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A Hungry Person Today Only has One Problem to Solve

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Dr. Richard Raymond, former USDA undersecretary of agriculture for food safety provided the opening keynote for the 2014 Livestock Biotech Summit on September 16. In his presentation “Agriculture Needs Safe Technologies to Feed a Growing and Hungry Worlds”, Dr. Raymond discussed the public perception verse the reality of animal agriculture. He opened by commenting on the growing sensationalism exhibited by the media, especially in social media, calling them “noise makers”. “Food scares are easy to Read More >

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Scientific Community Urges Obama to Support Biotechnology

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A number of media outlets are reporting today on a letter to President Obama urging approval for the genetically engineered AquAdvantage® Salmon and for more support for the innovative solutions that animal biotechnology can provide. Ninety scientists and biotechnology executives signed the letter asking the President to alleviate the political gridlock that has entangled the fish for years. The AquAdvantage® Salmon, genetically engineered to reach market size in half the time of a conventional Atlantic Read More >

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BIO Investor Forum Company Snapshot: InvivoSciences

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What is your company’s lead product or technology? InvivoSciences, Inc. (IVS) is a leading developer of proprietary human 3D cell/tissue culture models for highly-predictive, multi-parameter phenotypic assays both in pharmacology safety & discovery screening and in personalized and regenerative medicine.  IVS’s Functional 3D tissue models recapitulate the physiological properties of human cardiac, smooth and skeletal muscle and connective tissue.  Application of induced pluripotent technology allows to fabricate tissues in diseased states, e.g., hereditary cardiac diseases, Read More >

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2014 LBS: Improving Communications Around Animal Biotech

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Day 1 of BIO’s 2014 Livestock Biotech Summit began with a wonderful opening presentation by BIO’s own Cathy Enright, Executive Vice President of Food and Agriculture. Enright discussed that while genetic engineering has been around for years, it is more publicly accepted when used as part of biomedical applications but controversial when learned that it can be used in food production. In her presentation, “GMOs - Changing the Conversation,” she argued on the importance of being transparent with the public and to not Read More >

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Ebola Outbreak Highlights Value of Cures

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Forbes recently published an op-ed comparing the outbreak and spread of the Ebola virus with the value of cures to prevent disease and save lives. The author – Merrill Matthews – is a resident scholar with the Institute for Policy Innovation in Dallas, Texas. Matthews asserts that drug companies are in the business of discovering cures for deadly and debilitating diseases, and need support for expediting research and development by cutting through red tape and Read More >

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