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Wall Street Journal: The Assault on Drug Innovation


Today, the Wall Street Journal published an editorial commenting on yesterday’s proposed plan by Secretary Hillary Clinton’s campaign to dramatically increase intrusive government regulation of our industry. BIO shared many of the concerns raised by this editorial, concerns which were noted in our statement yesterday. To put into perspective the potential consequences of that proposal, the editorial noted as an example that “Inside of a decade or two, metastatic cancer may become a chronic condition and chemotherapy a relic.” Breakthroughs Read More >

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China May Approve Several Biotech Crop Traits Sooner Than Later


According to Politico, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says that China may announce the approval of seven biotech crop traits this week during a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping. The cotton, four soybean and two corn varieties that have been languishing in China’s approval process for up to four years…those seven traits are considered to be the likeliest candidates because they are in the final phase of the Chinese approval system. But what Read More >

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White House Debating Just How “Hard to Poke” Xi

Xi Jinping, October 2013 Wikipedia

Barack Obama and his advisers are debating just how hard to poke Chinese President Xi Jinping when the Chinese leader arrives for a state visit Thursday, according Joseph Marks, Jason Huffman, Bill Tomson, Andrew Restuccia and Doug Palmer at Politico. …They want to communicate they mean business, but not imperil a trade relationship worth $590 billion last year… Even so, Xi is expected to get deluxe treatment at the White House, which will offer the Chinese leader Read More >

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BIO Statement on Patient Access to Medicines

“As a general policy, BIO does not comment on matters related to individual company products or product pricing decisions, such as today’s news about Turing Pharmaceuticals. That said, the focus of the biotechnology industry is to develop innovative therapies and cures for patients. This means it is imperative not only that we develop these new medicines, but that all patients have access to them, as necessary to meet their healthcare needs. This principle should apply Read More >

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Celebrate Apple Day with the Non-Browning Apple!

Arctic Apple

Though celebrated mainly in the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada also observe Apple Day in October. Apple Day was initiated by a UK charity group called, Common Ground, as a way of celebrating and demonstrating that variety and richness matter to a locality. Common Ground uses the apple to symbolize the celebration of the physical, cultural and genetic diversity of each locality. In linking particular apples with their place of origin, they hope that orchards will be Read More >

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