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The SEC’s opened an inquiry into Hampton Creek in response to a Bloomberg report that the Just Mayo maker used undercover contractors to purchase its non-egg mayonnaise product in bulk not long before HC raised $90 million...more

US Environmentalist And Organic Crop Farm Groups Want Overhaul Of Federal Biotechnology Strategy

On August 3, 2016, 24 farmer and public interest organizations wrote to the Obama Administration expressing their disappointment with the direction that the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has taken...more

Court Report - August 2016

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. v. Lee - 1:16-cv-00852; filed July 1, 2016 in the Eastern District of...more

Upcoming EC Event Will Focus On Bioeconomy And Biobased Products

Don't miss the upcoming European Commission (EC) Knowledge Exchange Platform (KEP) workshop "From bio-waste to bio-based products: the potential for regional innovation development."...more

Canadian Government Invests $12 Million In Sarnia-Lambton’s Bioeconomy

On July 25, 2016, the the Honorable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development and the Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario announced a $12...more

Maine Receives $7.7 Million To Spur Economic Development, Including Bioeconomy Growth

On July 29, 2016, the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Develop Administration (EDA) announced $4.4 million in grants to diversify and grow Maine's economy. This funding is intended to provide immediate assistance to...more

GSK and Verily Partnering to Form New Bioelectronic Medicine Firm

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced that it is partnering with Verily Life Sciences LLC to form Galvani Bioelectronics. According to the press release, GSK and Verily will contribute IP rights and an investment of $712.7 million...more

Safe Food Labeling Act — Less Label Clarity and Less Safety?

While Americans have been bombarded with news of Pokemon sightings, legislation concerning our food safety passed through the House, with barely a whisper from the mainstream media. The House of Representatives submitted...more

PTAB Denies Priority Claim, Has No Affinity for “Antibody Rule”

Addressing enablement and written description issues in the context of a priority challenge, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) found that the challenged claims were not entitled to the benefit of the parent...more

States’ Efforts for Drug Price Transparency Stymied by the Pharmaceutical Industry

As we previously reported, in 2015 and early 2016, bills and voter initiatives were introduced in several states that would impose drug pricing controls and transparency requirements on pharmaceutical manufacturers. Of...more

Med Device M&A Values Jump Nearly 50% in 1st Half of 2016

According to MergerMarket, the value of mergers and acquisitions in the medical device area jumped by nearly 50% to $74.5 billion in the first half of 2016 (H1 2016) compared with the first six months of 2015.  The 45.5%...more

PhRMA and BIO Take Off-Label Communication Into Their Own Hands with New Guidelines

Industry for years has sought clarity on off-label communications. Numerous meetings on the topic have taken place between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and industry, citizen petitions have been filed,...more

Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, And Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program Accepting App

On July 25, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice in the Federal Register soliciting applications for Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program (the Program)...more

Collegiate Biobased Network Provides Connections To Industry Leaders For Interested Students

The Collegiate Biobased Network (CBN), supported by the United Soybean Board, promotes educational and career connections in the biobased industry for college and university students....more

Court Report - July 2016 #2

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Genzyme Corp. et al. v. Zydus Pharmaceuticals (USA) Inc. 1:16-cv-00540; filed June 29, 2016 in the District Court of...more

Federal Circuit Holds Claims to Cell Freezing Methods to Be Patent-Eligible

On July 5, 2016, the Federal Circuit held that claims reciting methods for cryopreserving hepatocytes in U.S. Patent No. 7,604,929 ("the '929 patent") are eligible for patenting. The decision vacated a lower court's holding...more

DOE Releases 2016 Billion Ton-Report Assessing Bioenergy Feedstock Resources In The U.S.

Last week, DOE released the 2016 Billion-Ton Report: Advancing Domestic Resources for a Thriving Bioeconomy, Volume 1: Economic Availability of Feedstocks (BT16). Jonathan Male, Director of the Bioenergy Technologies Office...more

Cipla to Open Biotech Facility in South Africa

Cipla has announced that it is investing 1.3 billion South African Rand (approximately 91 million USD) to open a biotech plant in South Africa. According to Cipla’s press release, this will be South Africa’s first...more

Federal Circuit’s Application of Mayo Revives Biotech Patent

In Rapid Litig. Mgmt. Ltd v. CellzDirect, Inc., the Federal Circuit reversed a ruling of patent invalidity under Section 101, reviving a biotech patent to a method of preserving hepatocytes, liver cells, for medical use. The...more

Packing Your Patent Application for Europe: Avoiding Problems Under European Patent Law

Planning an extended European vacation for your patent application? A lengthy stay in Munich with possible outings to The Hague, Berlin, Vienna, or Brussels? While your patent application won’t be strolling through the...more

Court Report - July 2016

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Eli Lilly and Company et al. v. Apotex Inc. et al. 1:16-cv-00475; filed June 22, 2016 in the District Court of...more

Full Federal Circuit Curbs On Sale Bar's Threat to Patents

Biotech and pharmaceutical companies received critical guidance from the Federal Circuit yesterday, when the en banc court exempted a broad category of common manufacturing and supply arrangements from the reach of the patent...more

Federal Circuit Offers Path Through Section 101 Thicket for Biotech Method Patents

In its July 5, 2016 decision in Rapid Litigation Management Ltd and In Vitro, Inc. v. CellzDirect, Inc. and Invitrogen Corp., the Federal Circuit held that patent claims directed to an improved method of cryopreserving...more

Agenda Of Biotechnology For Clean Vehicles Session Released; Includes Synthetic Biotechnology, Advanced Biofuels, And Bioproducts

On June 22, 2016, DOE released the detailed agenda for the Biotechnology for Clean Vehicles: Harnessing Synthetic Biology To Enable Next-Generation Biomaterials And Biofuels session at the Sustainable Transportation Summit....more

Agreement Reached on Bipartisan Federal GMO Food Labeling Bill

Provides Practical, Mandatory Disclosure and Preempts State GMO Labeling Laws - Senate Agriculture Committee leaders reached agreement June 23, 2016, on a bill that would require food containing genetic material modified...more

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