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Recommendations issued to counter patent, proprietary barriers to sharing stem cell data
Date:1/24/2011

cess to novel technologies that can help meet critical health needs in both developing and developed nations.

The statement calls on technology-transfer offices at government-funded research institutions to make public their stem cell intellectual property rights. The group also urges patent offices and key policymakers to reassess whether current standards for granting stem cell patents are appropriate.

Members of the Hinxton Group met in Manchester last November to develop the recommendations, focusing primarily on human embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells.

While acknowledging that intellectual property rights can help ensure financial return on the much-needed private investments that fund much translational research, the Hinxton Group says its recommendations aim to uphold overriding societal goals at the same time. "We believe that licensing practices in the biological sciences should reflect the goal of global justice," the group states in the document, "borne out of a human dignity common to all and a universal commitment to reduce suffering."


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Contact: Michael Pena
mpena@jhsph.edu
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
Source:Eurekalert

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