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Bill Gates is Right


In a recent Bloomberg interview, Microsoft founder and noted philanthropist Bill Gates debunked much of the recent criticism of the biopharmaceutical industry and the drug pricing system in the United States, stating: “The current system is better than most other systems one can imagine … The drug companies are turning out miracles, and we need their R&D budgets to stay strong. They need to see the opportunity.” Gates also praised the innovations that are coming Read More >

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Wheat Scientists at Borlaug Dialogues Call for More Research on the Crop


Dr. Norman Borlaug was an American biologist, humanitarian and Nobel laureate who has been called “the father of the Green Revolution,” “agriculture’s greatest spokesperson”and “The Man Who Saved A Billion Lives”. He is known for his work on solving a series of wheat production problems that were limiting wheat cultivation in Mexico. The work in Mexico not only had a profound impact on agricultural production in Mexico but in many parts of the world as well. In 1970 Norman E. Borlaug Read More >

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BIOtech NOW: The Role of Intellectual Property in Global Health

The Role of Intellectual Property in Global Health BIO is committed to increase access to biologic medicines for patients throughout the world.  As BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood said last year when announcing our policy statement on Options for Increasing Access to Medicines in the Developing World, “We believe that the goals of increasing access to medicines, respecting intellectual property rights, and maintaining commercial viability are mutually supportive.” While there are frequent misguided calls Read More >

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Biotech, Gates Foundation, and Global Health

Great interview by Gene Quinn with Erik Iverson, Associate General Counsel with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  A summary article is on BIOtech Now and the full interview can be found on IPWatchdog.com.  Highlights: Iverson told me in no uncertain terms, “[A] fundamental premise at the foundation is that we absolutely respect intellectual property rights.  We recognize their importance and we certainly recognize the importance of companies and their involvement in developing products and having Read More >

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