Author Archive: Tracy Cooley

Tracy Cooley

Tracy serves as the Director of Events Communications and handles all communications for BIO’s events and emerging company policy issues. She loves blogging and podcasting on all things biotech and believes in the great potential of the industry, looking for every opportunity to spread the message far and wide. Nearly everyone in her family is a golfer, and as such, she has what many people have called a “natural” swing. Sometimes she even hits the ball. Tracy just finished her ninth marathon, and has nearly mastered the skill of one-foot-in-front-of-the-other (usually, sometimes the laces get in the way). The joy of her life is her five-year-old daughter Josephine.

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National Patient Advocate Foundation: Cancer Patients are Being Left Behind

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Roll Call published a commentary today by Nancy Davenport-Ennis of the National Patient Advocate Foundation on the effects of the sequester on cancer care. The op ed states that these ‘cuts are shown to directly impact patients through higher copayments, longer travel times and increased travel expenses, visits to multiple providers and locations for care and services, and delays seeking treatment even as cancer progresses.’  Despite these facts, some have called for even deeper cuts Read More >

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Moving Inside the Beltway: Brief Health Roundup

Moving Inside the Beltway: Brief Health Roundup

We are working to move the following legislation forward: Immigration: S. 744, The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, includes provisions that would ensure employers with greater access to U.S.-trained immigrant scientists and engineers, and we are working to ensure that remains the case. As drafted, S. 744 would raise the cap on H-1B visas from 65,000 to 110,000, with an option to elevate the cap up to 180,000 based on market demand Read More >

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SBIR Reauthorization Moves Forward

SBIR Reauthorization Moves Forward

NIH has reissued its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Omnibus Grant Solicitation announcement, which states that small businesses that are majority-owned by multiple venture capital operating companies are eligible to apply for (1) these SBIR grants and (2) any other NIH SBIR funding opportunities announced after January 28, 2013.  The NIH grant solicitation announcement can be found here. With this re-issuance, small businesses that are majority-owned by multiple venture capital operating companies (VCOCs), hedge funds Read More >

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Inside Health Policy: Clearing Up Confusion About Bills Updating Vaccine Tax Code

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Inside Health Policy’s Alaina Busch wrote a story today on confusion that has been spreading recently related to vaccines excise legislation. Vaccines protect people from seasonal flu, and new strains have recently been approved to further protect public health. As such, the vaccine excise tax must in turn be updated to include recent approvals. S. 391 and H.R. 475 update the existing excise tax to cover the newest seasonal influenza vaccines. The legislation does not Read More >

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How Countries Can Boost Their Biotech Industry

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How can countries and regions boost the biotech industry within their borders? Working with several member companies, BIO developed a Global Policy Platform to serve as a roadmap for policymakers seeking to create an environment for the biotech industry to grow and prosper. These policy principles include four components: (i) research collaboration; (ii) intellectual property rights; (iii) regulatory approval; and (iv) market access. In addition, the Global Policy Platform includes best practices from around the Read More >

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