Corporate Banner
Satellite Banner
Stem Cells, Cellular Therapy & Biobanking
>
Scientific Community
 
Become a Member | Sign in
Home>News>This Article
  News
Return

OBN Supports Stem Cell Patentability Consortium Letter

Published: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Last Updated: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Bookmark and Share
Letter calls for patentability of products derived from pluripotent stem cells.

Abingdon, UK - OBN, the membership organisation supporting and bringing together the UK's emerging life sciences companies, corporate partners and investors, announces its participation in the Stem Cell Patentability Consortium aimed at protecting the interests of life science companies working in the stem cell field.

Stem cell-based therapies hold much promise for the treatment of a variety of acquired and inherited diseases and for the formation of replacement organs.  The development of such products relies on the manipulation of human embryonic stem cells and its commercial viability is currently in the balance as the European Court of Justice considers the meaning of the term “human embryo” in the context of patenting  - covered by the Legal Protection of Biotechnological Inventions Directive 98/44/EC.

As the law stands a patent which includes the use of a “human embryo” for industrial or commercial purposes cannot be patented.  The Consortium, created and led by law firm Matthew Arnold & Baldwin LLP (MAB), has been formed to support and argue the view that the use of pluripotent stem cells derived from an unfertilised embryo through parthenogenesis should not be regarded as “human embryos” as they are not capable of development of a viable human being.  The Consortium argues that patentability of this technology is crucial to the commercial viability of the embryonic stem cell research, the public interest for the treatment of human illness and the competitive position of the EU.

The Consortium has drafted a letter to be sent to the UK IPO who is positioned to advise the UK Government on its response to the European Court of Justice over the issue.   The strength of this submission is increased by the number and quality of signatories and OBN is supporting this initiative with its contacts within the stem cell industry.  If you are interested in influencing the outcome of this debate please become a signatory.


Further Information

Join For Free

Access to this exclusive content is for Technology Networks Premium members only.

Join Technology Networks Premium for free access to:

  • Exclusive articles
  • Presentations from international conferences
  • Over 3,300+ scientific posters on ePosters
  • More than 4,900+ scientific videos on LabTube
  • 35 community eNewsletters


Sign In



Forgotten your details? Click Here
If you are not a member you can join here

*Please note: By logging into TechnologyNetworks.com you agree to accept the use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.


Scientific News
Genetic Variability in Cell Bank Lots
Researchers working with cancer cells from the same cell bank acquired at the same time, found that the cells were genetically different.
Human Stem Cells to Rapidly Generate Bone, Heart Muscle
A new study shows that combining positive and negative signals can quickly and efficiently steer stem cells down complex developmental pathways to become specialized tissues that could be used in the clinic.
New Therapeutic Targets For Small Cell Lung Cancer Identified
Researchers at UTSW Medical Center have identified a protein termed ASCL1 that is essential to the development of small cell lung cancer.
New Mechanism of Tuberculosis Infection
Researchers have identified a new infection mechanism of tuberculosis that could lead to a new therapeutic angle.
Modelling ALS Requires ‘Aged’ Stem Cells
Research suggests engineered cells are too ‘young’ to accurately model ALS and should be 'aged' to speed progress toward finding potential treatments.
Protein Reinforces Growth of Damaged Muscles
Biologists have found a protein involved in stem cells that bolsters damaged muscle tissue growth - potential for muscle degeneration treatments.
Treating HIV with Cancer-Fighting Gene Shows Promise
A type of gene immunotherapy that has shown promising results against cancer could also be used against HIV.
'Antigen-Presenting Cell' Defends Against Cancer
Through advanced imaging, researchers have identified cells that encourages increases in immune system cancer defences.
Rapid Generation from Stem Cells
Researchers coax human stem cells to rapidly generate bone and heart muscle by directing stem cells down complex developmental pathways.
HIV Hides No Longer
Researchers are working to create proteins that clear HIV-infected cells in order to eliminate latent infection and dormancy.
Skyscraper Banner

SELECTBIO Market Reports
Go to LabTube
Go to eposters
 
Access to the latest scientific news
Exclusive articles
Upload and share your posters on ePosters
Latest presentations and webinars
View a library of 1,800+ scientific and medical posters
3,300+ scientific and medical posters
A library of 2,500+ scientific videos on LabTube
4,900+ scientific videos
Close
Premium CrownJOIN TECHNOLOGY NETWORKS PREMIUM FOR FREE!