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What’s really hot in San Diego: Perspective from BIO 2017 Program Chair, Chris LeMasters

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Meet Chirs LeMasters, 2017 BIO International Convention Program Committee Chair. Chris is the CEO of Promosome LLC a synthetic biology company that was founded by Nobel Laureate Dr. Gerald Edelman, based on his work on mRNA translation at Scripps. He joined the company last year to transition Promosome into a therapeutics company, developing a pipeline of hard-to-express therapeutic proteins. Promosome is also pursuing partnerships with companies developing nucleic acid therapeutics (gene therapy, RNA vaccines, mRNA therapeutics) based Read More >

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Could GM Mosquitoes Save Hawaii’s Endangered Birds?

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Genetically modified mosquitoes could be the solution to Hawaii’s quickly disappearing avian population, including the island’s famous honeycreepers, writes Michael Specter in The New Yorker: Every four years, thousands of environmentalists gather at the World Conservation Congress to assess the state of the planet, and to consider what might be done to protect it. The 2016 congress was held in Hawaii, which is fitting, since the state is often referred to as the endangered-species capital Read More >

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GMO Issues on the November Ballot

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On November 8, voters in Sonoma County, CA and Key West, FL will weigh in on ballot measures related to genetically modified organisms (GMOs). In Sonoma County, activists collected enough signatures to put an initiative, now known as Measure M, on the ballot banning the cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) crops in the county.  County voters defeated a similar measure in 2005 by a 55.2 percent to 44.8 percent. Although voters in other California counties have Read More >

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BIO Launches New Website Holding Insurers Accountable: Un-surance.com

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BIO is undertaking an aggressive effort to promote the value of biopharmaceutical innovations and ensure that all patients have access to the drugs they need. A vital component of this campaign is holding insurers and their allies accountable for standing in the way of that access. For months, we’ve blown the whistle on their discriminatory practices, high cost-sharing and cost-shifting, and their blatant falsehoods on what’s driving their premium increases, and today, we’re introducing a Read More >

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ICYMI: Potential New Drug for Alzheimer’s Shows Promise in Early Trial

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Last week, the Washington Post published an article titled Alzheimer’s Drug Trial Sparks Optimism which highlighted new findings from a paper published in Nature. They shared exciting news of positive early trial results for a potential new Alzheimer’s treatment. “Overall this is the best news that we’ve had in my 25 years doing Alzheimer’s clinical research and it brings new hope for patients and families most affected by the disease,” said one of the study’s Read More >

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