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“When Genetic Engineering Came Of Age”

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October 29 was the 30th anniversary of the approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of human insulin synthesized in genetically engineered bacteria. In an article for Forbes, Henry Miller, the founding director of the FDA’s Office of Biotechnology, marked the anniversary and commented on today’s regulatory environment: “Regulators have adopted a highly risk-averse and even adversarial mindset, few new drugs are approved without convening extramural advisory committees, and decisions are sometimes hijacked by Read More >

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Sacrificing Energy Independence is Not the Solution

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This past summer, as parts of the Midwest faced historic droughts and farmers and ranchers struggled with the impact of failing crops, a group of governors petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend the federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) as a way to provide relief. As temperatures cool and the drought stabilizes, it’s clear that government programs to provide emergency assistance for farmers and ranchers worked as intended. Yet, the call to suspend the Read More >

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Spreading BIO’s Message at the National Political Conventions

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Next week, the Republican National Convention kicks-off in Tampa, Florida. The week after that, the Democratic National Convention will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina. Aside from the nomination of the national party tickets and the tremendous media coverage generated by these events, key opinion leaders from both parties will converge on these cities to participate in this uniquely American process. An important component of our ongoing advocacy work is to educate these key decision Read More >

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2 FIELDS 1 GOAL: Protecting the Integrity of Science and Sport

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In just over a week, the eyes of the world will fall on London as the city hosts the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympics.  Millions of people from around the globe will watch in awe as the world’s greatest athletes enthrall and inspire us, remind us of our common humanity and showcase the triumph of the human spirit as these amazing athletes push the limits of their physical capabilities. Sadly, some competitors succumb Read More >

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Senator John Kerry and the 2012 BIO International Convention

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One of our scheduled keynote speakers at the 2012 BIO International Convention in Boston was Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts. Unfortunately the Senator was unable to join us as planned when his duties kept him in Washington, DC for votes on important legislation. Senator Kerry has been a strong supporter of biomedical innovation. During the health care reform debate, Senator Kerry strongly supported and fought for a 12-year data exclusivity period for innovative biomedicines and Read More >

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