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Biotechnology Delivers Medical Discoveries to Benefit Women Facing Breast Cancer

Marc S. Hurlbert

By Marc S. Hurlbert, Ph.D., Executive Director, Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade The field of breast cancer has witnessed remarkable progress due to dedicated biotechnology and academic scientists, advocates, patients, nurses and physicians. Sixty years ago, a woman diagnosed with early stage breast cancer had less than a 55 percent chance of living 10 years, while today those odds are greater than 85 percent. We have made great advances in detecting cancer early with imaging including Read More >

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Moving Beyond the Stem Cell Stalemate

Michael Werner

By Michael J. Werner, Alliance for Regenerative Medicine For the past several years, attendees at the World Stem Cell Summit have focused their energies primarily on legislative and legal efforts to protect human embryonic stem cell research. When folks gather at this year’s meeting, they will once again confront the reality that research opponents will continue to try to block these efforts. James Sherley has filed an appeal to the US Court of Appeals, DC Circuit Read More >

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Is Animal Biotechnology Progressing?

David Edwards

By David Edwards, PhD Director, Animal Biotechnology, BIO One year ago, I was pleased to testify before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee (VMAC).  The FDA convened its VMAC meetings on September 19-21, 2010 to discuss an application for a genetically engineered (GE) salmon. Developed by Massachusetts-based AquaBounty Technologies, a BIO member, the AquAdvantage salmon has been genetically engineered to grow year-round.  Conventional salmon only grow in warmer months.  This Read More >

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Biotechnology Industry Initiative to Improve U.S. Science Education

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By Bianca Blanks, Biotechnology Institute Industry responds to President’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign with “Scientists in the Classroom” initiative The Biotechnology Institute supports STEM education and has a vision to capture the imagination of youth, to inspire the next generation to learn life science and biotechnology, and transform society’s expectations so that all citizens may appreciate the importance of biotechnology to society. The Biotechnology Institute’s Scientists in the Classroom initiative is the life science industry’s Read More >

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Research!America Report: Investment in Health Research Remains Stagnant

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By Research!America The U.S. public and private sectors invested $140.5 billion in 2010 on research to find new ways to treat, cure and prevent disease and disability, according to Research!America’s latest annual estimate. Health research spending accounted for only 5.5% of the $2.6 trillion the U.S. spent on health care in 2010. Health research as a percentage of health care spending has hovered around 5.5% since 2005, remaining essentially stagnant. Investment in health research experienced Read More >

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