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TPP and Innovation in the Bioeconomy: The Need for 12 Years of Data Protection

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A few weeks ago, BIO submitted a letter and white paper (PDF) to the U.S. Trade Representative outlining recommendations for policies to pursue with TPP negotiating partners to ensure intellectual property protection for innovative biologic products. Standards that enable biotechnology companies to protect and leverage their intellectual property are of critical importance to companies seeking breakthrough treatments and cures for patients in need worldwide. Implementing standards of protection that effectively protect innovation for biological products within the TPP region Read More >

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NORD Urges Congress: Don’t Cut Orphan Drug Tax Credit

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This week, the National Organization of Rare Disorders (NORD) and more than 70 patient organizations sent a letter to key members of Congress in support of maintaining the Orphan Drug Tax Credit. Representing millions of American men, women and children suffering from rare diseases, the organizations voice strong support for the Orphan Drug Tax Credit (ODTC) and urge Congress to keep this critical tax credit in place as tax reform proposals are developed. According to Read More >

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Patent Docs Highlights the BIO IPDx Symposium

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Patent Docs recently highlighted McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff’s (MBHB) panel at BIO’s IP and Diagnostics Symposium (IPDx).  Moderated by Donald Zuhn at MBHB, panelists from MBHB, Roche Diagnostics, and the USPTO discussed the impact of the Myriad decision on obtaining patent protection for genetic diagnostics.  The panel concluded the following: “While there was agreement that the Myriad holding is not limited to human DNA, there was spirited disagreement regarding its long-term impact on patents claiming naturally Read More >

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BioOhio Selects New Leadership

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John Lewis has been promoted to CEO of BioOhio, the biological sciences trade organization, recognized as BIO’s affiliated state organization in Ohio. John has been with BioOhio for the last twelve years and has been instrumental to its highly successful efforts to grow the biotech industry in the state. Earlier this year, BioOhio’s previous long-serving head, Tony Dennis, retired. Under Tony’s 11-year leadership, BioOhio helped elevate Ohio into top-tier ranks amongst virtually all bioscience industry Read More >

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The Hill: Innovation-focused tax reform for U.S. global competitiveness

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The Hill Blog published an op-ed by Geoff Davis on ‘Innovation-focused tax reform for U.S. global competitiveness.’ Davis, a former member of the House Ways & Means Committee, which has responsibility for writing our nation’s tax laws,  urges policymakers to support innovative, research-intensive businesses by encouraging private investment as they move towards tax reform. As he states, “If the U.S. is to remain competitive in the global economy, we need to make sure there are policies Read More >

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