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How we are advancing American innovation to cure disease and save lives

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Mankind’s need to cure disease, combat hunger and discover new forms of energy has never been more urgent. Yet despite the extraordinary hope offered by biotechnology to solve these problems, government policies and the capital formation environment necessary to support these goals are insufficiently conducive to allowing us to meet these critical challenges. During our 2011 BIO International Convention, we unveiled a strategic initiative to speed scientific breakthroughs, develop cures and grow the bio-economy. The Read More >

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Biotech addresses food security, climate change: Potential economic growth engine

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By Jose W. Fernandez, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs By 2050, the global population will surpass 9 billion and require nearly a doubling of agricultural output to provide an adequate food supply. At the same time, the world’s agricultural system will be increasingly challenged by water scarcity and climate change, raising the risk of production shortfalls in a world where over 800 million people are already undernourished. A challenge like Read More >

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Beyond the Buzz: Post-Show Report

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Behind the scenes at BIO we can now take a moment to reflect on last week’s event and imagine what attendees will take away and remember about this year’s Convention. Based on the consistently positive feedback we received, it is indeed difficult to narrow it down! Many attendees told us that the program was the strongest to date and that there was ‘something for everyone’ within the 15 tracks and more than 125 breakout sessions. Read More >

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#Bio2011: After the Party is Over

Shane Climie, Ph.D., from HealthWorks Collective writes: For the thousands of life science industry representatives who attend the Biotechnology Industry Organization Annual Convention each year, the last few days have been similar to a favorite holiday: exciting, long-awaited, and too quickly over. We’re glad you enjoyed the 2011 BIO International Convention!

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Banning Gene Patents Will Promote Innovation?

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Abolishing gene patents will deter, not promote, innovation, as the patent eligibility of isolated DNA molecules provides incentives necessary for development of life-enhancing diagnostics and therapeutics. R&D to identify genes, their sequences, genetic variations, and their disease  correlation is very costly. Claims like those of the patents at issue in the Myriad Genetics lawsuit have been a key foundation supporting the massive investment of time and capital that is necessary to bring life-enhancing DNA-based diagnostics Read More >

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