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‘Gene Patents’ Stifle Research?

'Gene Patents' Stifle Research?

The Federal Trade Commission has noted that “concern previously centered on the belief that biotechnology patent protection was too strong” and “would actually obstruct commercialization on new products, thereby hindering follow-on innovation.  This problem has yet to materialize.  The reasons for this are numerous and are often straightforward matters of basic economics. In addition to licensing being widely available, researchers make use of a variety [of] strategies to develop working solutions to the problem of Read More >

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Intellectual Property problems for personalized medicine

Amid growing interest in personalized medicine that stands to provide patients with better care at reduced costs, legal battles over gene patents ensue, threatening the viability of widespread implementation. On this topic authors Jennifer Gordon, Steve Lendaris and Anna Volftsun (layers at Baker Botts LLP) wrote a very interesting opinion article for The Scientist on the topic. They also examine the barriers to personalized medicine, including a pending decision in the Myriad Genetics case, and Read More >

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Translational Research Forum at BIO International Convention

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BIO is hosting a Translation Research Forum at the BIO International Convention.  NIH Director Collins keynotes an event that will explore how private, public and academic sectors can leverage meaningful partnerships, highlight emerging best practices, explore risk-sharing at the clinical research stage, and explore ways to bridge the gap in funding and know-how necessary to take university research to the next level. Read the Press Release for more information about panels and speakers. For registration, conference Read More >

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University-Industry Partnering at BIO Convention Webinar by AUTM June 16, 3-4PM

Get the inside information on what industry does and does NOT want from their academic counterparts: Join us June 16, 3-4 p.m. EDT for Insider’s Guide to Effective Partnering at BIO 2011, a FREE AUTM webinar to help you prepare for the BIO convention in Washington, DC, June 27-30.

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BIO has issued a strong letter of support for the Manager’s Amendment to H.R. 1249, the America Invents Act

by Stephanie D. Fischer BIO has issued a strong letter of support for the Manager’s Amendment to H.R. 1249, the America Invents Act.  The letter is posted on our website and the text is below: “On behalf of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), I am writing to express our strong support for your Manager’s Amendment to H.R. 1249, the America Invents Act. It is our strong desire to see this bill, as amended, passed by Read More >

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