Monthly Archives: January 2010

This Week in Industrial Biotechnology

This week according to the New Energy World Network “The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of the Navy are to develop advanced biofuels and other renewable energy systems.” “Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus emphasised how partnering with USDA supports his vision for energy reform. He said, ‘In order to secure the strategic energy future of the United States, create a more nimble and effective fighting force, and protect our planet Read More >

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Many Biotechs Still Operating at Low Cash Levels

The percentage of public biotech companies that still operate with less than a year of cash is at 38% (see chart).  Given that we already lost a number of companies in 2009 due to lack of cash to fund research, this is a high percentage for the remaining companies. This is even more interesting when you consider that 2009 was a big year for Follow-On Offerings (FOPOs) and Private Investments in Public Equity (PIPEs). The Read More >

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Today’s Twitter Twang – January 25, 2010

Today’s Twitter Twang, a summary of biotechnology and intellectual property news on Twitter.

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Plan Now to Participate: Dialogue on Global Challenges in Ag Productivity

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST), along with BIO, the Council for Biotechnology Information and CropLife International, will host a special “Town Hall Meeting” to promote and discuss the release of CAST’s first publication of the new year, Agricultural Productivity Strategies for the Future: Addressing U.S. and Global Challenges (Issue Paper 45).  The event will take place on Friday, February 12 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Moderated by Frank Sesno, George Washington University, prominent Read More >

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Tomorrow Morning on NPR: BIO, ACLU Discuss Gene Patenting

You can listen from your desk at Callers will have the opportunity to ask questions after the first 20 minutes. If you’re interested in the topic, you can find background material on gene patenting at and our amicus brief in the ACLU lawsuit is posted at

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