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Puerto Rico: The New Hub for Ag-Biotech Innovation


 “Biotechnology Innovation—the union of scientific discovery and capital can flourish in a supportive research and regulatory environment. Key policy principles will help facilitate the discovery, development, and commercialization of biotech products that will fight disease, feed the hungry and improve the environment”-BIO 2014 A quote that wholly describes the agricultural climate of Puerto Rico.  The country offers a perfect location, climate, great soil quality, inviting regulatory system, three pronounced academic/research programs and friendly biotech work Read More >

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1 of the 2,000 Articles Supporting GMO Safety


On Thursday July 24, 2014, The Huffington Post published a blog titled Genetically-Modified Organisms (GMOs) Have NOT Been Proven Safe. The title alone made me question the author’s integrity. Personally, I was expecting the author to cite some academic sources to make such a claim; after reading the blog, it was clear that the author’s title did not reflect the true narrative of her logic. Her main argument for making this bold claim is that Read More >

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Treating Hepatitis C: Too Costly Not to Act


Today, The Hill published an op-ed – Treating hepatitis C: Too costly not to act – by California Healthcare Institute’s Todd Gillenwater on the value of breakthrough Hepatitis C medicines that cure the disease in the majority of patients. As Gillenwater asserts, “New hepatitis C drugs mark a paradigm shift – from a model of somewhat iffy but costly chronic care to a model of short-term curative treatment with equal or slightly lower costs paid Read More >

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DOE Biomass 2014 Conference Highlights Renewable Chemicals

Brent Erickson

This week, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) hosted its seventh annual conference—Biomass 2014: Growing the Future Bioeconomy, focusing on innovative technologies, financing strategies, and public policies needed to grow the bioeconomy. Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial and Environmental Section, spoke at a Plenary Session titled Policy Challenges and Opportunities for Growing the Bioeconomy, at which the head’s of several Washington trade groups discussed meeting the challenges and leveraging opportunities that Read More >

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Biotech CEOs Speak Out on JOBS Act Success

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Enacted in April 2012, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act makes the pathway to capital formation more attainable for small biotechnology companies, clearing the way for American innovation and ingenuity by removing bureaucratic hurdles and red tape to speed cures and medical breakthroughs to patients. The JOBS Act reached a major milestone last week, with the 100th company going public under its provisions. On October 7th at the 13th Annual BIO Investor Forum, we Read More >

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