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Biotechnology Delivers Medical Discoveries to Benefit Women Facing Breast Cancer

Marc S. Hurlbert

By Marc S. Hurlbert, Ph.D., Executive Director, Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade The field of breast cancer has witnessed remarkable progress due to dedicated biotechnology and academic scientists, advocates, patients, nurses and physicians. Sixty years ago, a woman diagnosed with early stage breast cancer had less than a 55 percent chance of living 10 years, while today those odds are greater than 85 percent. We have made great advances in detecting cancer early with imaging including Read More >

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Increasing Partnering at BIO

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Mike May from Biotech Tallies writes: At the 2011 BIO International Convention, the number of one-on-one partnering meetings soared to 21,183… The increasing number of such meetings probably reflects the growth in biotechnology, the escalating importance of BIO’s annual meeting and the expanding need to partner for success in this field.

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If Politics Trumps Science, Businesses Will Leave the U.S.

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The Anchorage Daily News ran an editorial authored by California Farmer and Alaska fisherman Ted Sheely about the still-pending approval of the genetically engineered salmon. Sheely says some politicians in Washington think they have identified a threat to the pristine Alaska wilderness. These members of Congress are trying to force the federal government to slow down or stop a technology company that has figured out a way to make salmon less expensive for ordinary consumers.  If they Read More >

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National Academies Rehashes Controversies Over RFS

PNNL Research Scientist Heather Brown

The National Academies this week released a Congressionally mandated study estimating the potential economic and environmental effects of producing the 36 billion gallons of biofuels required under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The conclusions of the report are 1) that cellulosic biofuels are highly unlikely to meet their mandate of 16 billion gallons by 2022 and 2) biofuels overall are unlikely to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as required. Because the report stopped short Read More >

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Incentivizing Biotech Growth; States and Regions Look to Stand Out from the Crowd

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The United States’ prolonged economic woes have drastically impacted state budgets, causing across-the-board program cuts and reassessment of priorities. The bioscience industry was not immune to the crisis, but did begin to rebound much faster than many other industries. Because the biosciences remain a source of high-wage, high-skill jobs, almost every state in the country is actively engaged in building fundamental industry infrastructure. State-sponsored programs to encourage investment and help bioscience companies leverage existing resources Read More >

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