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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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Debunking the Myth: ‘Gene Patents’ are not necessary for healthcare innovation.

Myth: ‘Gene Patents’ are not necessary for health care innovation. Facts: Patents on DNA preparations or sequences are often the first patents upon which a later technology platform or portfolio is built.  These patents are often in-licensed from universities by small start-up companies for the purpose of additional R&D, evidencing that the public/non-profit university sector cannot bear alone the cost of development of these inventions into useful products. It is precisely these types of early-stage companies Read More >

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