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A Clue to Growing Food on Mars Someday


With a Rotten Tomatoes score of 93%, the Martian has become a box office hit, grossing over $571 million worldwide. During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. With a limited amount of supplies, he must find a way to survive on the hostile planet while members of NASA and fellow crew members work to bring him back home.  The conditions on Mars aren’t conducive for human survival making for Read More >

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BIO Submits Comments on “Myriad” PTO Patent Guidance

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On July 31st, BIO, alongside a group of international bioindustry trade associations submitted comments to the United States Patent and Trademark Office regarding their March 4, 2014 Guidance on patent subject matter eligibility. Representing associations from Japan, Australia, Canada, the UK, Germany, Spain, Portugal Belgium, the Netherlands and others, the comments reflect a deep concern among the international community regarding how the PTO is interpreting the Supreme Court’s recent decisions in Mayo v. Prometheus and Read More >

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Five Countries, One Goal: Collaboration with Global Impact in the Life Sciences Industry


During the 2013 BIO International Convention, the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) and regions from four other countries launched the new International Collaborative Industry Program (ICIP). The MLSC will partner with Victoria, Australia; the Wallonia region of Belgium; Quebec, Canada; and Alsace in France to award funding to projects promoting innovative and collaborative research and development (R&D) between companies in Massachusetts and in the partnering regions. The program’s goal is to develop long-term collaborations to advance late-stage R&D projects in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical Read More >

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Gene Patents: Common Sense from Down Under

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Oh, crikey! The U.S. Supreme Court is currently reviewing briefs to consider whether preparations of DNA molecules are patentable. Possibly unnoticed to the Justices is a recent decision from the Federal Court of Australia confirming the patentability of ‘isolated’ DNA. The Supreme Court may not take any notice of this Australian case, but those following so-called gene patents can learn a lot from the no-nonsense approach of Aussie patent law. The Australian case focuses its Read More >

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Australian Senate Committee Recommends Against Banning ‘Gene Patents’

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The Australian Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee recommended against the Patent Amendment (Human Genes and Biological Materials) which would have banned DNA patents in Australia.  The push by members of the Australian Senate seemed to mirror efforts in the United States surrounding the Myriad case. The Committee found that: “While previous inquiries and public discussions have focused on the patenting of human genes, the Bill goes further and proposes a specific exclusion for biological materials which Read More >

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