Monthly Archives: January 2009

Nominate a Fellow Bio-Techie for Biotech Humanitarian Award

Know anyone who is this close to the next big breakthrough in biofuels? Ending dependence on oil is one of the great challenges of 21st century, and there are heroes in our midst working towards alternative fuels. If you know someone who has contributed significantly to this goal, nominate them for the Biotech Humanitarian Award! The award will recognize an innovator who has improved the lives of others by harnessing the power of biotechnology to Read More >

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Getting the Guidance We Need: FDA Finalizes Regulatory Guidance for GE Animals

Well, it’s finally happened. The FDA announced today that it will make the final guidance available for governing genetically engineered animals. And if I strain carefully, I can already hear them — the naysayers. For example, back in November, the Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, submitted comments to the FDA containing the following statement, “A major problem with this proposal is that it is simply Guidance for Industry and so is not Read More >

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Go “Green” with the EnviropigTM

We’ve all heard it, “Pork, the other white meat.” It’s an ad campaign as ubiquitous as, well, pork. According to the National Pork Producers Council, pork at 42.6 percent, is the world’s most widely eaten meat. And while pork is popular, hog farms can sometimes cause environmental problems. Until now…Move over conventional hogs, and enter the EnviropigTM. The saliva of EnviropigTM contains the enzyme phytase, which allows the pigs to digest phytate, the principal form Read More >

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Setting the Record Straight

I was pleased to read AP reporter Deborah Jian Lee’s story on Jan. 12, saying that the food and fuel debate has “receded to a murmur, and even the Grocers Manufacturers Association, one of the most vocal biofuel critics, seems to be backing off a bit.” Biofuel producers will likely remember that last May the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call revealed that the Grocery Manufacturers Association had launched a public relations effort to blame biofuels Read More >

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BIO IP Counsels’ Committee Conference Now Open for Non-BIO Member Company Attendance

Since 2002, BIO’s IP Counsels’ Committee Conference was a private event where BIO members learned about the hottest topics in the industry: newly-introduced legislation on Patent Reform, draft BIO comments to the Patent & Trademark Office, experiences from fellow member companies and universities, all under the guise of a “fun” 3-day Conference & Meeting. Well, the results are in: the Conference has always been fun, because of the savvy planning of BIO staffers who incorporate Read More >

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