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Additional Funding Available for SBIR/STTR Awardees at the State Level

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Congress created the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs in 1982 and 1992, respectively. These programs require certain government agencies to set aside a...more

FDA Announces Plans to Improve Safety and Advance Innovation of Medical Devices

by Reed Smith on

On April 17, 2018, FDA announced its plan to launch the Medical Device Safety Action Plan: Protecting Patients, Promoting Public Health (Action Plan), which aims to support and advance innovation in medical devices while also...more

China Announces New Initiatives to Level the Playing Field for Innovative and Generic Drugs

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

China’s Government will launch several incentives to enhance accessibility of innovative drugs, especially imported oncology drugs. The State Council, China’s cabinet, has decided not to apply any tariff on imported drugs,...more

Patent Office Director Pledges Improvements to U.S. Patents

In a speech this week to the US Chamber of Commerce, the newly appointed head of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Andrei Iancu, expressed his concern over the current state of the U.S. patent system, and pledged to make...more

Innovation in Compliance Episode 5: The Future of Disrupting Risk with Dan Torpey

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Dan Torpey is a forensic accountant CPA and former auditor with over 30 years of public accounting experience. He’s a partner at Ernst & Young and the US leader of EY’s Investigation and Compliance services. With all those...more

Fintech Sandboxes – Update on State Approaches

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Arizona’s Fintech Sandbox - Last month Arizona became the first U.S. state to enact a law allowing for the establishment of a fintech regulatory sandbox program (H.B. 2434) to facilitate the growth of innovative financial...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - April 2018 #2

U.S. Agencies Agree to Slash Approval Times for Infrastructure Projects - "More than a dozen federal agencies agreed to slash the time needed for environmental reviews and permitting on major infrastructure projects, a...more

What’s Next?: Drones and transforming policy at GE

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In this episode, Hogan Lovells Partner and Chair of our Unmanned Aircraft Systems group, Lisa Ellman, speaks with Michael Fitzpatrick, head of Regulatory Advocacy at GE, about drones and other innovative technologies that are...more

2018 Antitrust Annual Report

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Global law firm Shearman & Sterling publishes its sixth annual Antitrust Annual Report today. The 2018 Report discerns two key trends – a global resurgence of controls on foreign direct investment and the focus on ‘fairness’...more

Arizona Jumps Ahead of Other States In Financial Innovation

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The dual banking system in the United States has been criticized because it is cumbersome and often results in more than one financial regulator having oversight over a bank or thrift. The virtue of the dual banking system,...more

UK Government Publishes the Digital Charter and Reaffirms Creation of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation

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Earlier this year the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport published its new Digital Charter. This short document outlines a UK rolling programme of work designed to make the UK a friendly environment to start-up...more

Life sciences and health care horizons - March 2018

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Innovation in the life sciences and health care industries is occurring at a dizzying pace. Five years ago, anti-PD-1 antibodies from Merck and BMS had yet to be approved, CAR-T therapies were still in small-scale clinical...more

The Bipartisan Budget Act – Greater Access, Innovation, and Technology in the Administration of Medicare Advantage Plans - Part I

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Prior to adjourning for spring recess, Congress passed and the President signed into law on March 23, 2018, omnibus appropriations legislation that funds the government for the remainder of the fiscal year – through September...more

Better Healthcare Newsletter from Patrick Malone - April 2018

The latest medical news can be dizzying: Medical scientists regularly push new bounds by, for example, targeting cancer treatments based on individual patient genetics. Doctors are applying supercomputing, artificial...more

The Evolution Of The Female Inventor

As Women’s History Month draws to a close, let’s take a moment to celebrate some of the impressive innovations of female inventors and take a closer look at the evolution of the female inventor over the past 150...more

Celebrating Women Inventors

As Women’s History Month draws to a close, let’s take a minute and celebrate the contributions of some female inventors and what led to those innovations....more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

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Charities- New York Attorney General Reaches Settlement with Telemarketing Company to Resolve Allegations of Fraudulent Charitable Solicitations- New York AG Eric Schneiderman announced a settlement with telemarketing...more

Technology Isn't Making Legal Decisions - LeftFoot Podcast with Lucy Bassli of LawGeex

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Law Firms Are Poised to Offer Broad Solutions Lucy Bassli’s new adventure allows her to have a broad impact on the legal industry. Through her work at LawGeex and the organization she founded, InnoLegal Services, she...more

Raised stakes: DOJ remarks highlight

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Innovation is "a key feature in the discussion of antitrust enforcement," and "the stakes could not be greater in deciding whether . . . [to] enforce antitrust laws to promote innovation," according to Deputy Assistant...more

Connected medical device vulnerabilities continue to impact manufacturers, health care

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Recently, Thompson Coburn’s Life Sciences Decoded blog described several FDA initiatives to increase the safety and reliability of the emerging connected device market and discussed data privacy as it pertains to medical...more

Arizona Becomes First State in U.S. to Offer Fintech Regulatory Sandbox

On March 23, 2018, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed House Bill 2434 into law, which makes Arizona the first state in the United States to enact a fintech regulatory “sandbox.” The bill was sponsored by Representative Jeff...more

Patent Proposals in Congress

Since the creation of patent reviews at the Patent Office Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) by the America Invents Act of 2011, a very high percentage of reviewed patents have been declared invalid. Now, a bill has been...more

BIO Accepting Nominations For Annual Rosalind Franklin Award

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On March 13, 2018, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), a member of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), announced that nominations for the fifth annual Rosalind Franklin Award for...more

Roads of the Future Today

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Across the nation, companies from Waymo and Uber to General Motors, Ford and Audi are putting self-driving vehicles to real-world road tests – with more than 40 companies testing on California roads alone. Originally...more

Bayer/Monsanto: European Commission Continues Its Trend of More Aggressive Divestments to Address Innovation Concerns

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Commission has routinely considered potential harm to innovation as part of its merger assessments, particularly in R&D driven sectors such as pharmaceuticals and technology. In recent years, however, the...more

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