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Roadblocks and Red Tape Block Search for Cures

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Since its passage more than two years ago, the JOBS Act has spurred more than 110 biotech IPOs. And now the SEC is in the process of finalizing another important piece of the law that could further encourage biotech capital formation. The JOBS Act directs the SEC to raise the offering ceiling under Regulation A – a securities law exemption that allows companies to raise public capital with a reduced reporting burden – from $5 Read More >

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PTO Patent Examinations in the wake of Mayo and Myriad

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Biotech patent applicants are finding themselves in uncharted waters.   After the Supreme Court’s decisions in Mayo Collaborative Svs. v. Prometheus Labs and Ass’n for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, companies have been trying to understand how these decisions will impact the industry. A recent study supported by BIO, in collaboration with Bloomberg BNA and the law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi analyzed how Mayo and Myriad have changed patent eligibility for biotechnology. Read More >

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Biotech CEOs Speak Out on JOBS Act Success

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Enacted in April 2012, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act makes the pathway to capital formation more attainable for small biotechnology companies, clearing the way for American innovation and ingenuity by removing bureaucratic hurdles and red tape to speed cures and medical breakthroughs to patients. The JOBS Act reached a major milestone last week, with the 100th company going public under its provisions. On October 7th at the 13th Annual BIO Investor Forum, we Read More >

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Partners for Healthy Dialogues: Letter to CMS

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BIO, a member of Partners for Healthy Dialogues (P4HD), joined 25 medical societies and manufacturers in a letter to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services highlighting both their shared commitment to sunshine and the importance of context in the upcoming data release.  As BIO CEO Jim Greenwood said in a Q&A with P4HD: “We believe that part of CMS’s public service function in this area should be to help improve the public’s understanding of the need for Read More >

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BioCentury TV This Week: 340B Drug Discount Program Needs More Oversight

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BIO’s Laurel Todd shared concerns that the 340B program has departed significantly from its original intent, leading to evidence of abuse and potentially harmful consequences for patients. “The original intent of 340B was to support the most vulnerable patients; clearly that is not the focus for many of the participants in the program now,” said Todd. Todd pointed to three primary reasons the program needs more oversight: Exponential growth, significant violations revealed in audits, and Read More >

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