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RFS: Shifting Focus on to Climate Change

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Dueling studies highlight focus on climate impacts of renewable fuel standard. In a recent ClimateWire piece, Environment & Energy reporters Tiffany Stecker and Julia Pyper, highlighted two opposing stances on whether or not biofuels contribute to the increase of greenhouse gas emissions. The Environmental Working Group released a study late June that found U.S. EPA’s proposed cut in the amount of ethanol would “prevent 3 million tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere — the Read More >

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Interactive Science Communication Sessions at 2014 BIO Livestock Biotech Summit

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The 2014 Summit will be held September 16-18, 2014, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Delivering your information about science discoveries to the public is as important as the discoveries themselves, so attendees will get the opportunity to hone their communications techniques during specially produced programming at this year’s Livestock Biotech Summit. “Attendees will hear directly from experts the strategies of how to effectively communicate around animal biotechnology,” said David Read More >

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There’s Biotechnology in Soap? Should I Be Worried?

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On May 30th, 2014 the New York Times released an article entitled “Companies Quietly Apply Biofuel Tools to Household Products.” This title is intentionally alarming to readers because it sounds like biotech companies are secretly sneaking genetic strains into everyday consumer products. But this is even more alarming to BIO because the author failed to do her homework on how the science works.  BIO has for years been touting the fact that biotechnology applications are Read More >

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What Do Large Pharma and Biotech Companies Want to Buy?

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Out-licensors are always asking this fundamental question: what do in-licensors want? “In-licensors” extend far beyond the top 50 companies. At BIO 2013, there were about 1000 drug R&D companies. Approximately 20% were in-licensors and 80% were out-licensors, according to their BIO One-on-One Partnering profiles. According to Thomson Reuters Recap, there were  a little over 700 licensing and joint venture deals in 2013, involving about 500 buy-siders/licensees. For more on buy-side deal trends, see our recorded webinar with Read More >

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California GMO Labeling Bill Fails; Means Win for Consumers

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Patrick McGreevy of The Los Angeles Times reported on SB 1381, the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act. This bill would establish a requirement for companies to disclose if foods sold in California are “genetically engineered” (for raw commodities) to “produced with genetic engineering” or “partially produced with genetic engineering” (for processed foods). McGreevy reaffirmed that the California GMO labeling bill failed in the Senate, 19-16, “just two votes short of the majority Read More >

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