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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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Support for GM Eggplant Reawakens at GMA Science Forum

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At the 2014 Grocery Manufacturers Association’s (GMA) Science Forum, the State Department’s senior advisor for biotechnology, Jack Bobo, reminded attendees of the importance of developing countries having access to much-needed agricultural tools.  “We need to see [biotechnology] products that matter to people,” he said. “We need to see products where consumers and farmers are begging for the technology.” That’s happening in Bangladesh, he added.  Bobo’s panel titled “Global Issues: Can Agriculture Save the Planet Before It Read More >

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BIO to Labor/HHS: Increase Funding for Critical Public Health Programs

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BIO sent a letter to appropriators to encourage support for programs and initiatives that are of great importance to the American public and the advancement of public health, and that will help meet our nation’s unmet medical needs. Specifically, we request the following: National Institutes of Health (NIH): We request that the Committee provide NIH with at least $32 billion. Since the doubling of the NIH funding between 1998 and 2003, funding has failed to Read More >

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