Monthly Archives: January 2012

BIO Applauds Boulder County Decision

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After much debate, Boulder County commissioners sided with science and voted to allow some biotech crops to be grown on county-owned land. Six farmers leasing the county land came forward in December 2008 seeking permission to plant herbicide tolerant sugarbeets. After more than two years of hearings, protests, studies, and debates, policy that includes a decision on GMOs was approved. “With our adoption of the Boulder County Cropland Policy on Dec. 20 we believe we Read More >

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IBM’s Watson: From Jeopardy! to Drug Research

IBM's Watson Computer System Plays Jeopardy! in a Practice Round

Bits of technology from I.B.M.’s Watson are beginning to be used in actual products available to corporate clients. The cloud-based Strategic Intellectual Property Insight Platform “uses data mining, natural-language processing and analytics to pore through millions of patent filings and biomedical journals to look for chemical compounds used in drug discovery.” As a byproduct of this project, I.B.M. is contributing their research to the searchable NIH chemical database, which will ease access to information previously Read More >

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Maryland Awards $1 Million to Five Biotech Small Businesses

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In effort to spur commercialization and advance treatments for cancer and other diseases, the Maryland Biotechnology Center (MBC) announced earlier this month that it awarded a total of $1 million to five promising life sciences companies through its Biotechnology Commercialization Awards and Translational Research awards. The companies, which received up to $200,000 each, will use the funding to advance cancer therapies, ensure food safety, more quickly detect infectious disease and develop more efficient cardiac repair. Read More >

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