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The Initiative for Open Innovation (IOI), a new global facility dedicated to making the world’s patent systems more transparent, inclusive and navigable was launched today at the UN sponsored Conference on Intellectual Property and Public Policy in Geneva. The IOI was established by Cambia and the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with a $US3 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to QUT in 2008. Professor Richard Jefferson, founder of Cambia and a Professor at QUT, will direct the initiative.

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For the first time, the full text of Australian patents can be searched, viewed and printed at no cost, by anyone, thanks to a non-profit international organization based in Canberra. Finally innovation in Australia can be done with a clear view of the playing field. CAMBIA (www.cambia.org) has extended its worldwide patent resource the Patent Lens (www.patentlens.net) to include Australian patents. The full text of over 115,000 Australian granted patents and over 580,000 patent applications have been added to the Patent Lens collection of almost seven million worldwide patent documents.

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Influential IT mag Red Herring features CAMBIA’s BiOS Initiative and the Patent Lens as its cover story this week. (April 13, 2006) Canberra Australia. Exploding numbers of patents and their declining quality, in both IT and the life sciences, are creating an urgent need for greater patent transparency and better public oversight. CAMBIA’s Patent Lens, as featured in Red Herring’s cover story this week, is a major step toward solving this problem.

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CAMBIA & IRRI (The International Rice Research Institute) today announced a major joint venture to advance the BiOS Initiative – a new strategy that will galvanize agricultural research focused on poverty alleviation and hunger reduction. The venture is catalyzed by a 2.55M USD grant to CAMBIA from The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway.

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In a publication today in the prestigious scientific journal, Nature, a team at CAMBIA in Canberra unveils the ‘kernel’ of the world’s first ‘explicit open source’ biotechnology toolkit. These tools, and the precedent they establish, will allow the public-sector, small to medium enterprises and even large firms worldwide to explore new business models and begin a new era of transparent and cost-effective innovation in life sciences.

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Australian molecular geneticist Richard Jefferson’s latest inventions could unleash a new Green Revolution, giving farmers, researchers and agriculture businesses across the world access to the potential of modern genetics.

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Australian geneticist Richard Jefferson is calling on the global biotechnology community to adopt open access genetics – freeing up the tools of modern genetics and biology from the shackles of excessive patenting. In Australia Jefferson may be a quiet achiever, but internationally he’s in demand. Today he was recognised as one of the top 50 technology leaders of 2003 by Scientific American, the prestigious science magazine.

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