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India Compulsory License: A Times of India Article Says It’s Not Helping the Poor

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India recently issued a compulsory license on Bayer’s liver and kidney cancer drug (Sorafenib) with the stated goal of providing access to India’s poor. However, the Times of India recently ran the article Cheap generics drugs no panacea for India’s poorest, quickly dispelling this myth: “The compulsory license system might not really work because poor people cannot even afford the discounted price,” said G. Balachandhran, former head of the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), India’s drug Read More >

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Meet 2011′s Buzz of BIO Winner, Amrita Therapeutics

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2011 Buzz of BIO Health Winner Amrita Therapeutics is a bio-pharma discovery company based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, pursuing the development of novel, multiple disease targeting therapies for cancer. Last year, they won the Buzz of BIO Contest for the 2011 BIO International Convention, where industry executives and leaders voted on their favorite biotech companies. BIO recently spoke with Susan Finston, the CEO of Amrita Therapeutics, to get their thoughts on the contest, last year’s BIO Read More >

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Patent “Ever-Greening”: Novartis Confronts Patent Myth in India

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India’s ‘increased efficacy’ patentability requirement for medicines prevents an improved form of a known drug from receiving a patent unless the new form is significantly more effective than the previously-known form. This provision aims to accomplish one task: stop patent “ever-greening.”  This issue has risen to prominence lately as the New York Times reports on the Novartis suit challenging patent ever-greening requirements in India’s Supreme Court. So what is patent ever-greening?  Opponents claim that corporations Read More >

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BioWorld previews BIO India: India Emerges as Global Player via Multinational Partnering

BioWorld’s Tom Wall interviewed BIO’s Alan Eisenberg (subscription required) on what attendees can expect at this week’s BIO India International Partnering Conference. Interest in India has been strong and attendance at the conference is expected to surpass last year’s event. The population forecasted to grow in the coming years, combined with significant disease burden is a draw for many companies seeking business development and partnering opportunities. BIO India will feature keynote speakers Glenn Saldanha, Chairman Read More >

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Fall Preview: Business Development Events

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Now that the Business Forum and International Convention are behind us, our Business Development department has been gearing up for a very busy Fall schedule.   The Line-Up For our first Fall event, BIO returns to India for its 2nd annual BIO India International Partnering Conference September 21st and 22nd.  Last year’s conference attracted more than 400 attendees representing 220 companies, from 17 countries around the world, – who scheduled over 750 meetings.  We’ve had Read More >

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