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Biotechnology – Creating a positive political and social environment

Tony Blair at 2011 BIO International Convention

“I think it’s important that government stands up for proper science,” Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said during the Tuesday keynote luncheon at the 2001 BIO International Convention. “You know I had a lot of battles over this when I was prime minister – with various groups.” This was a familiar story to many of the attendees who regularly face a number of social and political hurdles in bringing their innovative products to market: Read More >

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Innovative China: Policies for the Future

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As the second largest and fastest growing market for biotechnology products, China needs no introduction.  The opportunity to heal, fuel, and feed 1.3 billion global citizens stands in clear contrast with the regulatory, financial, and political frameworks that present challenges to the life science industry’s external access to the evolving Chinese market.  On Tuesday at the 2011 BIO International Convention, a panel discussion titled “Innovative China: Policies for the Future” addressed the future of the Read More >

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Tony Blair Talks Biotech

From Snapshot At Monday’s keynote luncheon, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was quizzed about his motives for seeking office and his feelings about the criticism he received for allying with former President Bush. Interesting, but just as I was beginning to wonder if Blair would comment on the biotech industry, he did. Succinctly and with British understatement.  When BIO president Jim Greenwood asked how Blair saw the role of government in advancing biotech, he Read More >

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2011 BIO International Convention: Talent is Talent

From Trade Secrets Even if the total numbers of attendees at BIO is down from its peak, it’s still an incredibly large gathering of diverse people across the biotech spectrum. The exhibit hall is a good reflection of that. I can remember when the hall was just a collection of simple individual company stands – a few employees in a booth, a poster hanging behind them. But as the industry grew, the exhibitors changed; the Read More >

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Perspectives from Brazil, India, Argentina, and South Africa

From PharmaTech Talk At this week’s Partnering for Global  Health Forum, sponsored by BIO and BioVentures for Global Health, in Washington, DC, a unique panel of government leaders from emerging markets discussed what it takes to do business in their countries. Among the panelists were: Argentina’s Lino Barañao, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovative Production; India’s Maharaj K. Bhan, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology; South Africa’s Bongi Gumede, Senior General Manager, Technology Innovation and Marketing, Technology Read More >

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