I-Corps, the National Science Foundation (NSF) program to help researchers get assistance for commercializing their research, recently turned one. You can watch the webcast of the anniversary event. According to the latest program solicitation, NSF is interested in growing regional nodes (new teaching sites for its commercialization curriculum) for a national network for research commercialization assistance. They are looking to double the number of three-person research teams split between industry and universities.
Over on the other side of the Atlantic, the European Commission has issued draft revised legislation for its sponsored clinical trials. The 2004 rules, which the proposed legislation would revise, were intended to harmonize practices across the European Union, but led to an overall decline in registered trials and an increase in costs. There is an attempt with this proposed legislation to streamline the administrative requirements for the trials, with a particular focus on making it easier to register and administer trials taking place in more than one member state. This is similar to a major thrust of the U.S. efforts to update its federal guidance for human subjects research. (The next steps in that effort have yet to be made public.)