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Public Opinion: What do voters think about biotechnology?

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The majority of voters recognize the important work being conducted at biotech companies and place a high value on the industry’s contributions. After only a brief neutral description of the biotechnology industry, 87% of those polled have a favorable image of the biotech industry. More than three-quarters of Americans surveyed are convinced that biotech is working every day on curing diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes and Parinson’s. Furthermore, they believe that these cures will Read More >

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International groups put the “International” in BIO International Convention

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The international presence at the global event for biotechnology was in full-force this year, with more than 5,400 international attendees. This year’s Convention attracted more than 100 international public officials and numerous international delegations touting the benefits of investing in biotech within their borders. Some highlights: Canada Canada continues to hold the number one spot for the largest international delegation at the Convention. More than 750 attendees and numerous Premiers, Ministers, Mayors and other leaders Read More >

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Bayh Dole Act a failure?

By Guest Writer Joseph Allen One hotly debated topic in Washington of real importance to the biotechnology community is how well the annual multi-billion dollar federal investment in R&D is being translated into new products, jobs and companies needed to improve the lives of US taxpayers and help pull the US economy out of its current doldrums.  An interesting insight on the debate is captured in a Washington Post article “Innovation’s golden opportunity” that ran Read More >

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FDA: How can we improve it?

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By Stephen Sherwin, Former Chairman of BIO As Congress and the President work together to hammer out a new, national economic roadmap, it is important to point out to those working in, and interested in, our industry that we too have recently assembled a roadmap – one designed to fully realize the promise our industry holds for people everywhere. Several weeks ago, at the 2011 BIO International Convention in Washington, DC, BIO unveiled its first ever 5 Read More >

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Senate Hearing Focuses on Biobased Product Potential for Rural Job Creation

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The Senate Agriculture Committee today held a hearing on “Growing Jobs in Rural America” (watch the webcast). Dr. Marc Verbruggen, President and CEO of NatureWorks LLC based in Wayzata, Minn., and Dr. Oliver P. Peoples, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Metabolix, Inc. based in Cambridge, Mass., both BIO members, testified about their companies’ plans for growth and job creation. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), chair of the committee, “called the rural economy a bright spot Read More >

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