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New Bill Calls for No WTO-Plus Benefits for Countries that Violate IP

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A new Bill in the U.S. House of Representatives seeks to remove WTO-plus trade benefits the United States provides to countries that disrespect intellectual property rights.  On September 20, 2013, Representative Terry introduced the “Playing Fair on Trade and Innovation Act.”  The Bill would deem countries ineligible for the Generalized System of Preferences program (GSP) if that country “fails to provide adequate and effective protection for intellectual property rights” or “maintains local content requirements…”  GSP Read More >

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BIO Investor Forum to Showcase NSF-funded Companies

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No risk, no reward—that’s the concept driving the startups and entrepreneurs scheduled to present at next week’s 12th Annual BIO Investor Forum as a part of the newly-announced National Science Foundation (NSF) track of presenting companies. Expanding on the success of the Discovery Track Presentations, the 2013 BIO Investor Forum will feature a dedicated track of 10 NSF-funded companies focused on drug discovery, diagnostics and other related technologies. The companies are supported by the NSF Small Read More >

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100+ Ag Organizations and Academics Applaud World Food Prize’s Biotech Focus

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The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.  The Prize recognizes contributions in any field involved in the world food supply – food and agriculture science and technology, manufacturing, marketing, nutrition, economics, poverty alleviation, political leadership and the social sciences.  It emphasizes the importance of a nutritious and sustainable food supply for all Read More >

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JOBS Act Deconstructed: Regulatory Relief

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More than 40 biotech companies have gone public using provisions made available to emerging growth companies through the JOBS Act. BIOtechNOW’s JOBS Act Deconstructed series will explore why it has had such an impact on biotech offerings and how emerging companies can leverage the new law to their best advantage. The JOBS Act marks a key departure from the previous one-size-fits-all regulatory approach for companies conducting a public offering.  Emerging growth companies (EGCs) are now subject Read More >

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The New Demand for Biotech Industry Talent

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Biotechnology is a multi-disciplinary field involving the integration of knowledge and skills drawn from numerous disciplines, such as microbiology, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology and chemistry. Traditionally, the field of biotechnology has required a workforce with a wide array of highly specialized skills and training. Interestingly though, a shift has begun to take place, favoring people with interdisciplinary academic training who can support more than one project team and work across multiple areas. On September 10, Read More >

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