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Incentivizing Biotech Growth; States and Regions Look to Stand Out from the Crowd


The United States’ prolonged economic woes have drastically impacted state budgets, causing across-the-board program cuts and reassessment of priorities. The bioscience industry was not immune to the crisis, but did begin to rebound much faster than many other industries. Because the biosciences remain a source of high-wage, high-skill jobs, almost every state in the country is actively engaged in building fundamental industry infrastructure. State-sponsored programs to encourage investment and help bioscience companies leverage existing resources Read More >

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KORUS and BIO’s New Senior Vice President for International Affairs

Joseph Damond

Earlier this week, Joseph Damond joined BIO as Senior Vice President of International Affairs.  He brings extensive experience in international affairs, trade and economics, most recently serving as Vice President of International Government Relations at Pfizer, Inc.  He previously served as Deputy Vice President for International Affairs at PhRMA and as the Deputy Assistant for the Asia-Pacific region in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Joe will spearhead BIO’s international trade policy and help Read More >

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Australian Senate Committee Recommends Against Banning ‘Gene Patents’

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The Australian Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee recommended against the Patent Amendment (Human Genes and Biological Materials) which would have banned DNA patents in Australia.  The push by members of the Australian Senate seemed to mirror efforts in the United States surrounding the Myriad case. The Committee found that: “While previous inquiries and public discussions have focused on the patenting of human genes, the Bill goes further and proposes a specific exclusion for biological materials which Read More >

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Technology Transfer Symposium in San Francisco


In the midst of turbulent economic times, and at a moment when the U.S. is looking to encourage technology job creation in the coming decade, an increasing number of public and private sector initiatives have been proposed to spur job creation. While the U.S. leads in the area of biotechnology, there is no guarantee that this competitive edge will continue.  Moreover, although the U.S. is more prolific in life science discoveries than any other single country in the Read More >

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Biotechnology Industry Initiative to Improve U.S. Science Education

President Obama and a student

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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