At its best, government enables citizens to flourish socially and economically. Above and beyond the basic services we all expect, responsible governments empower citizens to provide for themselves in a rapidly evolving world.
Through Senator Birch Bayh’s long career of public service, he led a number of social and economic achievements that did just that.
As a champion of America’s intellectual property system, Senator Bayh partnered with another luminary Senator at the opposite end of the political spectrum, Senator Bob Dole, to sponsor one of the most important legislative achievements in America over the past half century. The Bayh-Dole Act in no uncertain terms has made the world a better place.
This fact cannot be understated: The ability to commercialize inventions under the provisions of the Bayh-Dole Act and the protections of the U.S. patent system are key reasons why the United States leads the world in capitalizing on the promise of biotechnology to feed a hungry world, protect the environment, and create breakthrough cures and treatments for so many deadly and debilitating diseases.
Thank you Senator Bayh and happy 91st birthday!