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House Committee Examines GM Food Ingredients and FDA Regulation

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It was a big day for agricultural biotechnology in our nation’s capital. The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee held a hearing today on the labeling of genetically modified foods and specifically looked at proposed legislation aimed at remedying the contentious debate. The Safe and Affordable Food Act, HR 4432, would eliminate consumer confusion created by a state-by-state patchwork of labeling laws, advance food safety, inform consumers and provide consistency in food labeling. The bill: reaffirms Read More >

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Now What is Patentable?

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On Tuesday of the Pacific Rim Summit, experts from Knobbe Martens, BIO, and Synthetic Genomics explored the legal, policy and business implications of the Myriad decision, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) guidance on patentable subject matter under Myriad issued earlier this year, and the revised Myriad guidance expected from the PTO later this year. The Patent Copyright Clause, United States Constitution, Article 1, Section 8: To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by Read More >

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Wall Street Journal Highlights Promising Gene Therapy Advances

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Yesterday, bluebird bio reported some very uplifting news at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology. Two patients with beta-thalassemia, a genetic disorder which normally requires regular blood transfusions, have been able to forgo transfusions for at least five months following a gene therapy treatment from bluebird. The Wall Street Journal’s Ron Winslow reports: Bluebird bio’s treatment involves extracting blood stem cells from a patient, treating them with a functioning version of the defective Read More >

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Recap: “Optimizing Waste Feedstocks to Advance the Bioeconomy”

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On Monday, December 8, BIO’s Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy held a Track Session titled “Optimizing Waste Feedstocks to Advance the Bioeconomy.”  This session was one of the many unique sessions included in the Feedstock Production and Utilization Track.  Tim Cesarek of Enerkem moderated the session and panelists included Tim Hitchman, DSM, Mohamed Leila, McGill, and Brittany Syz, Oberon Fuels, Inc. Tim Cesarek, head of business development at Enerkem spoke on how the company’s plant in Edmonton, Alberta Read More >

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Converting GHG’s to Achieving a Fuel and Climate Solution

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During the Advanced Biofuels and Biorefinery Platforms breakout session at the BIO Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy attendees had the opportunity to learn more about converting greenhouse gases (GHG) to achieving a fuel and climate solution. Richard Altman, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI), started off the session with focusing on how to achieve aviation carbon neutral growth by 2020 via sustainable biofuels. CAAFI is working to meet this goal through the Read More >

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