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Let’s Get PDUFA V Approved, Fast

Marc Boutin

By Marc Boutin, JD, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, National Health Council At this time of the year, it can be helpful to reflect on the past to guide us in the future. I was recently reading an editorial about the National Health Council (NHC) printed in January 1957 – 37 years after the organization’s creation. It spoke about the need for action with “an unprecedented degree of cooperation among health agencies and Read More >

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Georgia Bio Recognizes Two State Legislators with Annual Award

England and Staton

While the economic climate has been difficult for bioscience companies, it has also had a significant impact on state budgets, causing many states to cut programs and reassess economic priorities. That said, the bioscience industry has remained a valuable growth area, both in the United States and abroad. Therefore, it’s not surprising that local and state government leaders continue to support economic development initiatives that encourage the growth of this industry. This week, Georgia Bio Read More >

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Biopharma Industry Enthusiastic About 2012

Eric Langer

By Eric S. Langer, president and managing partner, BioPlan Associates, Inc. 2012 Annual Study shows budgets, optimism taking a big jump It looks like the biopharma industry is actually weathering the economic downturn quite comfortably. This year we’ve surveyed hundreds of biomanufacturers and suppliers, and the industry is expressing more raw optimism and confidence than at any time in the past 9 years we’ve been surveying this industry. More Spending What this means is that wallets Read More >

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EPA Maintains Consistent Implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard

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The EPA on January 9 issued the final rule for the 2012 Renewable Fuel Standard, calling for production and use of 15.2 billion gallons of renewable fuel, representing just over 9 percent of the total fuel market. The renewable fuel total includes 2 billion gallons of advanced biofuel, with at least 8.65 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel. Importantly, EPA’s 2012 rule maintains a course –consistent with the 2010 and 2011 rules – that continues to Read More >

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“America Speaks” Poll Shows Health Research is Key to Economic Recovery

MaryWoolley

By Mary Woolley, President of Research!America Research!America’s 12th edition of America Speaks, an annual summary of our public opinion polls, shows that Americans are deeply concerned about our country’s ability to create jobs and compete globally. In fact, 77 percent of those polled say that the U.S. is losing its competitive edge in science, technology and innovation and more than half of Americans (58 percent) do not believe we are making enough progress in medical Read More >

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