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The White House Releases its Strategy for Restoring Pollinator Habitats

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Today, The White House released its National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators, calling for the restoration or enhancement of 7 million acres of land for pollinators over the next five years through federal actions and public/private partnerships. AgriPulse covered the announcement: Other goals of the strategy are to reduce honey bee colony losses during the winter months to no more than 15 percent within 10 years, and to increase the Read More >

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BIO Innovation Zone Company Snapshots: ONL Therapeutics and Lipella Pharmaceuticals

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Next month in Philadelphia at the BIO International Convention, BIO will be partnering with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science foundation (NSF) to host the 2nd annual, newly-expanded BIO Innovation Zone. The Zone will feature Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funded early-stage biotech companies. The SBIR/STTR program provides U.S. federal funding to small businesses engaged in research with the potential for commercialization. Each of the companies has been rigorously vetted through the SBIR/STTR review process prior Read More >

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Is a National Fund to Promote Organic Produce a Good Idea?

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Slate recently posted an interesting discussion about the Organic Trade Associations’ requested check-off program. “Checkoff” programs are essentially taxes that farmers pay to a national fund, the revenue from which is used to promote (“market”) the consumption of commodities like pork, beef, eggs, and milk. Checkoff programs’ activities can take the form of generic advertising campaigns, or they can look more like political lobbying. According to Slate, this tax may now be extended to the organic Read More >

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Leading MIT Scientist, Professor and Entrepreneur, Robert Langer, to Speak at BIO 2015

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In a recent Boston Globe article, MIT standout and Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering recipient, Robert Langer, discusses the highlights and challenges facing our industry. He emphasized all of the progressive work being done on the drug-delivery system, collaborations with the Bill Gates foundation for the Third World and the work on nanotechs in the lab, specifically trying to deliver different kinds of gene therapy and drugs in general. “There’s so much great work going Read More >

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GMO Answers and Ben & Jerry’s Face-Off at the 2015 SXSW

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At SXSW Interactive 2015, Ben & Jerry’s Social Mission Activism Manager Chris Miller and (former) Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information Cathy Enright addressed the question “Can Common Food Goals Find Common Ground?” In an hour long discussion, Enright and Miller addressed transparency in our food system, sustainability in agriculture and the notion of the consumer’s right to know what’s in their food. The panel was moderated by Tamar Haspel of The Washington Post. This Read More >

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