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BIO Applauds Boulder County Decision

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After much debate, Boulder County commissioners sided with science and voted to allow some biotech crops to be grown on county-owned land. Six farmers leasing the county land came forward in December 2008 seeking permission to plant herbicide tolerant sugarbeets. After more than two years of hearings, protests, studies, and debates, policy that includes a decision on GMOs was approved. “With our adoption of the Boulder County Cropland Policy on Dec. 20 we believe we Read More >

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IBM’s Watson: From Jeopardy! to Drug Research

IBM's Watson Computer System Plays Jeopardy! in a Practice Round

Bits of technology from I.B.M.’s Watson are beginning to be used in actual products available to corporate clients. The cloud-based Strategic Intellectual Property Insight Platform “uses data mining, natural-language processing and analytics to pore through millions of patent filings and biomedical journals to look for chemical compounds used in drug discovery.” As a byproduct of this project, I.B.M. is contributing their research to the searchable NIH chemical database, which will ease access to information previously Read More >

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Maryland Awards $1 Million to Five Biotech Small Businesses

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In effort to spur commercialization and advance treatments for cancer and other diseases, the Maryland Biotechnology Center (MBC) announced earlier this month that it awarded a total of $1 million to five promising life sciences companies through its Biotechnology Commercialization Awards and Translational Research awards. The companies, which received up to $200,000 each, will use the funding to advance cancer therapies, ensure food safety, more quickly detect infectious disease and develop more efficient cardiac repair. Read More >

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Governor Chris Christie Will Headline BioNJ 2012 Annual Meeting

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BioNJ, the trade association for New Jersey’s biotechnology industry, will welcome New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to address attendees at the association’s 2012 Annual Dinner Meeting, Awards Program and Networking Event on Thursday, February 2. The event will be held at the East Brunswick Hilton in East Brunswick, NJ beginning at 5:00 p.m. Celebrating its 19th anniversary in 2012, the BioNJ Annual Dinner Meeting, Awards Program and Networking event with its theme of Friends Hope Read More >

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2011: A Pivotal Year for Biotechnology

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Biotechnology continues to hold the greatest promise to address many of the most critical issues facing our world. Continued innovation will lead to breakthrough new and improved cures and treatments for patients living with debilitating diseases such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes and Parkinson’s; enhanced agricultural products to feed a growing global population while protecting the environmental health of our planet; vaccines to protect against bioterrorism; and revolutionary biofuels. The ability of BIO members to continue Read More >

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