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Opinion: “Florida’s families Depend on a Healthy Attitude Toward biotech”

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Mary Hartney, President of the Florida Fertilizer & Agrichemical Association, recently submitted an opinion piece to The Ledger arguing that Floridians need to develop a healthier attitude towards biotech. In her piece, A Polk Perspective: Florida’s families depend on a healthy attitude toward biotech, explains that as a mother of two teenage daughters she worries over what kind of future they will have if activists block advances in the application of biotechnology. Read below an excerpt of her submission: Florida needs this technology to fight diseases in agriculture Read More >

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ICYMI: Peter Pitts Weighs in on Drug Price Debate

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This week in the Sacramento Bee, Peter J. Pitts, a former U.S. Food and Drug Administration associate commissioner and now president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, wrote an op-ed regarding the ongoing drug pricing debate titled “Rising Drug Prices The Fault Of Insurers, Not Drug Companies.” Pitts lists two essential factors that are often overlooked in this discussion: First, the very real financial pain many Americans feel at the pharmacy counter Read More >

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High Tech Animals Stuck On the Shelf


David Warmflash writes for the Genetic Literacy Project about the challenges being faced by innovators using genetically engineered animals to solve some of the world’s most pressing health, environmental and societal problems.  Warmflash is an astrobiologist, physician and science writer: If genetically modified (GM) and genetically edited (GE) plants face an uphill battle in moving from proof-of-concept to the dinner tables of consumers, then GM and GE animals are up against a proverbial Mount Everest. Read More >

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BUZZ of BIO Winners Announced for the 2016 BIO Investor Forum


BIO is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 BIO Investor Forum Buzz of BIO contest, which recognizes highly innovative companies in the biotech sector. Ten pioneering biotech companies were nominated in each of two categories—Early Stage Entrepreneurs and Late Stage Leaders; voting closed August 23. Sequella, a private, clinical-stage pharmaceutical company, won in the Early Stage Entrepreneurs category. The company is focused on antibiotic-resistant bacterial diseases and improved treatments for serious infectious diseases. Sequella’s stated business Read More >

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Strong U.S. Government “One Health” Coordination


An element to improving human, animal, and environmental health The concept of “One Health” recognizes that the health of people, animals, and the environment are linked. Human population expansion and increased global migration have led to significant land-use changes and urbanization, all of which have an impact on the environment and increase the risk of disease transmission between animals and people. Although increased specialization within scientific disciplines and professions has greatly improved the health and Read More >

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