Monthly Archives: July 2014

Biotech Stocks: Perspective in a Bull Market

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Investors are increasingly interested in biotechnology based on scientific breakthroughs, an improved regulatory environment, strong earnings growth from large companies, and a more mature industry. Recent advancements in biotechnology are revolutionizing treatments and cures for many illnesses, creating new value for the healthcare system. In 2013, our understanding of how therapeutics can be used to harness the immune system to destroy cancer cells exploded with many companies reporting solid data in human testing. In 2014, Read More >

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Global Perspectives on the Benefits of Biotech Crops

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Three farmers, each from a different developing country, recently shared their perspectives on GMO Answers about how biotech crops can contribute to improved food security – growing more food using fewer resources, with seeds that help farmers adapt to changing climate conditions. Gilbert Arap Bor writes how biotech seeds, currently banned in Kenya, could help address devastating yield loss due to plant disease: In Kenya, there is hope that 2014 will bring a lifting of Read More >

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Jim Greenwood Talks 21st Century Cures with Chairman Fred Upton

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Recently, BIO CEO and President Jim Greenwood sat down with House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) to talk about the Committee’s 21st Century Cures initiative, which seeks to “determine what steps we can take to ensure we are taking full advantage of the advances this country has made in science” to speed and improve drug discovery, development and delivery.  This is a bipartisan effort Chairman Upton and the committee are undertaking with the Read More >

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BIO Moves Ag-biotech Advocacy into the 21st Century

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With a record number of proposed state GMO labeling laws in the works, it is critical now more than ever for public officials to hear from supporters of modern agriculture. BIO has officially launched what is known as agaction.bio.org. This online advocacy tool will more efficiently link supporters of agricultural biotechnology with policymakers and lawmakers in Washington, D.C. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are a major topic of discussion today. Across our society, media, and the Read More >

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The Cancer Death-Panel App

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In an article for the New York Post, Robert Goldberg, vice president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, wrote about an app that will use an algorithm like those health plans apply to limit access to innovative treatments: “At ASCO’s national conference, Dr. Lee Newcomer, United Healthcare’s medical director, said the ‘motives [of insurers] are viewed with suspicion when it comes to deciding whether a treatment is cost-effective. So having ASCO play Read More >

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