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Data Protection, the Trans Pacific Partnership, and the US-Jordan FTA (Post 1 of 2)

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The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiation does not yet include a section on data protection (typically included in the Pharmaceutical Chapter of Free Trade Agreements).  Organizations against the inclusion of data protection in the TPP cite as evidence an Oxfam International study titled “All Costs, No Benefits: How TRIPS-plus intellectual property rules in the US-Jordan FTA affect access to medicines.” The Oxfam paper concludes that “medicine prices have increased drastically, and TRIPS-plus rules were partly Read More >

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A Matter of Economics; OK Gov Fallin Talks Biotech

Mary Fallin, Governor of Oklahoma

A few weeks ago Sheri Stickley, President of the Oklahoma Bioscience Association guest blogged about her experience at the 2011 BIO International Convention. As I have mentioned before, this year’s event drew more than 100 public officials and 11 U.S. Governors. We were particularly honored to have several Governors attend our event for the first time. Among them was Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin. Like many other public officials, she traveled to the convention to publicize Read More >

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Continued progress in advanced biofuels relies on the RFS

Jim Greenwood

There is widespread agreement among experts, policy makers and the public that the United States must overcome its addiction to fossil fuels to protect the environment and for reasons of national security. As in any addiction, interventions are necessary to break bad habits. Fortunately, in 2007 Congress expanded the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), requiring increased production and use of renewable fuels from multiple sources. American companies are making steady progress in creating advanced plant-based fuels. Read More >

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More on Organic Myths…

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When we featured an excerpt from Scientific American’s blogpost “Exploring the Myths of Organic vs. Conventional”, and linked to the full article, we received a LOT of feedback!  Thanks to everyone for their comments. Blogger Christie Wilcox apparently received a lot of mail about this post as well.  So much so, that Wilcox is staunchly defending her position with a more detailed explanation, complete with scientific cites and footnoted references to back up her claims.  Read More >

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CDC Hosts Briefing on Adolescent Vaccination Coverage

Dr. Melinda Wharton

On August 25th the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hosted a briefing on adolescent vaccination coverage. The briefing featured comments by Dr. Melinda Wharton, Deputy Director at the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) at the CDC. While immunization rates for tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine and meningococcal vaccine saw double digit increases, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates increased just slightly. In her remarks, Dr. Wharton emphasized the CDC’s disappointment in the poor adoption of the HPV vaccine. The Read More >

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