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The Many Definitions of Synthetic Biology

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Today, June 16, 2015, attendees had access to several robust sessions during our Industrial & Environmental program at BIO 2015. Panelists during the second breakout session, Industrial Biotech’s Mighty Microbes Provide Cleaner and Greener Future, discussed where we came from and where we are today with the technologies to improve how everyday products are made. Specifically, the panel spoke on how they or their companies have used synthetic biology to make better and greener products for consumers. Kevin Read More >

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Expanding the Role of Patients in Drug Development

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Working alongside scientists, universities, and biotech companies, patients and patient organizations have the ability to play a critical role in the search for treatments and cures for chronic and deadly diseases.  As part of the 5th authorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA V), the Food and Drug Administration made a commitment to more systematically gather patients’ perspectives on their condition and the available therapies in order to incorporate these findings into their Read More >

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Tuesday Recap of BIO 2015: What the Official Bloggers Have to Say

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Everyday our BIO Official Bloggers, writers who are on top of the biotechnology beat, release statements about their experience at the BIO International Convention. Here is what they want to share with you today: Nature Author Lisa Melton reflects on a panel discussion she attended Monday titled “The BIOethics of drug development: you decide” in her post BIO2015 Day 1: Ethics. The panel set up a mock company and a mock drug in clinical trial, Read More >

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BIO 2015 Kicks Off: Patient-Focused Drug Development Key Theme of Day One

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The BIO International Convention kicked off in Philadelphia today with a strong emphasis on patient-focused drug development as a seismic shift in the way drugs are developed and delivered. The luncheon keynote featured a discussion with News Anchor and Journalist Tom Brokaw interviewed by BIO’s Jim Greenwood, in which Brokaw shared his experience and perspective as a patient. Brokaw recently authored a book about his experiences as a Multiple Myeloma patient – A Lucky Life Interrupted. Read More >

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Legislative Best Practices in Support of Bioscience Economic Development

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Despite a difficult economic environment the past couple years, states across the country have found that a number of factors are key to attracting new bioscience industry and helping current bioscience companies thrive in their states. In particular, state initiatives that focus on capital formation, workforce development and a supportive business environment have been key to the success of states that want to grow their bioscience industry In a session titled “Legislative Best Practices in Read More >

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