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Let’s Get PDUFA V Approved, Fast

Marc Boutin

By Marc Boutin, JD, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, National Health Council At this time of the year, it can be helpful to reflect on the past to guide us in the future. I was recently reading an editorial about the National Health Council (NHC) printed in January 1957 – 37 years after the organization’s creation. It spoke about the need for action with “an unprecedented degree of cooperation among health agencies and Read More >

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BIO Supports SBIR Reauthorization in Senate

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Last week, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 1867), which included SBIR reauthorization through Senate Amendment 1115. This is a critical step toward ensuring that all innovative companies can compete for SBIR grants – based on the promise of their science rather than the structure of their capital.  Reauthorizing the program to allow small companies that receive the majority of their financing from venture capital to once again be eligible to compete Read More >

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Coalition Urges Enactment of Patent Reform Legislation to Drive Job Growth and Innovation

Coalition Urges Enactment of Patent Reform Legislation to Drive Job Growth and Innovation (March 24, 2011) BIO joined with 97 other manufacturers, scientists, researchers, academic institutions, and businesses to urge the U.S. House of Representatives to enact patent reform into law in order to strengthen our country’s patent system which will help get breakthrough products to market faster, maximizing our opportunities for job growth. Read the letter (120 KB PDF)

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U.S. Inter-Agency Group takes on Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals

The Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator released an Inter-Agency report partnering with the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Departments of Justice, State, and Commerce and USAID. The report highlights the Administration’s efforts to combat counterfeit pharmaceuticals listing various Department initiatives and in some cases providing actual budget numbers (State Department budgets $1.3 million in 2011 to combat counterfeit pharmaceuticals).  Finally, the report Read More >

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US Rep. Herseth-Sandlin (D-SD) Questioning Big Oil (ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP, ConocoPhillips, Shell)

Don’t miss US Rep. Herseth-Sandlin (D-SD) questioning big oil companies:  ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP, ConocoPhillips, and Shell [youtube=http://youtube.com/watch?v=ja8OD7zg-Ig]

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