August 4, 2008
News & Opinion: The Gridlock Economy and The Age of Heretics - Reviewed
Now, more than ever, biomedical invention requires assembling scattered bits of intellectual property. That's expensive and complex. Simply to determine ownership of intellectual property used in a small lab studying a rare ocular disease, the University of Iowa reportedly had to contact 71 entities. Academic scientists routinely respond to gridlock by becoming patent pirates, just like their students who are illegally downloading music.If you're interested in more on issues of patents and drug discovery, check out this excerpt from the book itself. Olga Kharif's review for BusinessWeek gets quite a lot out of one page, covering a wide range of issues, from Quaker Oats' Klondike "Big Inch" promotion of the '50s, to the gridlock in drug discovery and real estate, and even touching on the Chesapeake Bay "oyster wars." We'll have more from Michael Heller on "the tragedy of the anticommons" on Wednesday. Also deserving mention today is the "skimmer's guide" to The Age of Heretics from the August issue of Inc. Magazine. First released in 1996, The Age of Heretics has been rereleased as part of Wiley's Warren Bennis Signature Series.
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.