The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announces a November 8-9, 2011, meeting in Jefferson, Arizona, of the Science Advisory Board to the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR). The November 8 session will be open to the public and will focus on scientific initiatives and accomplishments during the past year.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and European Patent Office launch a dedicated Website for the Cooperative Patent Classification initiative, aimed at helping patent examiners “efficiently conduct thorough patent searches.”

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosted a Webinar on October 31, 2011, to provide senior agency officials the opportunity to discuss the America Invents Act. The speakers outlined USPTO implementation plans and answered submitted questions.

The National Cancer Institute initiates a public/private industry partnership “to promote translational research and development opportunities of nanotechnology-based cancer solutions.” A consortium of government, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies will “evaluate promising nanotechnology platforms and facilitate their successful translation from academic research to clinical environment.” Eligible companies interested in participating must contact the National Institutes of Health.