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Jim Greenwood Talks 21st Century Cures with Chairman Fred Upton

21st Century Cures Act

Recently, BIO CEO and President Jim Greenwood sat down with House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) to talk about the Committee’s 21st Century Cures initiative, which seeks to “determine what steps we can take to ensure we are taking full advantage of the advances this country has made in science” to speed and improve drug discovery, development and delivery.  This is a bipartisan effort Chairman Upton and the committee are undertaking with the Read More >

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BIO Moves Ag-biotech Advocacy into the 21st Century


With a record number of proposed state GMO labeling laws in the works, it is critical now more than ever for public officials to hear from supporters of modern agriculture. BIO has officially launched what is known as This online advocacy tool will more efficiently link supporters of agricultural biotechnology with policymakers and lawmakers in Washington, D.C. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are a major topic of discussion today. Across our society, media, and the Read More >

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The Cancer Death-Panel App

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In an article for the New York Post, Robert Goldberg, vice president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, wrote about an app that will use an algorithm like those health plans apply to limit access to innovative treatments: “At ASCO’s national conference, Dr. Lee Newcomer, United Healthcare’s medical director, said the ‘motives [of insurers] are viewed with suspicion when it comes to deciding whether a treatment is cost-effective. So having ASCO play Read More >

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Grass Stains, Flip Flops, Water Fights… and Biotech!


July is notorious for the beaming rays and hot summer weather. Luckily our atmosphere protects most harmful rays, but still ultraviolet radiation (UV waves) can lead to sunburns, premature aging of the skin, suppression of the immune system, eye damage and most dangerously: skin cancer. Obviously, there are simple precautions you can take to protect yourself from the rays; such as wearing sunscreen and re-applying it throughout the day as well as wearing proper clothing. Read More >

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Chicago Tribune Makes a Case for GMOs


The editorial board of the Chicago Tribune recently wrote a great piece arguing why this state-by-state push for mandatory labeling of genetically modified food would do more to “frighten people than to inform them.” Editorial: The case for genetically modified food “Vermont recently joined two other New England states and passed a law to require labels on food that contains genetically modifed ingredients. Similar labeling laws have been proposed in two dozen other states, including Illinois. Read More >

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