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How to Drive International Innovation: Scientific American Worldview

Worldview Super Session

Which countries are winning the innovation game? Will the U.S. maintain its leadership position in the future? Have emerging markets lived up to the hype? Which new partnerships are transforming industries? For the fifth year, Scientific American (SA) released their Worldview: A Global Biotechnology Perspective report at the 2013 BIO International Convention in Chicago. Included in this year’s report is the longest list of country rankings that SA has ever compiled and the numbers reveal Read More >

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RFS Under Fire: History, Significance and Current Issues

RFS Under Fire: History, Significance and Current Issues

Unquestionably, the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is the most important policy affecting the U.S. biofuels industry. It supports the market for first-generation biofuels, creates the market for second-generation biofuels and it is vital to boosting the nation’s reliance on advanced biofuels from non-food-related feedstocks. This pivotal policy, however, has vocal opponents who have filed lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), held Congressional hearings and formed stakeholder coalitions. On Wednesday, BIO ’ s International Convention featured Read More >

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The Affordable Care Act is Here to Stay

The Affordable Care Act is Here to Stay

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 includes provisions that could lead to new and improved treatments, cures and cost savings for patients. All of these changes, however, will impact the biotechnology industry and the future of patient access to needed medicines. In an expert panel at the 2013 BIO International Convention moderated by BioCentury’s Steve Usdin, multiple stakeholders addressed key elements of the ACA focused on both the value the ACA Read More >

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Debt, Taxes and Politics: Is There a Way Out?

Debt, Taxes and Politics: Is There a Way Out?

BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood kicked off a keynote discussion with Sen. Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles at the BIO International Convention, saying public policy can make or break the biotech industry’s best efforts to deliver innovations that make our world a better place, and then asked the esteemed duo if our government can make the tough choices needed to keep our economy strong. “You can’t tax your way out of this hole, you can’t cut spending your Read More >

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Neal Carter on Ag Biotech: It’s Not An Experiment Anymore

Neal Carter on Ag Biotech: It's Not An Experiment Anymore

BIO International Convention attendees filled the Food & Agriculture Pavilion on the Show Floor Wednesday to hear Dr. Neal Carter of Okanagan Specialty Fruits give a presentation he delivered at a TEDx event last October in Penticton, BC on the value of biotechnology in agriculture. Okanagan Specialty Fruits has developed a non-browning apple known as the Arctic Apple  - just one of the many examples of ways biotechnology is improving agriculture. After spending many years as a farmer in Read More >

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