Monthly Archives: March 2014

BIO Attends HCIA/Hawaii Chamber “Biotech Week”

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Hears Stories from Local Papaya Farmers Monday, March 17 marked the beginning of the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association (HCIA)/Hawaii Chamber “Biotech Week” in Honolulu. Well-attended by employees of the seed companies and many farmers at the state capital and elected officials, the event reminded everyone of the importance of biotechnology in the agricultural community of Hawaii. During my time there, I was able to hear first-hand accounts of the role that biotech has played in the Read More >

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Momentum of the BIO Big Dance Continues to Build

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Can I assume you have all been missing my NCAA tournament musings? Well maybe not, but just in case you’ve been waiting for more, here you go….. What an exciting and eventful tournament it has been so far. But it’s far from over. Last night we had some great battles. Sadly, my adopted team, San Diego State University lost a tough game to Arizona.  And since I feel like San Diego is my second home this year, I Read More >

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Cohen, Boyer & Tibbetts?

SBIR Reauthorization Moves Forward

Ask any biotech professional about Stanley Cohen and Herbert Boyer and they will tell you about their incredible contributions to modern biotechnology. But what about Roland Tibbetts? My guess is there are more than a few quizzical looks out there. So who is Roland Tibbetts? In many ways, Roland Tibbetts did for the commercialization of biotechnology, what Cohen and Boyer did for the science. He is the creator of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Read More >

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The International Myeloma Foundation Pioneers Myeloma Awareness Month

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Years ago, after much frustration over the lack of understanding and awareness of multiple myeloma, the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) declared March as “Myeloma Awareness Month” and has grown its program into a multifaceted campaign. This year’s program included a kickoff live event, free teleconference, new website, social media, local proclamations, and “Myeloma Awareness Month” kits for the more than 150 IMF support groups across the country. At the start of the month, IMF launched Read More >

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Washington Post: Crowdsourcing Medical Decisions

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On Monday, Ariana Eunjung Cha wrote about the difficult ethical issue of Compassionate Use, which allows a patient access to an unapproved treatment when others with similar requests are denied access. Arthur Caplan, director of the division of medical ethics at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, describes it as a moral dilemma that could not be ‘more troubling and impossible-to-resolve’. In the article, Caplan asserts that ‘it’s best for the company to focus on getting the Read More >

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