Celebrating 30 years of Biotechnology Innovation: From Diamond v. Chakrabarty to Today

Thursday June 30, 2011 9:00-11:00AM

Walter E. Washington Convention Center Room 102AB

This event co-sponsored by the US Patent and Trademark Office, The Biotechnology Industry Organization and the Biojudiciary Project  will  celebrate the 30th anniversary of the issuance of the patent from the Supreme Court case, Diamond v. Chakrabarty, which held that subject matter derived from nature is eligible for patenting.

This decision has led to numerous breakthroughs in medical therapies, increased crop yields and renewable fuels.  The event will trace the journey of a biotechnology invention from the university to the USPTO and the marketplace and will highlight breakthrough biotechnology inventions of the past 30 years.

Registration                                                                                                                                                       8:00-9:00AM

Opening Remarks 9:00-9:15AM

David J. Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Technology Showcase                                                                                                                                   9:15-9:55AM

  1. Toby Horn, Carnegie Institution-A History of Biotechnology
  2. Ananda Chakrabarty, Distinguished Uni. Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago-30 years after Diamond v. Chakrabarty:  Looking back and moving forward
  3. Jerry Steiner, Exec. VP, Sustainability & Corporate Affairs, Monsanto Company
  4. Dr. David Fischhoff, Inventor, Monsanto Company-Synthetic Bt Genes for Insect-protected Plants
  5. Jason Ferrone, VP, Patents and Senior Patent Counsel Isis Pharmaceuticals-Chemically Optimized Antisense Compounds

Panel: From Discovery to Market: The Journey of a Biotechnology Invention                     9:55-10:55AM

Moderator:

Teresa Stanek Rea, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Panelists:

  1. Ananda Chakrabarty, Distinguished Uni. Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
  2. George Elliott, Technology Center Director, USPTO
  3. Christine Bellon, Vice President for Intellectual Property and Legal Affairs, HydraBiosciences

Q&A for reminder of time

Closing Remarks                                                                                                                                              10:55-11:00AM

James C. Greenwood , President and CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization

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