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FDA regulators should take page from European handbook
OConnell Brian
11/4/2011
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's laborious and lengthy approval process is hitting healthcare business owners in the pocketbook. But the FDA could be hitting consumers worse.

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Feds finally move on mobile healthcare apps
OConnell Brian
11/2/2011
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Finally, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is getting around to regulating mobile health applications. It's early in the game, but what do the new rules look like?

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Healthcare entrepreneurs get some support from Uncle Sam
OConnell Brian
1/4/2012
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The U.S. government has kept a close eye on the medical company startup market, and, after some review, has taken concrete steps to offer unique services and tweak key regulations to get healthcare company products off the ground and into the marketplace.

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America Invests Act of 2011
Moutray Chad
3/21/2011
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I recently wrote about the tremendous backlog of patent applications at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO).  Indeed, with a backlog of over 700,000 patent applications, investors have become frustrated with long processing times.  Yet, as I was writing about the PTO budget, the U.S. Senate was considering a major reform of the patenting process.

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Cyber Security and Threats to Business
Moutray Chad
3/29/2011
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Earlier this year, Senate Democrats introduced the “Cyber Security and American Cyber Competitiveness Act of 2011”.  This bill, which was introduced by Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) with a number of cosponsors, is needed, according to its authors, because of emerging threats to businesses and national security.

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Education as a Driver of Growth
Moutray Chad
3/25/2011
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With unemployment rates near nine percent, politicians of both parties continue to discuss ways to spur economic growth and job creation. Lost in much of this debate is the role of education. Indeed, some economists have suggested that structural (as well as cyclical) issues are preventing the unemployment rate from falling.

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Forum on Job Creation
Moutray Chad
3/17/2011
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On March 16, the House Republican leadership hosted a forum on job creation with business leaders from across the country discussing the obstacles to growing their companies.  Majority Leader Eric Cantor said, “We believe that you need to listen to those who are willing to take a risk and bet on America.”  He added that we should ensure that we best position our country for entrepreneurship.  Speaker of the House John Boehner said that many Americans continue to ask, “Where are the jobs?”

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Goal of Doubling U.S. Exports
Moutray Chad
3/11/2011
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The Bureau of Economic Analysis reported that the U.S. trade balance widened somewhat in January, with the country importing $46.3 billion more than it exported. While exports of goods and services continue to rise, import growth is outstripping it right now. Ideally, we would like to have our net exports expand...

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Goolsbee at NABE
Moutray Chad
3/8/2011
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Austan Goolsbee, the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, addressed the members of the NABE at their annual policy conference in Arlington, Virginia discussed the dramatic steps taken by policymakers to tackle the economic crisis.

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Making the R&D Tax Credit Permanent
Moutray Chad
3/24/2011
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When making long-term investments, either on physical capital or for research and development, businesses need certainty from Washington. When President Obama signed the “Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010” (H.R. 4853) on December 17, 2010, among its many provisions, he reauthorized the Research & Experimentation Tax Credit, which is more commonly known as the R&D tax credit.

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