Monthly Archives: July 2011

Renewable Fuel Standard: BIO Testifies to EPA

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The Wall Street Journal printed a few weeks ago a severely misinformed opinion piece about the Renewable Fuel Standard. The Journal echoed remarks made by a representative of the National Petroleum Refiners Association at a recent EPA hearing on the proposed RFS rules for 2012, at which BIO also testified. NPRA claims that the RFS’s cellulosic waiver is a penalty that they have to pay for a product that doesn’t exist. However, BIO argued that Read More >

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Exploring the Myths of Organic vs. Conventional

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Scientific American’s “Science Sushi” blog looks at common myths around organic and mainstream agriculture.  Blogger Christie Wilcox says upfront that there are some definite upsides and benefits that come from many organic farming methods.  But organic foods cost up to three times as much as those produced by conventional methods, and people are shelling out their hard-earned cash for what they believe are the best foods available. So Wilcox looks at organic’s four most common Read More >

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University Licensing Survey 2010 – AUTM

AUTM is set to release their AUTM Licensing Activity Survey Summary: FY 2010 in the fall of this year for both the U.S. and Canada.  AUTM issued a AUTM 2010 survey highlights to wet the appetite. Highlights: -The number of startups formed increased 10.6%.  651 startup companies formed of which 498 had their primary place of business in the licensing institution’s home state. -Number of licenses/options executed to startups increased 14%.  4,284 licenses executed and Read More >

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Prepping for Partnering: The Top Customer Service Questions from Business Forum ’11

Interestingly, most of these questions were location-based! 1)      How can I reschedule/cancel a meeting? We are always happy to do this for our customers at the Partnering Help Desk, but remember that you can cancel a meeting and submit a rescheduling request within your partnering Calendar. Also note that for BIO India 2011 and BIO Asia 2011, users will have the ability to reschedule meetings on their own!  As always, please feel free to contact us if Read More >

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Quandary for U.S. companies: Whom to bribe? (Washington Post)

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From this Sunday’s Washington Post, David Hilzenrath lays out ambiguities of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Scientific American’s Worldview 2011 report compares corruption among countries seeking to grow the biotech industry within their borders based on the 2010 Corruption Perceptions Index from Transparency International. Countries that ranked high in perceived corruption tended to rank lower in terms of overall innovation. In other words, as corruption increases, the nation’s business reputation sinks while those with a Read More >

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