Monthly Archives: December 2013

J.Craig Venter Carries BIO into the Second Half of its Pacific Rim Summit

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will join Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus on a media call to announce a new Department of Navy Farm to Fleet initiative. Secretary Vilsack and Secretary Mabus will highlight the benefits of advanced biofuels to create jobs in rural America and to ensure a dependable, domestic fuel supply for our nation’s military. The conference call for the Navy/USDA biofuel procurement announcement was originally scheduled for Tuesday, December 10, 2013 but Read More >

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BIO President & CEO Presents Dr. Cohen With Lifetime Achievement Award

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Last week, Jim Greenwood, President & CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), attended the 10th Annual BayBio Pantheon Ceremony, where he presented Dr. Stanley N. Cohen with the BayBio Lifetime Achievement DiNA Award for his contributions to making a transformative difference within the life science industry. The event was attended by more than 600 biotechnology innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, elected officials and policy leaders. Dr. Cohen’s groundbreaking work with Dr. Herbert Boyer is widely credited Read More >

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BIO Celebrates Day One of its 2013 Pacific Rim Summit

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On Monday, December 09, 2013, BIO kicked off its Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy with five track sessions showcasing the latest innovative technologies in feedstocks, renewable chemical platforms, advanced biofuels and synthetic biology and algae and marine biotechnology.  Monday’s sessions of note included Optimizing Algae Production for Beneficial Bioproducts, Production of Drop-In Hydrocarbon Fuels from Cellulosic Biomass, and Renewable Chemicals and Consumer Products.    Moderated by Jim Flatt of Synthetic Genomics, Optimizing Read More >

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Flu Week: It’s Not Too Late to Vaccinate

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This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week, established by the CDC to encourage people to get vaccinated as we enter the holiday season. In the past few years, estimates have shown that flu vaccination activity drops quickly after November. If you haven’t gotten your flu shot this year, it’s not too late. Flu season typically peaks in January or February, and vaccination remains beneficial as long as long as the viruses are spreading and causing Read More >

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National Traceability System Moves into Implementation

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Last week, President Obama signed into law the Drug Quality and Security Act (H.R. 3204), which created a single, uniform and national solution to safeguard the nation’s pharmaceutical supply chain against criminal counterfeiting. Inside Health Policy’s Alaina Busch highlighted implementation plans in this November 20 story, “Drug Security Bill Ushers In Compounder Market Shift, 10-Year Effort To Implement Rx Tracing,” which can be accessed here with a subscription. Below are details on implementation based on Read More >

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