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Renewing the Project BioShield Act: What Has It Bought and Wrought?

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In the next several months, the U.S. Government will decide whether to continue the funding and authorities associated with Project BioShield, which expanded the U.S. stockpile of medical countermeasures (MCMs) for potential chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) attacks. Congress established Project BioShield in 2004 and provided $5.68B for procurement over 10 years. Two years later, it created the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to oversee BioShield’s advanced development and procurement efforts. To Read More >

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CDC Addresses Flu Vaccine Shortage

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Did you get your flu shot this year? With 48 states reporting widespread influenza activity, flu season has come on fast and strong. As of the second week in January, according to data released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 29 children have died and 5,249 Americans have been hospitalized for flu-associated conditions. What’s been most worrisome, GEN’s Alex Philippidis writes, is that there have been spot shortages of the vaccine despite manufacturers producing 145 Read More >

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Auto Injectors & Pen Injectors: Differentiating Products in Asia Pacific

Steven Kaufman

Asia Pacific, with its mix of mature and emerging pharmaceutical markets and strong indigenous R&D capabilities, has no doubt already become a prominent driving force for the current and future global pharmaceutical industry with reports projecting the industry in this region to grow at a CAGR of 10 percent between 2012 and 2015. As the third largest pharmaceutical market following North America and Europe, Asia Pacific offers an immense potential for multinational pharmaceutical companies not Read More >

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My family farm isn’t under “corporate control”

Brian Scott

On CNN’s blog, “Eatocracy”, Indiana farmer Brian Scott challenges the myth that farmers are slaves to “Big Ag” and explains from first-hand experience how biotech seed contracts work. In his blog post titled, “My family farm isn’t under ‘corporate control’“, Scott posts a copy of an actual technology agreement he signed, and explains how such agreements help him to operate the farm in the manner his family chooses. Among the requirements of technology and stewardship Read More >

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The Presidential Inaugural: BIO Stands Ready to work with President Obama

Jim Greenwood

Today we congratulate President Obama on his swearing-in as President of the United States. BIO looks forward to continuing to work with the president and his administration over the next four years to craft policies that will help create jobs, propel continued innovation, and increase our nation’s competitiveness in the global marketplace. The United States remains the world leader in biotechnology. Our nation’s biotechnology industry is comprised of scientists, entrepreneurs and large and small companies Read More >

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