Monthly Archives: April 2014

New Report Outlines Future of Biotech in Massachusets

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The Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MassBio) just released Impact 2020, a report on the state of the biotechnology and life sciences cluster in Massachusetts. The extensive report issues a call to action for Massachusetts stakeholders-across industry, academia, healthcare networks, payers and government-to take steps to safeguard the Commonwealth’s definitive, but fragile, leadership position in life sciences and innovation. MassBio’s strategic reports have been key to strengthening the regional life sciences cluster, which today is recognized as Read More >

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“No Need to Label GMOs” Says FDA

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The Nation’s Leading Regulatory Body on Food Safety Reaffirms Safety of GMOs On March 28, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg testified to the House Appropriations Committee on the FDA’s 2015 budget request. In a line of questioning, she was asked about the labeling of GMOs. The Hill’s Benjamin Goad tracked her response reaffirming that the FDA will not label GM foods. “Margaret Hamburg told lawmakers this week that the agency remains Read More >

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EPA’s Proposed Rule for the 2014 RFS Will Increase Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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What Environmental Working Group Doesn’t Want You to Know On Friday March 28, the Environmental Working Group posted what they imagine to be a scathing critique of a recently published study, authored by BIO, of the greenhouse gas emissions impact of EPA’s proposal to reduce biofuel use in 2014. (See Corn Is Magic? on the EWG.org site). It’s clear that the author never actually read our study, since her commentary has nothing to do with Read More >

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GMO Answers Addresses Consumer Concerns Through Poll

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On March 19, GMO Answers announced results from a national survey identifying the top questions consumers have about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and how our food is grown. The survey was commissioned by GMO Answers and the Council for Biotechnology Information and was carried out by Ipsos, a global market research company. Participants were asked: The following are questions some people have asked about GMOs. Which of the following questions around the use of GMOs Read More >

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Indiana Governor Signs Bill that Supports Transparent Communication

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence has signed bipartisan legislation enabling retail pharmacies within his state to substitute interchangeable biologic medicines, once approved, for the innovator drug on which they are based. Not only does this legislation empower pharmacists to use their professional discretion to automatically substitute interchangeable biologic medicines, it also ensures transparent communication within a patient’s entire health care team to ensure the best decisions possible. The newly signed Senate Bill 262 ensures pharmacists communicate with the Read More >

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