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New Bill Calls for No WTO-Plus Benefits for Countries that Violate IP

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A new Bill in the U.S. House of Representatives seeks to remove WTO-plus trade benefits the United States provides to countries that disrespect intellectual property rights.  On September 20, 2013, Representative Terry introduced the “Playing Fair on Trade and Innovation Act.”  The Bill would deem countries ineligible for the Generalized System of Preferences program (GSP) if that country “fails to provide adequate and effective protection for intellectual property rights” or “maintains local content requirements…”  GSP Read More >

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JOBS Act Deconstructed: Regulatory Relief

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More than 40 biotech companies have gone public using provisions made available to emerging growth companies through the JOBS Act. BIOtechNOW’s JOBS Act Deconstructed series will explore why it has had such an impact on biotech offerings and how emerging companies can leverage the new law to their best advantage. The JOBS Act marks a key departure from the previous one-size-fits-all regulatory approach for companies conducting a public offering.  Emerging growth companies (EGCs) are now subject Read More >

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JOBS Act Deconstructed: Regulation D

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More than 40 biotech companies have gone public using provisions made available to emerging growth companies through the JOBS Act.  BIOtechNOW’s JOBS Act Deconstructed series will explore why it has had such an impact on biotech offerings and how emerging companies can leverage the new law to their best advantage.  Since the JOBS Act passed, attention has focused mostly on the law’s effects on the IPO market.  This is largely because the IPO On-Ramp was the Read More >

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JOBS Act Provides Innovators with Capital Boost

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Despite all the talk of gridlock and polarization in Washington these days, successful, bipartisan pieces of legislation are not a thing of the past. One of them is the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, which makes it easier for emerging growth companies to raise capital by going public. The JOBS Act provides qualifying companies with a five year “on-ramp” period to comply with some of the regulatory requirements involved when making the transition from Read More >

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State Legislation Needed For Substitution of Interchangeable Biologics

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A great deal of the media coverage relating to California’s Senate Bill 598  neglects to mention a key issue in the biosimilars debate. This bill – or legislation similar to it – is essential to allow for the eventual substitution of interchangeable biologic therapies in the state of California. State laws governing prescription drug substitution were written before the advent of biosimilars and do not take the complexity of biologics into account. California, along with Read More >

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