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Human Genome News, January-March 1996; 7(5)
Conference Examines Biotechnological InnovationA conference on Promoting and Managing Genome Innovation was presented at the Franklin Pierce Law Center (FPLC) in Concord, New Hampshire, on October 13-14, 1995. It was organized by Thomas Field (FPLC) and Gianna Julian-Arnold (formerly of Nixon, Hargrave, Devans, and Doyle) and funded in part by the Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues component of the DOE Human Genome Program.
This conference, building upon the July 1993 conference on Maximizing the Return from Genome Research, [HGN 5(6), 6 (March 1994)], examined relationships among regulation, risk, reward, and innovation in the field of biotechnology. Presentation topics included societal issues raised through the application of genomic research; the role of intellectual property in promoting research and development; the interaction and effects of rules and regulations relating to pre- and postmarket testing of biotechnological innovations; and the intersection of patent law and U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulation. Case studies furthering these discussions related to vaccine development, bioremediation, and databases of genome sequence information. The full program, listing speakers and their topics, is available on the FPLC Web site (url no longer available).
A future issue of Risk: Health Safety & Environment will be devoted to papers from this conference. [Contact: Carol Ruh; Risk; Franklin Pierce Law Center; 2 White Street; Concord, NH 03301 (603/228-1541, Fax: /224-3342, firstname.lastname@example.org)]
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