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BIO Letter of Support for 21st Century Cures Legislation

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Today, BIO sent a letter to Reps. Boehner and Pelosi in support of the 21st Century Cures Act. In the letter, we applaud Chairman Upton, Ranking Member Pallone and Congresswoman DeGette’s efforts on H.R. 6., which takes important steps toward placing patients at the center of the drug development process. We also expressed support for precision medicine through genomics and regulatory science to help better understand the molecular basis of disease and develop precision therapies tailored to each Read More >

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Understanding the Wider Implications of HR 9: Patent Reform’s Impact on Agriculture

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The House Judiciary Committee recently approved H.R. 9, the Innovation Act, legislation they hoped would reduce frivolous patent-related litigation, frequently filed by so-called “patent trolls.”  Unfortunately, rather than surgically targeting abusive lawsuits, H.R. 9 would fundamentally alter the ability of legitimate patent holders to defend their rights. Agricultural innovation, biotechnology and sustainable agriculture will help society meet monumental challenges presented by the expected growth in demand for animal feed, food, fibers, biofuels and pharmaceuticals.  However, Read More >

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IP Sessions at BIO 2015: The Evolving Landscape of Patentable Subject Matter

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The IP Track at BIO 2015 had a number of incredible educational sessions concerning the most relevant topics in the biotech sector. Let’s look back at what top experts in the IP field had to say about the changing nature of patentable subject matter: Panelists included: Jennifer Swan and Howard Levine, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP Raul Tamayo, USPTO P. Michael Walker, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company Panelists focused on the increasingly restrictive interpretation of patent eligibility, Read More >

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This Independence Day, Let’s Thank the Inventors

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Happy Birthday AMERICA! That’s right, this Saturday is July 4. And yes, that means what you think it means. Prepare yourself for Facebook posts of your old college roommate in an American flag t-shirt, Instagrams from your sister who makes the world’s GREATEST potato salad and texts from your cousin about prime firework viewing in D.C. (Hint: Avoid the crowds and head to the Marine Corps War Memorial and Netherlands Carillion in Rosslyn – you Read More >

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2015 State GE Food Products Labeling Legislative Scorecard

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State legislatures regularly tackle contentious issues.  In recent years, however, few policy matters have been as heated and wide ranging as the debate about genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Over the past few years, legislatures in 41 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico have considered bills pertaining to the labeling of food derived from genetically engineered (GE) crops or related legislation. Thus far in 2015, legislatures in 25 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico have Read More >

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