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Bayh Dole Act a failure?

By Guest Writer Joseph Allen One hotly debated topic in Washington of real importance to the biotechnology community is how well the annual multi-billion dollar federal investment in R&D is being translated into new products, jobs and companies needed to improve the lives of US taxpayers and help pull the US economy out of its current doldrums.  An interesting insight on the debate is captured in a Washington Post article “Innovation’s golden opportunity” that ran Read More >

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FDA: How can we improve it?

Stephen Sherwin MD

By Stephen Sherwin, Former Chairman of BIO As Congress and the President work together to hammer out a new, national economic roadmap, it is important to point out to those working in, and interested in, our industry that we too have recently assembled a roadmap – one designed to fully realize the promise our industry holds for people everywhere. Several weeks ago, at the 2011 BIO International Convention in Washington, DC, BIO unveiled its first ever 5 Read More >

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Biotech addresses food security, climate change: Potential economic growth engine

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By Jose W. Fernandez, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs By 2050, the global population will surpass 9 billion and require nearly a doubling of agricultural output to provide an adequate food supply. At the same time, the world’s agricultural system will be increasingly challenged by water scarcity and climate change, raising the risk of production shortfalls in a world where over 800 million people are already undernourished. A challenge like Read More >

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Our commitments to help heal, fuel and feed the world

Stephen Sherwin MD

By Stephen Sherwin, Former Chairman of BIO All of us who have chosen careers in biotech began our journey because we passionately believe in the ability of our industry to improve the human condition. For many of us, this means devoting our career to improving the treatment of incurable diseases. For others, this means employing the power of biotech to provide high-quality and healthy food for everyone on this planet. And, for still others it Read More >

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Managing Biotech Technological Innovation in a New Era

Written by Kelly Cappio, BIO. This session focused on technological innovations and how they can be used to prevent, identify, or respond to new natural or man-made threats. As stated by Dr. Alan Rudolph, “We face a very dynamic threat space.” Dr. Rudolph, Director of the Chemical and Biological Technologies Directorate at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, discussed the strategic thrust of the agency and its recent focus on new diagnostic technologies, such as MIMIC, Read More >

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