Biotechnology News

March 23, 2012 at 11:13 am Leave a comment

America’s Supreme Court wallops the biotech industry
Mar 24th 2012 | NEW YORK | from the print edition

Important news for our sector out of the US.

..PATENTS are supposed to encourage innovation, not stifle it. On March 20th America’s Supreme Court threw out two medical patents for doing the latter. The ruling in Mayo v Prometheus was unequivocal. So was the horrified reaction from the biotechnology industry.

Prometheus is the most important case to date for biotech’s most important new effort. “Personalised medicine” promises new treatments and much-needed new revenue. Different patients are predisposed to certain diseases and certain remedies. If firms understand these predispositions, they can offer diagnostic tests and targeted treatments. Not surprisingly, companies have sought patents for many tests. The Supreme Court may have made some of these patents worthless.

For More CLINK:

What impact will this decision have on the Canadian Biotechnology sector?

Entry filed under: Biotechnology News. Tags: , , , , , .

The Health File: Great ideas for lunch next week Interesting Tweets from our Biotechnologist2.0 Community

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


Bio-Rad Canada has sponsored the development of this site to advance the productivity of the Canadian Biotechnology sector and the fine people who work in it across the country.  We invite readers to contribute content: posters, tools, research and presentations, articles white papers, multimedia, music downloads and entertainment, conference announcements, videos. Please contact for more information.

Bookmark and Share

Site developed by What If What Next(TM)

Follow us on Twitter

%d bloggers like this: