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Biotechnology on the Ballot: Scaremongering vs. Progress

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Microbiologist and science writer Alex Berezow writes for the Wall Street Journal that Prop 37 is a “scaremongering California initiative” that would be “another green blow to progress.”  Berezow is quick to point out the many benefits of biotechnology (ringspot-resistant  papayas; high-yielding cotton crops; food crops that fight pests without insecticide; “Arctic apples,” which don’t turn brown after they are sliced; drought-resistant corn) and biotech’s promises that are currently waiting in the technology pipeline (a Read More >

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Renewable Chemicals Helping to Build the Biobased Economy

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“The future is now and it is here,” said Pramod Chaudhari, executive chairman of Praj Industries. “Each one of us is making the effort and pushing the envelope to create a new biobased economy.” Chaudhari discussed efforts to find renewable chemicals that can replace petroleum along with other panelists at BIO’s Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy plenary session, Biotechnology and Renewable Chemicals: The Future is Now. The panelists talked about using renewable Read More >

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eAdvocacy Summit Brings Together More Than 130 Groups

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BIO’s mission is to champion biotechnology issues by advocating for policies that will enable the realization of breakthrough products to cure disease, feed the hungry, and clean our environment. Fortunately, we are not alone – our many alliance and advocacy partners share our goal. When smart, like-minded people get together, good things tend to happen. That’s why I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s eAdvocacy Summit here in Washington, DC. The Global Healthy Living Foundation (GHLF) and Read More >

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It Takes a Village: The New Pharma-VC Model for Biotech Investing

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High-profile funding collaborations between pharmaceutical companies and traditional venture capital funds have made headlines in recent months, pooling resources and expertise in an attempt to source and develop the most successful drugs. BIO Executive Vice President Alan Eisenberg moderated It Takes a Village: The New Pharma-VC Model for Biotech Investing, a panel discussion about these new funding models, during the opening plenary session at the 2012 BIO Investor Forum. In the past, venture capital could Read More >

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BayBio Op-ed featured in Xconomy

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Gail Maderis, President & CEO of BayBio, recently discussed the strength of Northern California’s biotechnology industry and the BIO Investor Forum in Xconomy: With more than 850 biotechnology companies, the Bay Area is the oldest, largest and most productive life sciences cluster in the world, employing more than 125,000 people in the region. For more than 30 years, this region has led the world in researching and delivering new cures and treatments for debilitating diseases Read More >

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