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Jerry Pommer: Livestock Biotech Conference Preview

BIOtech Now visited with Jerry Pommer, Director of Animal Regulatory Compliance and Quality Assurance for Hematech, Inc. in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Jerry is a member of the program steering committee for BIO’s first-ever Livestock Biotech Summit, which  will provide participants with three days of cross-cutting discussions among industry, academic and government leaders on the care and use of animals in research and the many possibilities in the realm of GE animal research, regulation, and Read More >

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FDA Sets VMAC Meeting to Consider Genetically Engineered Salmon

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today it will convene its Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee (VMAC) to consider a salmon that has been genetically engineered to reach its market weight in half the time of conventionally raised salmon.  The VMAC meeting, part of a rigorous regulatory process required to assess such technologies before being approved for commercialization is scheduled for September 19-20.  At this meeting, the Committee will hear from independent experts about Read More >

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Modern Farming: America’s Wisest Energy Investment

Be sure to read Stephen Budiansky’s opinion piece in the August 19th New York Times.  Budiansky dispels a number of the myths associated with the “virtues” of locally-grown foods and applauds our modern American agriculture system.  Whether you prefer biotech, conventional or organic production, you can’t argue that our country serves up the safest, most abundant, affordable and efficient food supply in the world.  Agriculture accounts for just 2 percent of our nation’s energy usage; Read More >

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BIO Finalizes Impressive Program for Livestock Biotech Summit

Animal Ag Experts to Gather in Sioux Falls, September 28-30 The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) is pleased to announce additional speakers and sessions for its Livestock Biotech Summit, the first national industry conference on genetically engineered (GE) animal technologies.  Scheduled for September 28-30, in Sioux Falls, S.D., this first-ever Summit of its kind will provide participants three days of cross-cutting discussions among industry, academic and government leaders, including:  Care and Use of Livestock in Biomedical Read More >

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Biotech Livestock Come of Age at BIO’s Livestock Biotech Summit

The genetic engineering of animals can produce animals that are resistant to deadly diseases, reduce their carbon footprint, and produce proteins used in human pharmaceuticals and other health therapies.  The field, still in its early stages a few years ago, has undergone some dramatic changes in the last several years. For example, in June 2008, BIO released a report at its International Convention.  The report, Genetically Engineered Animals and Public Health – Compelling Benefits for Read More >

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