Monthly Archives: June 2011

Podcast: Humanitarian Award Winner Dr. Paul Offit

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During the 2011 BIO International Convention, Paul A. Offit, MD, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, was named the 2011 Biotech Humanitarian Award winner. Dr. Offit was selected as the 2011 Honoree in recognition of his 25 years spent dedicated to developing RotaTeq, one of the main vaccines currently used to fight rotavirus, a disease that is the leading cause Read More >

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Five international biotech countries to watch

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Scientific American released their third annual WorldView: A Global Biotechnology Perspective at the 2011 BIO International Convention which includes a Bio Innovation Scorecard. The Scorecard reviews individual country biotechnology programs and policies aimed at growing local innovative biotechnology sectors. Based on the results of the Bio Innovation Scorecard, here’s our list of 5 biotechs to watch: 5.  Malaysia: Ranking third in the world for the best Enterprise Support of its biotech industry by Scientific American’s Read More >

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Managing Biotech Technological Innovation in a New Era

Written by Kelly Cappio, BIO. This session focused on technological innovations and how they can be used to prevent, identify, or respond to new natural or man-made threats. As stated by Dr. Alan Rudolph, “We face a very dynamic threat space.” Dr. Rudolph, Director of the Chemical and Biological Technologies Directorate at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, discussed the strategic thrust of the agency and its recent focus on new diagnostic technologies, such as MIMIC, Read More >

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Biotechnology – Creating a positive political and social environment

Tony Blair at 2011 BIO International Convention

“I think it’s important that government stands up for proper science,” Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said during the Tuesday keynote luncheon at the 2001 BIO International Convention. “You know I had a lot of battles over this when I was prime minister – with various groups.” This was a familiar story to many of the attendees who regularly face a number of social and political hurdles in bringing their innovative products to market: Read More >

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USTR: TPP to have High IP Standards to “Stand Alongside other Treaty Agreements in the Area”

Stan McCoy, Assisant U.S. Trade Representative for Intellectual Property and Innovation, spoke at BIO’s 2011 Convention session titled The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Importance of Intellectual Property Rights: Attracting Investment in Biotechnology.  The session covered the ongoing treaty negotiations and the relevance of different IP provisions to the biotechnology industry.  Issues of particular importance to the biotechnology industry yet to be revelead to the public include language tabled for data protection and patent linkage.  While USTR specific language is not available, Read More >

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