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USDA Approves the Next Generation Potato for Commercial Planting

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A potato genetically engineered to reduce the amounts of a potentially harmful ingredient in French fries and potato chips has been approved for commercial planting, the Department of Agriculture announced on Friday. Such publications as the New York Times, The Packer, and the Capital Press covered the recent announcement by the USDA to deregulate J.R. Simplot Company’s Innate™ potatoes.   Andy Pollack of the New York Times reported that the new potato resists browning and bruising which Read More >

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Boston Globe: Helping veterans find a career path in life sciences

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Mike Minogue, chairman and chief executive of Abiomed, a medical device company in Boston that makes tiny heart pumps, leads a program to help veterans transition to the civilian workforce into life sciences careers. Today, Shirley Leung of the Boston Globe profiles Minogue and a program that he launched, MedTech & BioTech Veterans Program, which has organized close to a dozen boot camps for more than 500 veterans across the country and recruited more than 30 life-sciences companies to serve Read More >

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CA Scientist Receives First BIO Rosalind Franklin Award

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BIO has announced Dr. Debbie Yaver, Director, Expression Technology, Genomics and Bioinformatics at Novozymes, as the recipient of the first annual Rosalind Franklin Award for leadership in industrial biotechnology.  The Rosalind Franklin Award is a newly established annual award to honor an outstanding woman in the field of industrial biotechnology and bioprocessing.  With the support of the Rosalind Franklin Society, BIO will present Dr. Yaver with the BIO Rosalind Franklin Award for leadership in Industrial Biotechnology Read More >

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Small Business Innovators Talk about Their Emerging Biotech

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Last June, for the first time, the BIO International Convention hosted a special section on the convention floor for early stage startups and small companies to share their biotech innovations. About 50 companies in all made up this Innovation Zone, a space jointly created by BIO, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and foot traffic was heavy. Attendees got first-person accounts of some of the most inventive, potentially transformative Read More >

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Labeling Initiatives Fall in 2014 Elections; Maui Farmers Brace for Legal Fight

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The ag, biotech and food communities watched closely as the results of ballot initiatives in Colorado (Proposition 105) and Oregon (Measure 92) unfolded in the wake of the November 4 elections. Like previous ballet initiatives in California in 2012 and Washington State in 2013, the Colorado and Oregon proposals would have required the mandatory labeling of foods containing biotech ingredients. Voters in both Colorado and Oregon voted against the labeling initiatives, with the Colorado measure Read More >

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