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Moving Inside the Beltway: Brief Health Roundup

Moving Inside the Beltway: Brief Health Roundup

We are working to move the following legislation forward: Immigration: S. 744, The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, includes provisions that would ensure employers with greater access to U.S.-trained immigrant scientists and engineers, and we are working to ensure that remains the case. As drafted, S. 744 would raise the cap on H-1B visas from 65,000 to 110,000, with an option to elevate the cap up to 180,000 based on market demand Read More >

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SBIR Reauthorization Moves Forward

SBIR Reauthorization Moves Forward

NIH has reissued its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Omnibus Grant Solicitation announcement, which states that small businesses that are majority-owned by multiple venture capital operating companies are eligible to apply for (1) these SBIR grants and (2) any other NIH SBIR funding opportunities announced after January 28, 2013.  The NIH grant solicitation announcement can be found here. With this re-issuance, small businesses that are majority-owned by multiple venture capital operating companies (VCOCs), hedge funds Read More >

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IP in Latin America: Growing Recognition of the Importance of IP to Innovation

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The Inter-American Dialogue’s daily Latin America Advisor recently asked the question “How seriously do Latin American countries protect IP rights?”  The editors asked various stakeholders about the U.S. Trade Representative’s Special 301 Report and its evaluation of Latin America’s protection of IP rights.  BIO’s Director for International Affairs, Meredith Fensom, commented on the growth of the innovative biotechnology sectors in Latin America and the critical role intellectual property plays.  ”The presence of more than 60 Read More >

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The Farm Bill Levels the Playing Field for Rural Americans

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Just one week after insulting immigrants with the release of a flawed study, the Heritage Foundation gave the back of its hand to rural Americans with a counterfactual attack on the Farm Bill. The Heritage Foundation, in a posting on its Foundry blog, dismissed grant and loan programs for renewable energy as “green” subsidies, advising rural Americans to wait until the free market provides them the capital to improve energy efficiency, build renewable energy projects Read More >

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Make Medical Research a National Priority

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Biomedical and health research fuels private sector innovation and the development of new therapies and devices to prevent and fight disease. Funding cuts threaten scientific discoveries that could lead to new therapies and potential cures for deadly disease. In recent months, thought leaders in medical research have taken their message public to demonstrate the medical, economic and competitive advantages of government investment in research. We must reinforce the message to members of Congress during the Read More >

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