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Jeanne Haggerty Heads up BIO’s Fed Gov Team

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BIO is proud to announce the promotion of Jeanne Haggerty to Senior Vice President for Federal Government Relations. Haggerty has been with us at BIO since 2006, but before coming to BIO she graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and English from the University of Vermont, then went on to work on Capitol Hill for the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Read the Press Release here. In her free time, Haggerty works with rescue organizations Read More >

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New Brazilian Biodiversity Law Provides Opportunities for Innovation

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Brazil has a large share of the world’s biodiversity, which can be better explored since the new Act. No 13.123/15, recently sanctioned by the President. This law implements measures that can contribute to greater access to Brazilian biodiversity and change the current scenario of innovation originated from natural products. Researchers from the main Brazilian research centers use different plant extracts aiming the identification of compounds with potential use in the pharmaceutical industry, cosmetics, agriculture, among Read More >

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225th Anniversary of First U.S. Patent

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225 years ago last Friday the first U.S. patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins for an improved process for creating potash, America’s first industrial chemical compound. America’s Founding Fathers recognized Intellectual property as a fundamental right, so much so they enshrined it into our Constitution. The systems for issuing patents have changed over the years, but Congress retains the authority to regulate and change matters of patent law. Unfortunately, not all changes to patent law Read More >

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Watch-Out Tech Industry, Biotech is on the Rise in San Francisco

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When thinking about the industries that make up San Francisco’s vibrant economy, biopharma is often overshadowed by the Bay Area’s reputation as a tech hotspot. But in reality, health care outpaced the tech sector in 2014 by generating over $28 billion in economic activity and employing over 20% of San Francisco workers. The Bay Area is a hub of innovation for growing biotechs looking to connect with the right investors, which is why BIO chose Read More >

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Boston Globe: Science, Not fear, Should Guide Food Labeling Laws

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On Thursday, July 23, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 275-150 to approve the Safe and Affordable Food Labeling Act (HR 1599), which in addition to preempting state Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) labeling requirements would set up a process for labeling foods as non-biotech. Now the fight over whether or not foods containing GMOs should be labeled will shift to the U.S. Senate. In a recent editorial, The Boston Globe recommended that the the Senate should Read More >

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