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AP Poll Shows Support for GMO Labeling Lessens

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New AP poll finds 66% of Americans back GMO labeling — far lower than the 93% in the 2013 New York Times Poll, Mary Clare Jalonick of the Associated Press reports: burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/201… According to a December Associated Press-GfK poll, 66 percent of Americans favor requiring food manufacturers to put labels on products that contain genetically modified organisms, or foods grown from seeds engineered in labs. Only 7 percent are opposed to the idea, and 24 percent are Read More >

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Op-Ed in Forbes on the Threat to Philanthropy

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This week, Howard Husock extols the benefits of venture philanthropy through this Forbes op-ed. In the op-ed, Husock points out that private entities conduct a significant portion of applied research toward new drug development as referenced in this 2008 Manhattan Institute paper, “The Truth About Drug Innovation”, co-authored by two researchers from the Tufts University Center for the Study of Drug Development, and Institute Fellow Benjamin Zycher: “. . .among. . . thirty-five drugs and Read More >

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Announcing the BIO/Bloomberg Intelligence: 2015 Biotech Industry Outlook Survey

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Click here for the BIO/Bloomberg Intelligence: 2015 Biotech Industry Outlook Survey. Your investment plans and budgets all include growth assumptions and market forecasts. Can you trust them? 2014 was another banner year for biotech IPOs, with 81 companies in our industry going public, an increase of nearly 90 percent over 2013. Now we turn our attention to the year ahead and what we can expect. More blue skies or dark clouds?  M&A surpassing last year Read More >

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Chairman Upton and Rep. DeGette Op-Ed: Can We Find Cures for 7,000 Diseases?

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In a CNN.com op-ed, Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO) provide highlights of policies that they intend to propose to help get more cures and treatments for the more than 7,000 diseases for which only 500 have cures and treatments. Chairman Upton and Rep. DeGette launched the 21st Century Cures Initiative to identify areas of reform to help ‘close the gap between the science of medicine and the Read More >

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Are GMO Bananas on the Horizon?

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Tony Leys of The Des Moines Register covered a recent story on the potential for GM bananas. While we provide a highlight of his article “Yes, we have no GMO bananas. For now.”, we encourage you to read it in its entirety. A plan to have Iowa State University students eat genetically modified bananas has been delayed, apparently because of issues in shipping the fruit. The bananas, created by an Australian scientist, contain a gene that is supposed to help people living Read More >

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