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225th Anniversary of First U.S. Patent

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225 years ago last Friday the first U.S. patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins for an improved process for creating potash, America’s first industrial chemical compound. America’s Founding Fathers recognized Intellectual property as a fundamental right, so much so they enshrined it into our Constitution. The systems for issuing patents have changed over the years, but Congress retains the authority to regulate and change matters of patent law. Unfortunately, not all changes to patent law Read More >

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Watch-Out Tech Industry, Biotech is on the Rise in San Francisco

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When thinking about the industries that make up San Francisco’s vibrant economy, biopharma is often overshadowed by the Bay Area’s reputation as a tech hotspot. But in reality, health care outpaced the tech sector in 2014 by generating over $28 billion in economic activity and employing over 20% of SanFrancisco workers. The Bay Area is a hub of innovation for growing biotechs looking to connect with the right investors, which is why BIO chose to Read More >

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Boston Globe: Science, Not fear, Should Guide Food Labeling Laws

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On Thursday, July 23, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 275-150 to approve the Safe and Affordable Food Labeling Act (HR 1599), which in addition to preempting state Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) labeling requirements would set up a process for labeling foods as non-biotech. Now the fight over whether or not foods containing GMOs should be labeled will shift to the U.S. Senate. In a recent editorial, The Boston Globe recommended that the the Senate should Read More >

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This Single Mutation That Makes Corn—Corn!

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Corn has been a fundamental base crop for 10,000 years and we depend on it for fuel, food and a multitude of other products. I cannot even fathom what society would be like without it. To think that maize diverged from its ancestral teosinte due to a single genetic change base change (A, T, G, or C in its DNA), a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), just highlights how lucky we are to have a crop Read More >

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Jim Greenwood asks: How prepared are we for avian flu?

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As a serious avian influenza outbreak continues to wreak havoc on poultry farms across the U.S., one question that is beginning to draw attention from lawmakers and others centers on our ability to respond should the virus begin to infect humans. BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood explored that issue in an op-ed yesterday at The Hill: The prospect of HPAI [Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza] spreading to humans recently drew the attention of bipartisan leaders Read More >

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