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Patent Reform Inches Closer to Becoming Law

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Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) filed for cloture for The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, H.R. 1249, bringing it one step closer to becoming law.  When the Senate reconvenes in September, patent reform will be at the top of the agenda. In his comments on the Congressional compromise on the debt ceiling, President Obama included patent reform in the list of action needed to stimulate the economy and create jobs: “Through patent reform, we Read More >

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South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard Talks Biotech

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Shortly before the 2011 BIO International Convention, I had the opportunity to speak with South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard about his state’s growing biotech presence and his first visit to the world’s largest global event for the biotechnology industry. South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard Click the link below to listen to the podcast interview with Governor Daugaard. South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard Talks Biotech On a similar note, J. Pat Costello of South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Read More >

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Renewable Fuel Standard: BIO Testifies to EPA

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The Wall Street Journal printed a few weeks ago a severely misinformed opinion piece about the Renewable Fuel Standard. The Journal echoed remarks made by a representative of the National Petroleum Refiners Association at a recent EPA hearing on the proposed RFS rules for 2012, at which BIO also testified. NPRA claims that the RFS’s cellulosic waiver is a penalty that they have to pay for a product that doesn’t exist. However, BIO argued that Read More >

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Exploring the Myths of Organic vs. Conventional

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Scientific American’s “Science Sushi” blog looks at common myths around organic and mainstream agriculture.  Blogger Christie Wilcox says upfront that there are some definite upsides and benefits that come from many organic farming methods.  But organic foods cost up to three times as much as those produced by conventional methods, and people are shelling out their hard-earned cash for what they believe are the best foods available. So Wilcox looks at organic’s four most common Read More >

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Quandary for U.S. companies: Whom to bribe? (Washington Post)

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From this Sunday’s Washington Post, David Hilzenrath lays out ambiguities of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Scientific American’s Worldview 2011 report compares corruption among countries seeking to grow the biotech industry within their borders based on the 2010 Corruption Perceptions Index from Transparency International. Countries that ranked high in perceived corruption tended to rank lower in terms of overall innovation. In other words, as corruption increases, the nation’s business reputation sinks while those with a Read More >

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