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NIH & NSF SBIR/STTR Programs

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Leveraging Small Business to Bring Life-Saving Innovations to the Market. A key part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s mission is the translation of basic discoveries into innovative technologies that improve human health, and the NIH and NSF Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs strive to do just that. NIH is the premier biomedical research funding organization in the world, and has a 2014 SBIR/STTR Read More >

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Brazil Fights Back Dengue Fever with GE Mosquito

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In a recent article, published by Globalpost, John Otis writes on how the small town of Jacobina, Brazil used agricultural biotechnology to help control the occurrence of Dengue Fever. By releasing swarms of mosquitoes engineered to wipe out their own species, Jacobina farmers will be better able to carry out their daily duties with a reduced risk of acquiring the disease.  “We need to provide alternatives because the system we have now in Brazil doesn’t Read More >

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Vote in the 2014 Buzz of BIO Contest!

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The BIO International Convention is all about raising your profile, making connections, and moving your business forward. One of the more creative and fun ways for companies to accomplish these goals is the annual Buzz of BIO contest. This is an online voting contest for the industry to cast their pick for this year’s most creative biotech company. Prizes This year, there are two categories: Pipelines of Promise, and Technologies of Tomorrow. One company from each of Read More >

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STEM Video Competition Offers Cash Award

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Budding scientists, take note. Biocom Institute and the Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes have extended the deadline for an online STEM video competition. The competition is open to all United States students in grades 5-12. The students will be required to create a one-minute video designed to answer one of two questions – Why is STEM important to YOU? or Who is your STEM hero and why? Video submissions should be uploaded to YouTube and Read More >

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USA Today: Vaccine opt-outs put public health at risk

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In an editorial yesterday, USA Today’s editors called attention to a growing public health problem: the resurgence of vaccine preventable illnesses as a result of parents choosing to forgo vaccinating their children. The paper notes recent outbreaks of measles in small clusters, including Orange County, California, which saw 22 cases reported this month, and Brooklyn, New York. In all of 2013, there were 189 cases reported nationwide. Already this year, we’ve seen 115 cases, in Read More >

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