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Archives for May 14, 2013

IP is just as much about collaboration as exclusivity for oncology tech companies

IP advocacy group Ideas Matter showcased the pivotal role of IP in the development of cancer treatments at an event in London today. Representatives from a number of companies active in the field of cancer diagnostics attempted to counter the arguments put forward by IP sceptics by explaining the importance of IP to funding, product development, cross-industry collaboration and ultimately improving the quality of life for cancer sufferers.

Dr Deryk Williams, chief medical officer of Anaxsys, highlighted the importance of IP to securing investment for the development of medical devices such as his company’s lung cancer diagnostic technology. “It’s a fairly simple equation,” he said. “If there’s no IP, there’s no significant investment in the company.” The company’s three patents and considerable knowhow would lead to the creation of around 200 jobs in the UK if commercialisation of the technology is successful, he added.

Building on the theme of collaboration, Amgen’s director of regulatory affairs, RD policy, Dr Virginia Acha, predicted that cooperation between companies will become much more commonplace as the pharmaceutical industry moves away from the blockbuster model and towards ‘personalised medicine’ that is far more highly targeted towards smaller groups of patients. “No single company has all the necessary diagnostics and therapies,” she said.

PhilipsMaaike van Velzen explained how landscaping patent holdings in the oncology space has assisted her company in discovering potential partners. “It helps us to form consortia, by looking at the strengths of different parties in different fields and seeing if we might be able to form a strong relationship with them,” she said. “It helps us to see where the emphasis has been and where the major RD investment has taken place.”

Critics of the IP system argue that IP rights give their owners too much power, since they are used to exclude rivals from the marketplace and reduce competition. But the facilitative qualities of IP, as an enabler of collaboration and open innovation, are all too often overlooked. “Sometimes, our IP strategy is about creating exclusivity for ourselves,” van Velzen admitted. “But other times – and this is particularly true in the case of healthcare – our IP strategy is more about sharing our IP and cooperating with partners.”

Talking to IAM after the event, Acha suggested that the pro-IP, anti-IP debate has lost sight of what the IP system was originally created for. “IP is there to give a governance structure – it’s not there to bias one party against another,” she said. “Without the framework that it provides, you can end up in very difficult waters if you want to collaborate with another organisation. The benefit of having a patent in this field is that hopefully someone else developing a similar technology will see it and say, ‘hey, that will work over here!’.” When that happens, she stated, parties can collaborate, resulting in reduced costs and a quicker time to market for all involved, while at the same time each can protect their own stake in the technologies being developed and ensure that their investors get a return.

Those calling for the weakening – or even, in some cases, abolition – of IP rights should have been there today. The event may have forced them to rethink what can often be a knee-jerk position. The simple fact is that a whole host of life-saving technologies might never see the light of day if it were not for the financing and collaboration facilitated by IP. No-one in their right mind wants that to happen, do they?

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Cash boost for Holt town improvement group

The centre of Holt.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
1:37 PM

A committee dedicated to boosting a Georgian town has received a £50,000 windfall.

The money for the Holt Vision Strategy Committee, made up of town councillors, was given through a section 106 agreement.

The agreement was decided on following planning approval from North Norfolk District Council for a supermarket on the Thaxters DIY and timber yard site on Old Station Way, just off the town’s bypass.

Five town councillors now run the Vision Strategy Committee, which will next meet in July to discuss how the money would be spent.

The original vision group, set up to “improve the town centre”, was established in 2012 by the North Norfolk Community Partnership, which no longer exists.

A report from the vision group was published in February and included areas in Holt which could be improved.

Ideas included creating an open space for pedestrians on Shirehall Plain; starting up a market on Fish Hill and Star Plain; improving the town entrances; and landscaping the roundabout on the edge of town.

It was also hoped public transport and job opportunities could be improved.

Holt Town Council clerk Di Dann said in a council meeting last night it was hoped the roundabout would be re-landscaped under the Thaxters plan.


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    Ideas to ease congestion on Palm City Road include roundabouts, eliminating …

    STUART — Motorists may no longer be able to turn right from U.S. 1 onto Palm City Road if state and Martin County officials approve a plan presented to Stuart city commissioners Monday night.

