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San Francisco Business Times: Two JOBS Acts are better than one

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Today, the San Francisco Business Times published an op-ed by OncoMed President and CEO Paul Hastings lauding the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS) Act for giving emerging biotech companies a much-needed boost. As Hastings points out, 80-plus companies will have gone public in the last two years with the help of the JOBS Act. As the biotech industry gathers in San Diego next month for the 2014 BIO International Convention, several CEOs in attendance will no Read More >

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GMO Answers Independent Expert Spotlight

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GMO Answers has committed to doing a better job of answering the public’s questions on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This means ensuring that we have a robust collection of experts senior in the field of agricultural biotechnology who will answer your questions with the highest integrity. One of these independent experts is Ruth MacDonald, Professor and Chair, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa Read More >

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BIO Partnering: Intersection of Academic and Industry

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Earlier this month, BIO hosted a Google Hangout to discuss BIO Partnering: Intersection of Academic and Industry. We had an excellent lineup of guests discussing emerging models in tech transfer and translational research, novel collaborations between industry and academia, and of course the pivotal role that BIO’s 1-on-1 Partnering and tech transfer programming at #BIO14 will play in advancing industry-university relationships. Since we didn’t get a chance to address all of the excellent questions that were submitted during Read More >

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Jackson County GMO Cultivation Ban Isn’t Really About Contamination

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A recent piece by Xiao Zhi Lim of the Genetic Literacy Project notably counters contamination arguments made by organic farmers in Jackson County, Oregon. Her article “Oregon counties vote on measures to ban GMO farming to guard organic farmers from ‘contamination’” examines how these false concerns have helped organic farmers stifle their competition. In Oregon’s May 20 primary election, “the spotlight was on Jackson County” while residents passed Measure 15-119 which ultimately bans the cultivation Read More >

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SBIR Funds Speed the Delivery of Breakthrough Treatments and Cures

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Today, BIO’s Executive Vice President of Emerging Companies Cartier Esham presented testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business regarding oversight of the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs (SBIR/STTR). Dr. Esham emphasized that SBIR plays a critical role in supporting small biotech companies and funding their early-stage research as they navigate the “valley of death,” a critical time when the scientific concepts have shown promise but the Read More >

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