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Seattle Times Commentary: New Approaches Needed to Fight Ebola

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In the Seattle Times this week, BIO Ventures for Global Health President Jennifer Dent offered commentary on the need for new drug development models to develop treatments for Ebola, arguing that conventional approaches are not working for neglected tropical diseases. Partnerships involving drug companies as well as academic, non-profit, and government stakeholders are needed. Dent offers the WIPO Re:Search consortium as an example: In 2011, BIO Ventures for Global Health established a partnership with the Read More >

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BIO Latin America Program Highlights

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BIO Latin America is just one short month away, September 9-11 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and with this in mind BIO has announced the preliminary program as well as an initial list of presenting companies. Program topics include: Regional Biotech Development: Frameworks for Innovation Incentivizing Entrepreneurship and Investment in Latin America The Innovation Ecosystem in Brazil: From Biofuels to Biotherapeutics Tech Transfer: Industry and University Collaborations Regional Regulations for Biotherapeutics Clinical Trials: Addressing Challenges Read More >

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Hawaii’s Papaya Growers Struggle in Hurricane Aftermath

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Hurricane Iselle’s assault on Hawaii garnered national coverage as the storm approached, but little has been reported on the storm’s aftermath and the damage suffered by Hawaii’s papaya growers and other agricultural operations. John Burnett writes for West Hawaii Today that Iselle’s damage to Big Island ag crops is estimated at $53 million. KITV’s video news clip illustrates the devastation on the Island’s ag community. As officials assess the damage inflicted by Iselle, it’s evident Read More >

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Misinformation Is Poisoning the Environment for Synthetic Biology

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Friends of the Earth, Center for Food Safety and the ETC Group (or Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration) have launched a campaign to frighten consumers and consumer product companies about synthetic biology. The groups are following a well-worn campaign formula, threatening individual consumer product companies with boycotts to force them to abandon biotechnology. The groups’ campaign has resulted in some inconsistent advice for consumers. Friends of the Earth recently advocated the use of palm oil in Read More >

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The “Other Issues to Worry About” vs. GMO’s

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We don’t label foods for pesticides, fertilizers or these other “conventional” food-production technologies. Only genetically engineered food is considered unconventional; it’s what the big labeling-law movement is all about these days. Why is that? Largely because groups of people have managed to make it an issue, not because it’s the one big dangerous thing happening with our food – The LA Times, Karin Klein Last week, the Los Angeles Times released an opinion blog with Read More >

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