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    Harvest Launches Grow-a-Row Program

    Food Matters ManitobaWinnipeg Harvest has teamed up with Food Matters Manitoba to create a unique gardening competition.

    Manitoba’s Garden Makeover: An Edible Landscaping Competition is an opportunity to learn about and grow edible plants, making gardens both beautiful and tasty.

    “Food brings people and communities together, and growing edible gardens provides healthy, affordable access to food,” said Stefan Epp-Koop, acting executive director for Food Matters Manitoba.

    The competition encourages families, schools, and communities to grow edible plants and share them with others by donating them to the Grow-a-Row emergency food program.

    Details on how to participate are available at

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    5 Things: Medical Marijuana Talk, Landscaping Jobs, Shakespeare at the Library

    Prohibitionism is intensely, rabidly, frantically, frenetically, hysterically anti-freedom.

    An important feature of prohibitionism (which it closely shares with fascism) is totalitarianism. That means:

    A police state apparatus; widespread surveillance, arbitrary imprisonment or even murder of political opponents, mass-incarceration, torture, etc.

    Like despicable, playground bullies, prohibitionists are vicious one moment, then full of self-pity the next. They whine and whinge like lying, spoilt brats, claiming they just want to “save the little children”, but the moment they feel it safe to do so, they used brute force and savage brutality against those they claim to be defending.

    Prohibitionists actually believe that they can transcend human nature and produce a better world. They allow only one doctrine, an impossible-to-obtain drug-free world. All forms of dissent, be they common-sense, scientific, constitutional, or democratic, are simply ignored, and their proponents vehemently persecuted.

    During alcohol prohibition (1919-1933), all profits went to enrich thugs and criminals. While battling over turf, young men died every day on inner-city streets. A fortune was wasted on enforcement that could have been far more wisely allocated. On top of the budget-busting prosecution and incarceration costs, billions in taxes were lost. Finally, in 1929, the economy collapsed. Does that sound familiar?

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    Dean’s Landscaping – The Times

    From the moment he steps onto the worksite, Dean Savarino can see it. As President of Dean’s Lawn Landscaping, Savarino can quickly visualize how he and his talented team of designers and installers will ultimately transform a tired landscape into a vibrant outdoor living area. He can see in his head where the Belgard landscaping should be laid and how the water features should be added and why the tucked away corners would come alive again via a burst of foliage.

    Yet, explaining this often detailed vision to prospective clients can have its challenges.

    “I know in my heart and in my head how we will be able to take a specific piece of property and make it magnificent,” explains Savarino from his office in Schererville. “I think most of us are visual people, so being able to utilize our 3D rendering system is a wonderful option. Not only will the client have a drawing to study, but will also be able to view a full blown video to help them better envision the entire project.”

    A recipient of the prestigious Belgard Best in Class Award for the second year in row, Dean’s Lawn Landscaping has been making visions come true for the past twenty years. Serving the outdoor scenery needs of clients throughout Northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area, the company has brought an artistic outlook to the idea of landscaping, whether it’s a small enhancement or a large transformation. The talents of the company’s skilled staff of specialists are here to make your landscape dreams a reality.

    “We are a unique company not only because of our certified installers and designers, but we have a beautiful garden center as well,” says Savarino. “Everything we use in our projects start here at our garden center, which greatly helps our clients better envision all the possibilities in store for their landscape. We love utilizing the garden center to incorporate some unique and specialized plantings and perennial gardens into the work we do.”

    Combining an unsurpassed level of professionalism and talent with a genuine love for what they do, Dean’s Landscaping continues to impress both industry professionals and prospective clients. The Dean’s Landscaping team has been recognized as a Master Craftsman from Belgard, one of only nine landscaping companies in the United States to receive such an honor. And while clients are impressed by these accolades, most clients find their way to the landscaping company after being impressed by their past work within the community.

