Monthly Archives: December 2013

BIO Testifies at the EPA Public Hearing for the 2014 Standards for the RFS

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Today, December 5, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), held a public hearing for the proposed rule 2014 Standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Program. The EPA has drafted amendments to the RFS program regulations which was established in the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007. This law determines the annual percentage standards for cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and renewable fuels that would apply to all gasoline and diesel produced in the U.S. Read More >

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The Value of Partnering Continues to be a Draw for BIO Events

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Last month’s BIO Convention in China saw 700 partnering meetings between executives from biotechnology, pharmaceutical companies and investment firms from North America, Europe and Asia. These meetings allowed industry executives to meet and explore business opportunities with China’s emerging biotech sector. One company in particular, SciClone Pharmaceuticals, invited BioWorld to tag along for the day and get an insider’s look at what a full day of partnering entails. To better understand the full scope of participating in these partnering meetings, read Read More >

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Innovation Act Passed By House

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The Innovation Act (H.R. 3309), which is intended to reduce frivolous patent-related litigation, was passed by the House today. As we’ve noted, BIO does not support the bill in its current form, which would ultimately undermine biotech research and innovation by making it more difficult for patent holders with legitimate claims to protect their intellectual property. A number of Representatives offered amendments to the bill, several of which BIO supported. These amendments address serious shortcomings with the bill, Read More >

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Kick-Off Planning for San Diego Convention

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The BIO 2014 International Convention in San Diego is just around the corner. With that in mind, we kicked planning efforts into high gear the week before Thanksgiving. The week started with a press conference featuring Interim Mayor Todd Gloria, BIO International Convention President Scott Whitaker, Convention Center President Carol Wallace, and Biocom President and CEO Joe Panetta. After that, productive meetings were held with the convention Steering, Program and Host Committees, as well as Read More >

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Biotech Stocks Hit Record Highs…Again

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Biotech stocks hit an all-time high this week, driven by strong performance among large cap sector leaders with strong product portfolios. A common benchmark for the sector, the NASDAQ Biotechnology Index (NBI) has outperformed the S&P 500 by a factor of over 2X. The NBI is up 61% year to date, compared with 26% for the S&P 500. We’ll be discussing this strong performance in New York this February at the BIO CEO & Investor Read More >

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