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Brazilian Innovation: A Patent Success

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The story of Acheflan highlights the role of patents in homegrown innovation in developing countries.  Professor Michael Ryan of George Washington University Law School reviewed several case studies (including Acheflan) in Brazil that highlight the differences in biomedical innovation both pre- and post-intellectual property reforms. In the early 1980’s, Ache Laboratorios Farmaceuticos (a Brazilian generics manufacturer) became aware of a plant that grew near coastal cities that local fishermen would mash into an oil rub Read More >

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ARPA-E Helps Early Stage Companies Commercialize Energy Innovations

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Q&A with ARPA-E Deputy Director for Commercialization Cheryl Martin Q: What is the mission of ARPA-E, and how do you work to further that mission? ARPA-E’s mission is to develop advanced energy technologies that can reduce U.S. energy consumption, emissions, and our reliance on foreign energy sources.  At the core, we are a technology funding agency, with a focus on next-generation, game-changing energy advances.  We award funding for research and development, with the goal of Read More >

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PEW Study: Advanced Biofuels Can Help Military Respond to Energy Challenges

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PEW Charitable Trusts this week launched a new study, From Barracks to the Battlefield: Clean Energy Innovation and America’s Armed Forces, that details how energy innovation and clean energy can help U.S. Armed Forces respond to energy challenges and in turn how DoD’s commitment to energy transformation can contribute to development of new energy technologies that will benefit American consumers and commercial interests alike. The major energy challenges the DOD faces include risks associated with 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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BIO Pacific Rim Summit: Status of Cellulosic Ethanol Commercialization

Qteros, ZeaChem and Verenium presented updates on their efforts to bring three unique cellulosic ethanol processes to commercial status. Qteros CTO Kevin Gray described how the company’s Q Microbe™ (Clostridium phytofermentans) enables a single step (consolidated bioprocessing) conversion and fermentation process for fuels. This approach can save as much as 40 percent in production costs. Qteros is currently scaling its technology up for a 100 liter laboratory bioreactor. ZeaChem President and CEO Jim Imbler outlined Read More >

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