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More Than 90 Patient Organizations Urge Congress to Protect Patients and Innovation

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Today, the Epilepsy Foundation and a diverse group of more than 90 advocacy organizations submitted a letter to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees urging Congress to maintain a strong and secure patent system that encourages investments in innovative treatments and devices as it considers comprehensive patent reform. Together, our organizations represent millions of individuals waiting for the next breakthrough treatment, and hopefully, cure. Without strong patents, many innovative ideas will not make it from the Read More >

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Solazyme CEO Jonathan S. Wolfson to Receive the 2015 BIO George Washington Carver Award

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In recent news, BIO has named Solazyme CEO and co-founder Jonathan S. Wolfson as the recipient of its 2015 George Washington Carver Award for innovation in industrial biotechnology. George Washington Carver was one of the founding fathers of the chemurgy movement, a branch of applied chemistry focused on manufacturing industrial products from raw agricultural materials. Industrial biotechnology is the modern-day equivalent of Carver’s vision for chemurgy, and the award honors individuals for carrying on Carver’s legacy. “I Read More >

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Morning Consult: Right-Sized Regulations, Innovation and Investor Protection

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Today, an op-ed from BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood appeared in Morning Consult stressing the importance of investor protection by reforming eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL), which is a one-size-fits-all costly reporting requirement that can harm company growth and investor returns. Congressman Robert Hurt (R-VA) introduced a bill – the Small Company Disclosure Simplification Act (H.R. 1965) – that would provide a temporary exemption from XBRL for newly public and low-revenue companies in order Read More >

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The White House Releases its Strategy for Restoring Pollinator Habitats

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Today, The White House released its National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators, calling for the restoration or enhancement of 7 million acres of land for pollinators over the next five years through federal actions and public/private partnerships. AgriPulse covered the announcement: Other goals of the strategy are to reduce honey bee colony losses during the winter months to no more than 15 percent within 10 years, and to increase the Read More >

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BIO Innovation Zone Company Snapshots: ONL Therapeutics and Lipella Pharmaceuticals

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Next month in Philadelphia at the BIO International Convention, BIO will be partnering with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science foundation (NSF) to host the 2nd annual, newly-expanded BIO Innovation Zone. The Zone will feature Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funded early-stage biotech companies. The SBIR/STTR program provides U.S. federal funding to small businesses engaged in research with the potential for commercialization. Each of the companies has been rigorously vetted through the SBIR/STTR review process prior Read More >

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