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BIO 2015 to Feature Legendary Musician Wynton Marsalis

With only 19 more days to go until BIO Convention 2015, BIO is excited to announce today that legendary musician Wynton Marsalis will participate in our first-ever evening Keynote at this year’s Convention!  Marsalis will be interviewed by broadcast journalist Forrest Sawyer at Philadelphia’s Convention Center on June 17th. Marsalis is known as the first jazz artist to perform and compose across the full jazz spectrum – everything from jazz’s New Orleans roots to bebop Read More >

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The New Food Economy: How Innovation is Transforming Agriculture

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Data analysis and computational technologies are giving farmers the ability to monitor their land better, to make decisions that can lower costs and increase crop yields, and allow them to access information quickly through their smartphones. Nanette Byrnes, writer for the MIT Technology Review, calls this the “new food economy.” “By combining this information with data generated by soil sensors and weather reports, farmers could find ways to use water, seed, and fertilizer more efficiently, Read More >

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How BioGENEius Led Me To Discover My Passion for Biotechnology

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As a wide-eyed 15-year old, I presented my research on epigenetics to an eminent panel of Ph.Ds. The setting was the BioGENEius Challenge alongside the 2009 BIO International Convention in Atlanta. The participation and the recognition for my work during the Convention in Atlanta ignited my passion for a career in biotechnology. I have always aspired to be a change-maker making an enduring impact on society. I found a purposeful pathway in biotechnology through the Read More >

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Oregon County Decisively Votes Down GE Crop Ban Ballot Measure

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Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson famously said “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” On Tuesday, the strategy of Oregon anti-GMO groups to convince residents in various counties to approve ballot initiatives banning the cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) crops was dropped to the canvas when the voters of Benton County overwhelming rejected Measure 2-89, the so-called Benton County Local Food Ordinance. Named after U.S. Senator Thomas Hart Benton of Read More >

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John Lechleiter Forbes Op-Ed: Debunking the Five Big Myths About ‘Big Pharma’

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This week, Eli Lilly and Company President, Chairman and CEO John Lechleiter refutes five big myths about big pharma in this Forbes opinion piece. He points to these five biggest industry myths as ‘routinely poisoning debates, obscuring genuine problems, and distorting policy recommendations on health care.’ In short (excerpts): Myth #1 Pharmaceutical companies exaggerate the costs of developing new medicines to justify high prices. In fact: The research and development (R&D) expenditures of this industry Read More >

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