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Advocates Say New Law Will Encourage Research Partnerships in Arizona

April 04, 2012

Life sciences advocates in Arizona are celebrating the passage of HB 2272, a measure to tighten open records laws that require details of intellectual property be disclosed. Passage of the legislation will protect against the loss of current research contracts or the possibility of missed opportunities due to concerns over the state's previous law, according to a statement by the Arizona Bioscience Industry Association (AZBio).

The previous Open Records Act required details of intellectual property, such as results of clinical trials, be disclosed when a private company was engaged with a public entity, such as a university, to anyone who requested it. The Arizona Technology Council, another supporter of the new law, said lucrative projects were being halted because companies were concerned about having to reveal competitive information. The new law protects the university's ability to push academic conclusions from public-private research and allows Arizona to compete for public-private contracts against other states with tighter open records laws, according to AZBio.

The measure, which was signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer last week, received unanimous support in the legislature.

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