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National Immunization Awareness Month

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month, providing a reminder of the importance of proper vaccination just as kids are heading back to school. Schools are a prime venue for transmitting vaccine-preventable diseases, and school-age children can further spread disease to their families and others with whom they come in contact. As children get older, they are at an increased risk for some infections, and the protection from some childhood vaccines begins to fade, requiring a Read More >

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A Refreshing Look at the NEW Potato

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The Capital Press ran an op-ed from Idaho farmer Lisa Patterson about new potato technology that will reduce black spot bruising and browning when cut and help prevent unnecessary waste. Patterson is a member of the Truth About Trade and Technology Global Farmer Network. In her op-ed, Lisa addresses an issue faced by all moms, food waste. “You go to the grocery store, buy a sack of potatoes, and come home to get that meal Read More >

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Seattle Times Commentary: New Approaches Needed to Fight Ebola

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In the Seattle Times this week, BIO Ventures for Global Health President Jennifer Dent offered commentary on the need for new drug development models to develop treatments for Ebola, arguing that conventional approaches are not working for neglected tropical diseases. Partnerships involving drug companies as well as academic, non-profit, and government stakeholders are needed. Dent offers the WIPO Re:Search consortium as an example: In 2011, BIO Ventures for Global Health established a partnership with the Read More >

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BIO Latin America Program Highlights

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BIO Latin America is just one short month away, September 9-11 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and with this in mind BIO has announced the preliminary program as well as an initial list of presenting companies. Program topics include: Regional Biotech Development: Frameworks for Innovation Incentivizing Entrepreneurship and Investment in Latin America The Innovation Ecosystem in Brazil: From Biofuels to Biotherapeutics Tech Transfer: Industry and University Collaborations Regional Regulations for Biotherapeutics Clinical Trials: Addressing Challenges Read More >

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Hawaii’s Papaya Growers Struggle in Hurricane Aftermath

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Hurricane Iselle’s assault on Hawaii garnered national coverage as the storm approached, but little has been reported on the storm’s aftermath and the damage suffered by Hawaii’s papaya growers and other agricultural operations. John Burnett writes for West Hawaii Today that Iselle’s damage to Big Island ag crops is estimated at $53 million. KITV’s video news clip illustrates the devastation on the Island’s ag community. As officials assess the damage inflicted by Iselle, it’s evident Read More >

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