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South Dakota Gov Daugaard Recieves BIO Food & Ag Award

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This week, BIO presented South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard the first ever food and agriculture Legislator of the Year Award at the 2014 Livestock Biotech Summit. When presenting the award, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood commented that “Governor Daugaard is a true champion of the biotechnology industry and has made investing in and promoting South Dakota’s bioeconomy a hallmark of his time in office. Washington, can learn a thing or two from Governor Daugaard’s Read More >

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CNN: Sandy’s Story

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CNN launched a new series profiling Sandy Halperin, a dentist and Harvard assistant professor, to raise awareness for the devastating impact of Alzheimer’s disease on a patient and his family. Producer Stephanie Smith describes Sandy’s Story as ‘an unprecedented look at the cruel journey of a vibrant, once healthy man as he gradually loses his memory.’ Halperin was diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s disease at age 60. The in-depth package explores the day-to-day reality of Read More >

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Patients Suffering from Gaucher’s Disease Deserve Better

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Gaucher Disease is one of the over 6,000 rare diseases that affect patients worldwide, representing a frontier of unmet medical need [NCATS, NIH]. The challenges for drug development generally—long and costly research and development timelines—are exacerbated by the inherently small patient populations affected by rare diseases. These patients can be difficult to identify and geographically dispersed and their clinical presentation can be quite disparate, complicating the design and recruitment for clinical trials used to determine Read More >

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BIO Participating in IDSA Stakeholder Group on Antimicrobial Resistance

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BIO will be participating in a newly formed partnership which will work collaboratively to inform federal policy and find ways to better combat the growing crisis of antimicrobial resistance. Launched yesterday by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), which also released foundation principles for the group, the U.S. Stakeholder Forum on Antimicrobial Resistance (S-FAR) will hold its inaugural meeting in Philadelphia next month on October 9th. BIO joins more than 75 other national organizations Read More >

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BIO Submits Amicus Briefs in Braintree v. Novel, Gilead v. Natco, and Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Teva Pharmaceuticals

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BIO has submitted briefs in three recent cases which could significantly impair drug and biotechnology efforts, urging reconsideration and review from both the Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. BIO, in conjunction with PhRMA, submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in Braintree v. Novel, arguing that the majority’s decision creates an unpredictable climate for patent claims. Vacating the prior claim construction precedent which had repeatedly interpreted “a” Read More >

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