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USA Today: Vaccine opt-outs put public health at risk

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In an editorial yesterday, USA Today’s editors called attention to a growing public health problem: the resurgence of vaccine preventable illnesses as a result of parents choosing to forgo vaccinating their children. The paper notes recent outbreaks of measles in small clusters, including Orange County, California, which saw 22 cases reported this month, and Brooklyn, New York. In all of 2013, there were 189 cases reported nationwide. Already this year, we’ve seen 115 cases, in Read More >

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Support for GM Eggplant Reawakens at GMA Science Forum

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At the 2014 Grocery Manufacturers Association’s (GMA) Science Forum, the State Department’s senior advisor for biotechnology, Jack Bobo, reminded attendees of the importance of developing countries having access to much-needed agricultural tools.  “We need to see [biotechnology] products that matter to people,” he said. “We need to see products where consumers and farmers are begging for the technology.” That’s happening in Bangladesh, he added.  Bobo’s panel titled “Global Issues: Can Agriculture Save the Planet Before It Read More >

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BIO to Labor/HHS: Increase Funding for Critical Public Health Programs

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BIO sent a letter to appropriators to encourage support for programs and initiatives that are of great importance to the American public and the advancement of public health, and that will help meet our nation’s unmet medical needs. Specifically, we request the following: National Institutes of Health (NIH): We request that the Committee provide NIH with at least $32 billion. Since the doubling of the NIH funding between 1998 and 2003, funding has failed to Read More >

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BIO and Biominas Brasil to Co-Host 2014 BIO Latin America Conference

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I am excited to announce that BIO will co-host a new conference event, BIO Latin America, taking place September 9-11, 2014, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  We recently entered into an agreement with Biominas Brasil, a not-for- profit institution dedicated to life sciences in the region, to build on the successful BioPartnering Latin America event held by Biominas the past four years.  This new international conference for BIO will complement our global portfolio of industry events. The decision Read More >

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The Masters and the BIO International Convention

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This week in Georgia the world will witness a significant gathering of experts. No, we did not move up the date of the BIO International Convention. I am writing about the Masters. It is always impressive to see these great players tee-off in one of sports most cherished events. It is the one event that all great golfers clear the calendar to attend – and in that vein it is similar to the BIO International Read More >

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