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Buy Side Investors Bullish Ahead of 2014 BIO CEO & Investor Conference

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2013 was a record year for the biotech sector, with the NASDAQ Biotechnology Index hitting record highs again and again, ending the year up over 60% — beating the S&P 500 more than two-fold.   But what can we expect for 2014? That will be the topic of discussion at our opening plenary panel at next week’s BIO CEO & Investor Conference, taking place Monday and Tuesday, February 10-11 in New York. To help spur Read More >

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Chicago Gets A New Health Care Incubator

Governor Pat Quinn is joined by civic and business leaders to announce MATTER - a new startup center for next-generation healthcare technology companies.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced yesterday details about a new facility to support startup companies researching next-generation biopharma technology. The not-for-profit incubator, called MATTER, was a priority in the Governor’s 2014 State of the State address. The project is part of Governor Quinn’s funding package, administered through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), that consists of a $2.5 million state investment and a loan of $1.5 million. Business leaders are also raising Read More >

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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

In the United States, more than one million people are infected with HIV, with an estimated 50,000 newly diagnosed each year. While African Americans make up only 12-14 percent of the U.S. population they account for nearly half (44 percent) of all the new HIV infections in the U.S. (CDC). Today, as the United States observes National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we’d like to take a look at some of the scientific advancements made in Read More >

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France’s Failure: GMOs and The Green Revolution

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A notable piece titled France Fails Science Test was recently published in Cosmos by Marcel Kuntz, John Davison and Agnes E. Ricroch, three plant biologists who wonderfully illustrate how French politics beats scientific reason when it comes to the debate on GMOs. The article argues that France has far strayed from the footsteps of Norma Borlaug, once named the “Father of the Green Revolution,” and has forgotten the role that plant breeding has played in Read More >

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Genes are Like Recipes

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A common question we hear about biotechnology deals with the actual process of genetic modification: How do we know an inserted gene does only what it is supposed to do?  On our GMO Answers site, Dr. Alan McHughen, a molecular geneticist and professor at the University of California, Riverside, explains that genetic modification works only because all living things use the same genetic language, so a human gene transferred to bacteria will work the same way Read More >

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