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2012: A Critical Year for Biotechnology

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In 2012, we must continue to look for ways to reduce risk; enhance reward; reduce uncertainty; and reinforce the position of the industry as a major contributor resolving society’s most pressing needs. Policies to encourage investment in innovation and to speed discovery to scientific breakthroughs simply must be the priority in 2012. The industry relies on a policy and regulatory environment that encourages innovation for much needed treatments and cures for some of the most Read More >

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Foundation Fighting Blindness Invests in Gene Therapy Research Projects

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Recently, the Foundation Fighting Blindness announced an $8.25 million investment in six new gene therapy research projects targeted to have treatments ready for clinical trials within three years. The projects include the following: The Institut de la Vision in Paris and the Friedrich Miescher Institute in Basel, Switzerland, are developing a gene therapy that may revive degenerating cones and potentially enable them to regain their ability to respond to light and provide vision. The treatment Read More >

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Scientists oppose European stem cell patent ban

 Great article about leading stem cell scientists stating that the ECJ Advocate’s recommendation to ban stem cell patents will block development of stem cell-based therapeutics in Europe.  Here are the highlights from the article: Scientists oppose European stem cell patent ban By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent LONDON | Wed Apr 27, 2011 1:05pm EDT LONDON (Reuters) – Research scientists hit out on Wednesday at a European Court of Justice (ECJ) case they say could block development of embryonic Read More >

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BIO submits comments on Australian Senate Patent Amendment

The Australian Senate has proposed the Patent Amendment (Human Genes and Biological Materials) Bill 2010 that aims to ban ‘gene patents’.  From the BIO Submission to Australian Senate Legal Committee on Patent Amendment: This amendment would exclude from patent protection “any” biological material, whether a human gene or otherwise, that is substantially identical to a naturally-occuring biological material.  Specifically, the amendment states that the following materials would be catergorically declared unpatentable:             “biological materials including their components Read More >

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