    “We are beginning a project that our client affectionately refers to as ‘A River Runs through It’ project,” explains Savarino, who is currently working on multiple landscaping projects within Valparaiso. “This project will include everything from a multiple level patio to a couple of waterfalls that will join together to form a gorgeous and very natural looking creek. Based on the work they had seen from us in the past, they could envision what we could do for them. I have no doubt that this project will become yet another showpiece for us, and ultimately, inspire someone else see their backyard in a whole new way.”

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    Altons Garden Centre: Get tips from the country’s top gardeners at the 2013 …

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    Altons Online Garden Centre

    Fondly coined by Bill Clinton as ‘The Woodstock of the mind’, I would certainly encourage gardeners to learn as much as they can from this 10 day event.

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    A festival famed for bringing together some of the world’s most prolific writers starts on Thursday 23rd May 2013. The Telegraph Hay Festival is inviting some of the UK’s most renowned gardeners to share their tips and advice with the nation – as well as leading garden experts, Altons Online Garden Centre.

    Established around a kitchen table back in 1987, the Telegraph Hay Festival has witnessed a number of established filmmakers, politicians, environmentalists and musicians exchange their knowledge and expertise with thousands of visitors at Brecon Beacons National Park – and since its growth, has expanded to cover a number of different topics including economics, science, music, poetry and gardening.

    Marketing manager at Altons Garden Centre, James Oxley, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for any budding gardeners to get advice from the very best in the business – and what better place to be inspired than in the scenic Welsh borders. With insight from the likes of renowned landscape designer Sir Roy Strong plus renowned Herefordshire gardener, Monty Don, this event will surely stir up horticultural creativity for the green-fingered community.”

    As the largest garden centre in Essex, Altons Garden Centre stocks a huge selection of stylish outdoor and garden products – including outdoor furniture, water features, garden machinery and plants. Horticultural enthusiasts can also join the Altons Gardening club, and receive exclusive offers and invitations to special events along with a one year’s subscription to a personal online plant inventory and garden diary service.

    “In attendance will also be Ruth Brooks and Dave Goulson, along with the esteemed Professor Dianne Edwards from Cardiff University,” added Oxley.

    “Fondly coined by Bill Clinton as ‘The Woodstock of the mind’, I would certainly encourage gardeners to learn as much as they can from this 10 day event. Taking place during the bank holiday weekend, this is a rare opportunity to mingle with some of the world’s brightest minds whilst enjoying what the festival has to offer.”

    For horticulturalists unable to make the festival, gardeners can enjoy Altons Garden Centre’s spring edition of the 2013 Beautiful Gardens magazine – available to read online now. From Altons garden furniture sets to BBQ accessories, make the most of the May bank holiday weekend by visiting or call 0845 838 8816 today.

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    Midday Fix: Garden planting tips from Chalet

    Chalet Landscape, Nursery Garden Center
    3132 Lake Ave.

    Tony’s Tips:

    Thinking about planting your favorite annual flower – impatiens – this year? Think again. A plague called downy mildew is wreaking havoc with impatiens in the Midwest, so buyer beware.

    Choose from beautiful, hardy alternatives, like begonias, coleus or New Guinea impatiens.

    For vegetable gardens, new varieties of tomatoes and peppers are available this year. Grafted tomato and pepper plants can result in double of the production in the same space.

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    Garden Tips and Afternoon Tea With The English Lady in Glastonbury

    Interested in cultivating your gardening skills along with your garden? Do you enjoy a lovely afternoon tea?

    Join renowned landscape designer Maureen Haseley-Jones for her continuing ‘Garden Earth’ lecture series on Wednesday, May 22.

    The series is designed to “reconnect people’s hearts and hands with the nourishing energy of Mother Nature’s life giving gardens,” according to the Riverfront Community Center.

    Hasley-Jones is a lecturer, writer and radio gardening expert. She is also known as The English Lady, and will offer cutting edge gardening tips.

    Wednesday’s talk and tea will take place at the Riverfront Community Center, 300 Welles St., from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Assorted teas and light refreshments will be served.

    All ages are welcome. Interested parties can sign up in the community center office. The cost for the event is $5.

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    Leitrim Garden Designer to Bloom in Phoenix Park

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