Tuesday, August 23, 2005

IP Report Released for California Stem Cell Agency

Later this afternoon we will have a longer look but here is the first cut on the just-released report on intellectual property and the California stem cell agency.

The California Council on Science and Technology said that CIRM should "develop a set of policies consistent with the federal Bayh-Dole Act to manage patents and other intellectual property (IP) resulting from California's burgeoning stem cell research program."

It also warned that the state and patients should lower their expectations either for quick bucks or quick cures. Therapies from stem cell research could be 10 or 20 years out.

"The study group urged CIRM and the state to proceed with caution and not set overly prescriptive policies for IP," the CCST press release said.

"The report emphasized balancing the state's interest in receiving benefits from its investment in research with the need to bring actual therapies to market through workable IP agreements. The study group encouraged timely publication of research results to maximize public benefit from the project. Making research tools developed with CIRM funding largely available to other scientists is critical, the study concluded.

"'Progress in stem cell research, like other research, will depend on researchers' ability to access and use information in the public domain and to combine public and proprietary data into new databases as well as to re-evaluate and reuse existing data,'" the CCST press release said.

Here are links to the press release and the full report.

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