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Consolidated Appropriations Act Provides for Public Access to Federal Research

Last month, President Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, which makes consolidated appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014. One provision of the 639-page Act, which can be found in...more

Cuomo Announces State Investment of $225 Million Toward the Buffalo High-Tech Manufacturing Innovation Hub

On November 21, 2013, Governor Cuomo announced the state’s commitment of $225 million toward the creation of a clean energy research campus in Buffalo, New York. Referred to as the RiverBend project, the campus is slated for...more

A Reply to the New England Journal of Medicine

In its August 29, 2013 edition, the New England Journal of Medicine saw fit to print two "perspective" pieces attacking the Bayh-Dole Act. The primary article is by Dr. Howard Markel entitled "Patents, Profits, and the...more

Paying for Family Vacations With NIH Funds Triggers FCA Lawsuit and Settlement

Northwestern University will pay $2.93 million to settle a federal False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit brought by a former employee who alleged Northwestern allowed a researcher to submit false claims under certain cancer research...more

Here Come the Feds

What President Obama’s second term means for the tech industry - As the first president to appoint a chief technology officer, President Obama has worked hard to portray himself as a friend to the tech industry. He’s...more

Update Your Compliance Programs to Address Increased Federal Scrutiny of Academic Research and Grant Funding

The federal government has stepped-up its enforcement efforts in the areas of academic research and grant funding. Just this week, Northwestern University agreed to pay $2.93 million to settle a federal whistleblower suit...more

General Assembly Calls For More Studies On Charter Schools

At the close of the last legislative session, the General Assembly passed two legislative actions calling for the development of new studies on charter schools. ...more

CIS Legal Update - May 2013: Developing Russia’s Military-Industrial Complex

On October 16, 2012 the President of the Russian Federation signed a federal law establishing the Advanced Research Foundation (“ARF”) , a specialized legal entity that will be responsible for research and development in the...more

Capital Infusion - May 2013: Dealmaker’s Corner

In this issue’s installment of “Dealmaker’s Corner,” Jon Finger, a partner in our private equity group, had the opportunity to visit with Kyle Bradford, Managing Director with American Capital, Ltd., concerning the...more

Working Toward Fewer Medical Mistakes

A new study suggests limiting the work hours of resident physicians does not lead to patient death. In fact, mortality declined during the study period even though patients may have received fewer hours of care....more

White House Unveils BRAIN Initiative

Last week, President Obama announced a new research initiative designed to advance our understanding of the human brain. It is hoped that the new initiative, dubbed the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative...more

Budget Briefing 2013

The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, tabled Budget 2013 today. In his Budget Speech, the Minister lauded Canada’s economic strength and achievements over the last seven years, while acknowledging that there are...more

GEN Compiles List of Top Biopharma R&D Spenders

Earlier this month, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News published its list of the top 20 best-selling prescription drugs worldwide for 2012 (see "GEN Compiles List of Top Selling Drugs for 2012"). The biotech...more

Research-Related Payments and the Physician Payment Sunshine Act: How Reporting Works and What Applicable Manufacturers Should...

On February 1, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published long-awaited rules (the "Rules") detailing manufacturers' and group purchasing organizations' reporting requirements under Section 6002 of the...more

Legislation Introduced to Develop Public Access Policies for Federal Research

Last month, companion bills were introduced in the House and Senate that would require Federal agencies to develop public access policies relating to research conducted by employees of the agency or using funds administered...more

The Sunshine Act Final Rule: CMS Sheds Light on Reporting Physician and Teaching Hospital Payments

On February 1, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule implementing the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (the “Act”). The Act requires certain manufacturers of covered drugs, devices, and...more

Supreme Court Will Not Hear Stem Cell Funding Petition

..The on again, off again nature of federal funding for human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research has created a great deal of uncertainty for academic scientists, major research medical centers, venture capital investors,...more

Supreme Court Denies Certiorari in Stem Cell Funding Case

In an order issued earlier today, the Supreme Court denied certiorari in Sherley v. Sebelius, ending the efforts by two adult stem cell researchers to prevent the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from funding research...more

Funding Said Top Medical Research Area In 2013; Common Rule, COI Also Make List

Originally published in Medical Research Law & Policy Report, 12 MRLR 4, 01/02/2013. Regardless of what happens with the fiscal cliff negotiations in Congress and the Obama administration, research funding will...more

Conflict of Interest in Research Regulations: Is Your Institution Compliant with the New Rules?

Although the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the final conflict of interest rule last year, many entities conducting research that is funded under Public Health Service (PHS) grants, cooperative...more

Nanotechnology: “What About the Next 60 Years?” (OSTP/PCAST Report)

PCAST recently submitted a very interesting, readable, and searchable report to the OSTP on federal policy for the future of basic research funding and commercialization (124 page pdf). Nanotechnology was mentioned on page 22...more

Ownership of Inventions Funded with Federal Research Grants

The FY-2012 National Defense Authorization Act reauthorized the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs through 2017. Administered by the U.S. Small Business...more

Congress Directs Changes in SBIR Program to Make Venture Capital Investment in SBIR Firms More Attractive; Proposed Rules Due in...

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program reserves a portion of federal agency extramural research and development (R&D) funding for small business. The program, having survived for five years on a series of...more

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