Monthly Archives: May 2014

Jackson County GMO Cultivation Ban Isn’t Really About Contamination

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A recent piece by Xiao Zhi Lim of the Genetic Literacy Project notably counters contamination arguments made by organic farmers in Jackson County, Oregon. Her article “Oregon counties vote on measures to ban GMO farming to guard organic farmers from ‘contamination’” examines how these false concerns have helped organic farmers stifle their competition. In Oregon’s May 20 primary election, “the spotlight was on Jackson County” while residents passed Measure 15-119 which ultimately bans the cultivation Read More >

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SBIR Funds Speed the Delivery of Breakthrough Treatments and Cures

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Today, BIO’s Executive Vice President of Emerging Companies Cartier Esham presented testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business regarding oversight of the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs (SBIR/STTR). Dr. Esham emphasized that SBIR plays a critical role in supporting small biotech companies and funding their early-stage research as they navigate the “valley of death,” a critical time when the scientific concepts have shown promise but the Read More >

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Warning: What You Need To Know, If Going To BIO!

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The following article, reproduced in full below, was originally published at Life Science Leader. This year’s BIO International Convention will take place in San Diego from June 23 to 26. Going to BIO is like going to the Louvre in Paris or the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., because even with extensive planning, you can’t possibly see everything. What I hate about the BIO event is that there are so many sessions, so many booths, and so little time. You Read More >

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BIO Innovation Zone Company Snapshots: Humanetics Corporation

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Next month in San Diego at the BIO International Convention, BIO will be partnering with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science foundation (NSF) to host the first-ever BIO Innovation Zone. The Zone will feature Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funded early-stage biotech companies. The SBIR/STTR program provides U.S. federal funding to small businesses engaged in research with the potential for commercialization. Companies are rigorously vetted through the NIH and NSF SBIR review process prior to Read More >

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Want to Increase Food Insecurity in New York? Label GMOs!

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In January 2014, the New York GMO Labeling Bill A.3525 was introduced to require that food or food products containing a genetically modified material or that are produced with a genetically modified material to be labeled. According to www.feedingamerica.org, “one in six American consumers goes to bed hungry. One contributory factor being that food prices are too high.” If the GMO Labeling bill in New York were to pass, grocery costs would rise and the Read More >

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