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Synthetic Biology: The Sword in the Stone to Defeat Devastating Diseases

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On July 17th, 2014 the House held a hearing titled: Subcommittee on Research and Technology Hearing – Policies to Spur Innovative Medical Breakthroughs from Laboratories to Patients Witnesses Dr. Harold Varmus, Director, National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) *(Really liked your DNA tie!) Dr. Marc Tessier-Lavigne, President and Carson Family Professor, Laboratory of Brain Development and Repair, The Rockefeller University Dr. Jay Keasling, Hubbard Howe Jr. Distinguished Professor of Biochemical Read More >

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The Real Reason Why Salk Refused to Patent the Polio Vaccine

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A guest writer in a recent article in the Wall Street Journal repeated the oft quoted Jonas Salk statement about his Polio vaccine: “There is no patent.  Could you patent the sun?”  Many use this statement as the moral impetus for refusing patents on medically important innovations (see Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story).  Unfortunately, Jonas Salk created a myth that day by leaving out several crucial details. As pointed out by Robert Cook-Deegan at Read More >

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Medical Innovation at Risk

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The National Venture Capital Association’s MedIC Coalition recently released a report showing U.S. venture capitalists are decreasing their investments in biopharmaceutical and medical device companies, reducing their concentration in prevalent disease areas and shifting investments towards Europe and Asia. The report, Vital Signs: The Threat to Investment in U.S. Medical Innovation and the Imperative of FDA Reform, strongly indicates that America’s medical innovation economy is in grave danger of losing its primary source of funding, Read More >

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Technology Transfer Symposium in San Francisco

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In the midst of turbulent economic times, and at a moment when the U.S. is looking to encourage technology job creation in the coming decade, an increasing number of public and private sector initiatives have been proposed to spur job creation. While the U.S. leads in the area of biotechnology, there is no guarantee that this competitive edge will continue.  Moreover, although the U.S. is more prolific in life science discoveries than any other single country in the Read More >

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