New forum on access to research tools for biomedical research

DennisR48 dennisr48 at aol.com
Wed Apr 29 09:52:11 EST 1998


INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RESTRICTIONS ON ACCESS TO AND USE OF RESEARCH TOOLS IN
BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH

Release Date:  April 24, 1998
National Institutes of Health

Over the past few years, many in the biomedical research community
have expressed the view that there are ever-increasing barriers to
obtaining important basic tools that enable scientists to carry out
state-of-the-art research.  These so-called "research tools" include
materials, information and methods.  As the public health agency
charged with support of basic biomedical research, NIH wants to
ensure that the momentum of scientific research and discoveries in
the biomedical fields remains strong and unencumbered so that
innovations and advances may be developed to benefit the public.

The Director, NIH, Dr. Harold Varmus, has appointed a special
Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) headed
by Professor Rebecca Eisenberg of the University of Michigan, to
study this matter and generate a report to be considered and acted
upon by the ACD.  In support of the Working Group, we have
established a Web Site to invite scientists and others with an
interest in this issue to participate in the process. Comments to
the Web Site will be useful to the Working Group which makes a report
in early June.  Comments can either be posted for all to review or
they can be sent directly to the Working Group and will not be posted
in the public discussion. 

The Web Site is located at http://www.nih.gov/welcome/forum/


posted by Dennis Rodrigues
dr3p at nih.gov



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