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National Bioeconomy Blueprint

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Today, the White House released its National Bioeconomy Blueprint.  The Blueprint defines the bioeconomy as, “economic activity that is fueled by research and innovation in the biological sciences” and identifies the bioeconomy as a priority for the Obama Administration. BIO provided input and submitted ideas to the Administration after it announced the development of the Blueprint last Fall. While the Administration has largely been focused on advancing innovation in areas such as electronic devices, social 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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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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Biomedical Innovation: How the U.S. Can Stay Number One

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By Ross DeVol, chief research officer of the Milken Institute “The first step in winning the future is encouraging American innovation,” declared President Obama in his last State of the Union speech. A logical place to start is making sure that where we hold a lead, we keep it. Today, the U.S. has such a lead in biomedical innovation — the process of transforming scientific discoveries into vaccines, diagnostics, devices and therapies that improve and Read More >

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Biotech Remains Strong in Florida

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Florida has always attracted visionaries – from Walt Disney to Kennedy Space Center. The ambition of great men helped transform inhospitable swamps into engines of the economy. However, with no income tax, and a large retiree population, Florida’s revenue long depended on booming tourism and the sales tax revenue it brought in. In the 1990’s, Florida’s leaders began to change that. Enterprise Florida was born. This public/private partnership was designed to identify and provide incentives Read More >

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