Opinion: The building blocks of a new era in biotechnology came together with a Nobel prize, a stunning biotech IPO, two research commercialization acts, and a fundamental patent, all occurring around the same time. And no one seemed to notice.
I've got a fun piece in First Opinions on Oct-Dec 1980: 2 months that shaped biotech. Five big things happened in 59 days. Is it meaningful or coincidence? I don't know. Is it important? Probably not, but I think it's interesting. You might, too.
On the October day in 1980 that Paul Berg was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for work on recombinant DNA, Genentech had its IPO. These were two of five seminal events taking place over a two-month period that launched the biotech industry.
⁦⁩ does a really nice recap of the events and industrial policy decisions in 1980 that launched the biotech industry in the US and globally!
When I was writing a profile about Cambridge's laboratory commissioner, I did some research into biotech's early years. For those who haven't thought about the industry's origin story, lays out 5 events that shaped biopharma as we know it
I'm delighted to see 's piece on the importance of the year 1980 in #biotech history making news. At the risk of embarrassing Hank, I'd like to point out a few additional ways those events were *personally* important. /1
An interesting take on the early days of biotech from my colleague .
Great writing, from The two months in 1980 that shaped the future of biotech
In a recent oped for , recounts the history behind the Bayh-Dole Act, writing that the Act "is often credited with having kickstarted the biotech industry." Learn more about events that "shaped the future of biotech" here
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pens a truly outstanding article on the 5 events that led to the birth of modern biotech 40 yrs ago via
The two months in 1980 that shaped the future of biotech, by ⁦⁩
Great historical sequence here: The two months in 1980 that shaped the future of biotech -