative to Improve U.S. Science Education

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By Bianca Blanks, Biotechnology Institute Industry responds to President’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign with “Scientists in the Classroom” initiative The Biotechnology Institute supports STEM education and has a vision to capture the imagination of youth, to inspire the next generation to learn life science and biotechnology, and transform society’s expectations so that all citizens may appreciate the importance of biotechnology to society. The Biotechnology Institute’s Scientists in the Classroom initiative is the life science industry’s Read More >

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Bi-partisan Senate Letter asking for 12 years of Data Protection in TPP

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Senators Hatch and Kerry, along with 35 other Senators, sent a letter to Ambassador Kirk asking for 12 years of regulatory data protection consistent with U.S. law in the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. We are united in urging you to propose a strong minimum term of regulatory data protection for biologics consistent with U.S. law. As you are aware, U.S. law provides for a 12-year term of regulatory data protection for biologics and we believe that should serve Read More >

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Data Protection, Trans Pacific Partnership, and the US-Jordan FTA (Post 2 of 2)

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This post is a continuation of a previous post: Data Protection, the Trans Pacific Partnership, and the US-Jordan FTA (Post 1 of 2). 4.  Oxfam criticizes pharmaceutical innovators for not making all of their innovative drugs available in Jordan. Ryan responds: a.  Innovator companies introduced few new drugs before IP reform because local companies were using their know-how and clinical data to get marketing approval and brochures describing the drug’s therapeutic function and side effects Read More >

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Data Protection, the Trans Pacific Partnership, and the US-Jordan FTA (Post 1 of 2)

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The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiation does not yet include a section on data protection (typically included in the Pharmaceutical Chapter of Free Trade Agreements).  Organizations against the inclusion of data protection in the TPP cite as evidence an Oxfam International study titled “All Costs, No Benefits: How TRIPS-plus intellectual property rules in the US-Jordan FTA affect access to medicines.” The Oxfam paper concludes that “medicine prices have increased drastically, and TRIPS-plus rules were partly Read More >

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