Monthly Archives: June 2013

MERS, Patents, and Material Transfer Agreements: What WHO Didn’t Know

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The outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV), a SARS like virus has lead to some strong anti-IP statements in Geneva.  A recent article titled “Finding a Fall Guy for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome” in IPWatchdog provides context from multiple news sources and concludes: “An independent review of the claims that patents and the [Material Transfer Agreements] are hindering international MERS-COV research appeared in a May 28, 2013 story in Science Insider. Here’s the lead: Are Read More >

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Biofuels – Hope For Our Energy Future

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Jim Lane, Editor, Biofuels Digest poised the thought — In order to grant the worlds population in 2050 the same energy lifestyle we share today, we will need 5x as much as energy as we currently have today. Lane introduced the panelists of advanced biofuels producers, government officials, and biofuels customers for a moderated discussion to address the challenges and hope placed on biofuels to bridge the gap, allowing 9Billion people in 2050 to enjoy our Read More >

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Record Attendance and Industry Optimism as BIO’s World Congress Wraps Up

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It was a record-breaking BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotech as 1,200 participants from 35 countries attended the event in Montreal. Attendees of the world’s largest industrial biotechnology event for business leaders, investors and policy makers in biofuels, biobased products and renewable chemicals were treated to plenary and breakout sessions featuring key thought leaders, specialized workshops, clean tech investor sessions, BIO One-on-One business partnering meetings, a packed exhibit hall, networking receptions and more. The final Read More >

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Reimbursement Cuts Jeopardize Public Health

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Just this month physicians who administer lifesaving therapies in their offices are seeing their reimbursements cut due to the sequestration.  That’s because while some government spending was exempted from the sequestration, reimbursements under Medicare Part B were not. And yet, some continue to call for additional cuts to this important program, where some of the sickest patients receive their therapies under the administration of a physician.  Additional cuts to Medicare Part B would have a Read More >

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World Food Prize Honors Ag Biotech Pioneers

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A trio of scientists specializing in agricultural biotechnology will receive the 2013 World Food Prize, Secretary of State John Kerry announced today. Mary-Dell Chilton, Robert T. Fraley and Marc Van Montagu, all pioneers in the science of agricultural biotechnology, have helped lead a global agricultural transformation through scientific research and advocacy for modern farming practices. “These individuals have dedicated their lives to scientific discovery and feeding the world,” said BIO president and CEO Jim Greenwood.  Read More >

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