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Brazil Patent Policy: At a Crossroads

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The Government of Brazil approaches the patent policy crossroads with two ministries wanting to move in opposite directions.  In the last few months, both the Brazilian Patent Office (INPI) and the Brazilian Regulatory Authority (ANVISA) issued proposed rules concerning patents and are sifting through public comments to determine how they will deal with biotech patents. A quirk in Brazilian law requires that the health regulatory authority (ANVISA) must provide “prior consent” on the grant of a pharmaceutical patent.  Traditionally, Read More >

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A Call to Arms for Renewable Fuels

Jim Greenwood

BIO President & CEO Jim Greenwood delivered remarks on the Renewable Fuel Standard and participated in a panel session on the Legacy of Bipartisan Support for Renewable Energy at ACORE’s National Renewable Energy Policy Forum, held on Capitol Hill: Good afternoon. It is good to be with ACORE again and to be part of your 10th annual policy forum. I had the pleasure of speaking at the RETECH 2012 conference in October. I said then Read More >

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Governor Quinn Invites Biotech Professionals to Chicago

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Governor Pat Quinn has long been a champion of the bioscience industry – both for its promise to help solve the world’s most pressing problems and as a means of elevating the economic development prospects for his state. The Governor has consistently championed educational reform, entrepreneurship, intellectual property protection, and industry regulation based on rigorous science. That is why he was named BIO’s Governor of the Year in 2011. We are furthermore honored that he Read More >

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Celebrating George Washington Carver’s Contributions to Industrial Biotech

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Every February we celebrate Black History Month recognizing the contributions and accomplishments of African Americans and their role in U.S. history. George Washington Carver should be honored as an important figure influencing modern industrial biotechnology. The American scientist changed the nature of farming by using science to make everyday products from agricultural materials. As the leading figure of the “chemurgy” movement, the branch of applied chemistry that derives industrial products from agricultural raw materials, he Read More >

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Simpson Bowles Keynote to Address Debt, Taxes, Government Services and Politics

Jim Greenwood

I was recently asked what the single biggest threat to the biotechnology industry is today.  My answer was immediate – the biggest threat to biotech innovation is the unsustainable mismatch of spending and revenue in the U.S. federal budget. The enormous national debt and the huge annual budget deficits that feed it endanger America’s entire economic future – but the nation’s dire fiscal situation is particularly threatening to our industry. Part of the reason for Read More >

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