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Presidential Memo Expands Purchases of Biobased Products and Creates Jobs

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This week President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum that challenges the federal government to substantially increase purchases of biobased products over the next two years, driving new job growth and innovation. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) already designates 64 categories of biobased products for federal procurement and this memorandum asks Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to increase the number of both designated categories of and individual biobased products eligible for preferred purchasing by 50 Read More >

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PTO Genetic Testing Study: What’s Patents Got to Do with It

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The USPTO held a hearing on February 16 to collect testimony from interested parties to discuss factors affecting the availability of confirmatory, or second opinion, genetic testing.  However, the hearing quickly devolved into testimonies addressing so called ‘gene patents’ and genetic testing more broadly. Dr. Hans Sauer testified on behalf of BIO and first raised the question whether there is in fact patient demand for an ‘independent second opinion genetic test.’  While doctors would likely Read More >

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Dr. Jill Biden Kicks-Off Community College to Career Bus Tour

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Dr. Jill Biden and U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis will embark on a five-state “Community College to Career” bus tour to highlight innovative industry partnerships this week. The tour will begin on February 22 with a visit at Columbus State Community College before continuing to DG Medical. At DG Medical, Dr. Biden and Secretary Solis will join BioOhio and Sinclair Community College officials to see first-hand the impact of a U.S. Department of Labor grant-funded Read More >

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Why Are Women Underrepresented in Scientific Fields?

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Last week, I wrote about the systemic failure of public schools to prepare kids for science and math focused jobs. These aren’t just theoretical jobs of tomorrow, they are well-paid positions that American employers literally can’t fill fast enough. Despite this nation’s poor international ranking in both math and science educational achievement, tech focused jobs in the U.S. have grown at three times the normal pace through this past decade. This trend is expected to Read More >

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Bioscience Economic Development Needs Key Ingredients

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Realizing that entrepreneurship is a key ingredient in economic development, states and localities continue to support programs that assist bioscience businesses and capitalize on the regional presence of universities and/or federal laboratories. With this fact in mind, Peter M. Pellerito, a senior policy consultant at BIO, and I recently collaborated on a report that investigates what specific steps have been taken across the United States as a means of attracting bioscience companies and expanding job Read More >

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