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It’s Earth Day 2013 Modern Farming Raises the Bar

Today, as thousands of attendees assemble for the 2013 BIO International Convention, the world celebrates Earth Day. This is fitting as biotechnology in agriculture has helped to revolutionize farming and make it more environmentally friendly. Not only are the world’s farmers producing more food than ever before, they’re able to do it in ways that conserve water, preserve soil nutrients, lessen the need for pesticide applications and reduce carbon emissions. Reducing Emissions No-till or low-till Read More >

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Patients are the Missing Link in R&D

Elias Zerhouni

An architect does not wait until construction begins to show clients a blueprint. Neither does a caterer prepare a banquet meal without consulting first with the host. In biopharmaceutical science, however, for too long we have developed medicines without engaging patients early on and throughout the process. If scientific innovation is to truly be innovative, we need to be more interested in the people our products will help. We need to rethink innovation. The model we’ve used in healthcare Read More >

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Welcome to Chicago, a City with Something for Everyone

Anna Protopapas

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Chicago for the 2013 BIO International Convention. Chicago is one of the world’s most vibrant and sophisticated cities and has a wealth of things to see and do. Here are some of the things I like to do when I’m in town. Our iconic sites If you only have time to do one thing while in town, I recommend a trip to Millennium Park, the city’s 25-acre Read More >

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Patent Utility Requirements for Biopharmaceutical Inventions: How Much is Enough?

Credit: Andrea Sivarsson

A debate between the innovative and generic perspectives on pharmaceutical patent law in Canada, moderated by David Kappos, will be held in Chicago on Monday April 22nd from 2:30-3:30pm in room S404A at this year’s BIO International Convention. Former Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Director David J. Kappos will moderate a panel of legal experts who will discuss recent developments in the area of patent utility and its implications for biopharmaceutical innovation.  Read More >

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Cranial Connections: Ontario’s Brain Research is Hardwired for Success

Moridi

Ontario has long been a leader in life sciences research and technology with brain exploration now taking centre-stage. Most recently, the provincial government committed $100 million to the Ontario Brain Institute, (OBI).  An independent nonprofit formed in 2010, the OBI  will help researchers and business leaders develop new treatments for neurological conditions ranging from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s to intractable epilepsy, cerebral palsy, autism and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. Headquartered in Toronto – a region that Read More >

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