Archive for June, 2012

Mayo “nays”: The Supreme Court says no to patenting laws of nature

On March 20, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Mayo Collaborative Services, et al v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc (“Mayo”) and ended an eight-year legal battle over patents covering processes for determining patient-specific …


Are laboratory notebooks necessary in a first inventor to file world?

The importance of laboratory notebooks was long touted in the US to prove a date of invention. With the dawning of a first-to-file era in the US, the importance of laboratory notebooks has been questioned. A perspective on the importance of laboratory …


Biomarketing strategy and tactics 101 PART II of III

The American Marketing Association defines marketing as the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large. According…


Disaster Planning for Biotechnology Companies

An earthquake in Japan cuts off the supply of key equipment and/or pharmaceutical ingredients to a biotechnology company with facilities in the U.S.  High winds and flooding from a hurricane along the East coast—home to a notable number of biotechno…


A general model for training the next generation of Biotechnology entrepreneurs based on recent experience of USA-UK-South Africa collaborations

Preparing students for future entrepreneurial activity in the biotechnology industry is an important issue in many parts of the world because most countries seek to reap the benefits of investments in university-based teaching and research through the …


Creating systemic oral transmucosal drug delivery strategies: Case study of APL-130277

This article addresses the strategic application of systemic oral transmucosal* (i.e., sublingual and buccal) drug delivery. Circumvention of first-pass hepatic metabolism in the gut, rapid onset of action, easy access via the oral cavity, easy adminis…


Innovative biotechnology industry strategies in the U.S.’ rapidly evolving payer environment

In 2010 healthcare represented 17.9% of GDP; its cost is growing significantly faster (~5%) than economic growth (~ 2%).  This growth presents a challenge to all payers, whether they are governments, employers, or individuals.  Within healthcare, one…


What do hospital labs really need to streamline diagnostic testing: Apple vs. Microsoft environment?

Molecular diagnostic (MDx) tests are now commonplace in virtually every hospital and pathology laboratory, however many questions have arisen, such as “What do diagnostic laboratories require from the MDx revolution in order to better improve patient…