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20th Anniversary of the BIO International Convention

Jim Greenwood

Next year BIO will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the BIO International Convention April 22-25 in Chicago. From a small beginning, our convention has grown into the most influential biotech meeting in the world, attracting more than 16,500 attendees from 65 countries and providing a wide array of education, exhibits and networking opportunities — including more than 25,000 partnering meetings expected during the 4-day event. As we look forward to the upcoming Convention, I cannot Read More >

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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

Jim Greenwood

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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