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Innovative China: Policies for the Future

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As the second largest and fastest growing market for biotechnology products, China needs no introduction.  The opportunity to heal, fuel, and feed 1.3 billion global citizens stands in clear contrast with the regulatory, financial, and political frameworks that present challenges to the life science industry’s external access to the evolving Chinese market.  On Tuesday at the 2011 BIO International Convention, a panel discussion titled “Innovative China: Policies for the Future” addressed the future of the Read More >

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Current Challenges in Payment Reform

By Alyson Pusey, BIO. The Affordable Care Act created several demonstration projects to test innovative care delivery systems that increase quality of care while decreasing costs.  Speaking as a panelist was Jonathan Blum, Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicare at CMS, who discussed how the agency is thinking about payment reform.  Evidenced by the recent proposed rule on accountable care organizations (ACOs), the agency is looking to providers and the health care Read More >

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Biotechnology Innovation: Impact of Health Reform and Deficit Control

By Alyson Pusey, BIO. With many governors around the country facing budget shortfalls, “the action is all in the states” in terms of health care cuts and cost-savings solutions, according to panelists participating. The current fiscal environment has forced cash-strapped states to look at their Medicaid programs for ways to rein in costs, and according to panelists, state lawmakers will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.  For example, as a result of the Read More >

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Unleashing the Promise of Biotechnology to Cure Disease and Save Lives

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The other day I came across an article discussing vaccinations and the author mentioned his 15-year-old son asking him: “Dad, what’s polio?” Many of us are old enough to remember a time when polio struck fear and caused suffering for millions.  Today, at least in the developed world, polio is something kids have to ask their parents to explain to them. Imagine someday, our grandchildren asking us, “What was cancer?” How great would that be? Read More >

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Biotechnology “Oozes Through Your Life”

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Author Stephanie Clifford details U.S. dependency on oil in a recent Sunday New York Times article about the many ways that Oil Oozes Through Your Life, from food ingredients to plastic containers to cosmetics and all the energy that ships products from factory to consumer. The article notes that “there are only a few alternatives to petroleum-based chemicals,” but no examples other than natural gas are given. This oversight was mentioned by the USDA’s Sarah Read More >

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