Guest post: Reforming the patent system to better promote innovation

November 16, 2012 | Posted by Guest in Research |

This is a guest post by Llewellyn Cox, Program Administrator for Research at the USC School of Pharmacy, and Founder of Research2.0. (full bio below).

One of the biggest barriers to market entry for a startup business, whether it is in biotech, software, or any other innovative industry, is dealing with the thorny issues of intellectual property (IP); securing licenses, negotiating with rights holders, and submitting and defending patents are expensive and time consuming activities that can undermine a startup’s financial position and create delays in getting critical early products to the market.

Why is this so? Robust protections for inventors have been recognized for centuries in Western economies, even so far as to be detailed in Article I of the original, unamended United States Constitution as a key responsibility of the newly-created Congress. However, the US patent system in the early 21st century is widely regarded as arcane and confusing, producing a considerable barrier to the commercialization of research discoveries, especially for entrepreneurial academic and independent scientists that may not benefit from the support of large, institutional tech transfer offices.

The enemy of reform is inertia, and this status quo is compounded by contradictory issues facing two of the most active areas of patent litigation: biotech and info tech. Read the rest of this entry »

Science Exchange facilities acknowledged in scientific paper

November 6, 2012 | Posted by Dan in Research, Science Exchange News |

We created Science Exchange to help match researchers in need of expertise with those scientists who could provide it. That’s why its exciting to see the first paper acknowledging Science Exchange and those core facilities who provided expert services in a recent breast cancer study.

A New Mouse Model for the Study of Human Breast Cancer Metastasis“, which was published in the open-access peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE, features the work done between labs at the University of Miami and core facilities on the Science Exchange network.

In the methods section of the paper, the authors referenced their use, via Science Exchange, of the Histopathology and Tissue Shared Resource at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Applied Genomics Technology Center at Wayne State University. Highlighted quotes from the paper are shown below.

Pathology processing and staining of harvested mouse tissues was performed at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer via Science Exchange, Inc.

Microarray experiments and analyses of datasets were performed at Wayne State via Science Exchange, Inc.

We hope this is the first of many 🙂

–Dan

 

Core Research Facilities Offer Help to Scientists Affected by Hurricane Sandy

November 5, 2012 | Posted by Team in Company, Science Exchange News |

Science Exchange waives transaction fees to enable scientists to recoup losses and continue

Palo Alto, CA – November 5, 2012 – Core research facilities on the Science Exchange network announced today their support for those researchers affected by Hurricane Sandy.

With the hurricane affecting thousands of researchers across the Greater New York area, losing valuable enzymes, constructs, and experimental mice, the need for greater access to resources has become a concern. Core facilities, which provide specialist scientific services ranging from DNA sequencing to transgenic mouse development, have accordingly increased access to their shared resources and equipment for external use by those researchers affected.

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Helping Researchers Affected by Hurricane Sandy

November 1, 2012 | Posted by Elizabeth in Company, Science Exchange News |

Hurricane Sandy has not only affected millions of lives, but has had a tragic impact on the work of scientists and researchers in the North East.

Power outages, flooding, and loss of storage has affected years of work in antibodies, enzymes, constructs, and other research material. And yesterday we learned that thousands of experimental mice were lost due to flooding at the New York University Hospital. As a former breast cancer biologist, it is heartbreaking to hear of the loss suffered by researchers in the affected areas.

To help assist wherever we can, Science Exchange will be waiving all our fees till the end of this year for anyone whose research has been affected by the hurricane. We hope this will help affected researchers, whose own institutions may be either closed or at capacity, to continue their research by accessing expert providers from our network of 300 institutions across the country.

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