Monthly Archives: October 2010

Vilsack Extols the Value of Biotech Crops

As part of Forbes Video Network’s “Thought Leaders” series, U.S. Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack talks about the benefits of agricultural biotechnology: “We probably have not done a very good job of explaining to people the benefits of GMOs, not just simply the fact that they can produce more crops, but that they can do so with less reliance on natural resources, less damage to natural resources and less reliance on chemicals and pesticides.” View the Read More >

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USPTO Requesting Comments on Humanitarian Technologies

In case you missed it, on September 20 the United States Patent Office issued a request for comments on incentivizing humanitarian technologies and licensing through the intellectual property system.  The USPTO is trying to incentivize humanitarian technologies by creating a “fast-track ex parte reexamination voucher pilot program.”  The program will give priority to humanitarian technology patents shortening the review process to six months.  The USPTO also hopes the program will reduce costs for humanitarian technology Read More >

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The Latest in Advanced Biofuels and Climate Change

“Four more BIO interviews remaining in the pipeline (woohooo!). This one is my interview with Dennis McGrew, Genomatica’s new executive vice president of business development and chief business officer.” So begins the post by Doris de Guzman of ICIS Green Chemicals . Guzman interviewed Dennis McGrew, Genomatica’s new executive vice president of business development and chief business officer. “Genomatica,” Guzman writes, announced at the BIO industrial biotech conference that it was able to achieved pilot-scale Read More >

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New Study Shows Benefits of Bt Corn to Neighboring Farmers

Agricultural scientists have published a study in the journal Science providing evidence that corn that has been genetically engineered to produce insect-killing proteins isolated from the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) provides significant economic benefits even to neighboring farmers who grow non-transgenic varieties of corn.  “This study provides important information about the benefits of biotechnology by directly examining how area-wide suppression of corn borers using Bt corn can improve yield and grain quality even of Read More >

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Secretary Sebelius speaks at biotech meeting

Secretary Sebelius delivered a speech in California yesterday which recognized the potential of biotechnology to address unmet needs in human health, agriculture and industrial and environmental applications.  In her remarks, Secretary Sebelius stated: “[I]nvesting in each step of the process that starts with basic scientific discovery and ends with the development and provision of better diagnostics, treatments, and preventive strategies to significantly improve health care.  I know I don’t have to tell you that because Read More >

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