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Research: Working Together Toward Cures

Jim Greenwood

Modern biomedical innovation and the discovery of new cures and therapies for devastating diseases require robust collaboration and coordination among industry, research institutions and physicians. By bringing together the brightest minds in medical research, our nation’s research enterprise has successfully brought hundreds of new drugs, biologics, and vaccines to market in recent years and developed a wealth of clinical prescribing information. Ongoing research is advancing the fight against some of humanity’s worst scourges, such as Read More >

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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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Southern California Biotech Magnet School will Prepare Next Gen Workforce

Students participate in the Del Lago Academy Science Camp

Despite increasing global competition, the United States remains the most innovative country on the planet. This competition, of course, is good because it means education and research are growing in the rest of the world. There is some debate as to whether or not this nation is facing a potential hi-tech labor shortage. Though, one thing is certain – teaching science, math, and technology to all kids is so important. This is not just because Read More >

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