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GMO Feed Has Caused the Latest Divide in the Labeling Debate

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If a dairy cow eats feed made from genetically engineered grain – and most do – does the milk it produces need to be designated as a GMO product? What about bacon from a pig that ate GMO feed? This is one of the “latest issues that’s holding up senators as they try to cobble together a federal bill to pre-empt a coming onslaught of state GMO labeling laws,” argued AgriPulse’s Bill Tomson. In his recent piece, Tomson Read More >

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BIO 2016 Innovation Zone Company Snapshot: Otomagnetics, LLC

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Now in its third year, the Innovation Zone at the BIO 2016 International Convention (San Francisco, June 6-9) will host even more pioneering and transformational companies.  The Innovation Zone was created through a partnership with the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) with the intent to group together Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)-funded companies on the exhibit floor of the BIO International Convention. The partnership with BIO originated in 2014 with 35 Read More >

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May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

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Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) works with public and private sector partners to designate May as Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. Asthma and allergies are among the most common chronic conditions, affecting millions of Americans from a wide range of demographics – across all ages, genders, ethnicities, and socioeconomic statuses. During the month-long awareness event, we focus on providing education and increasing knowledge to help improve the quality of life Read More >

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Recap: BIO Stakeholder Briefing on the Medicare Part B Drug Payment Model

On March 8, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) published a Proposed Rule to test alternative payment models for the reimbursement of drugs covered under Medicare Part B. In the Proposed Rule, CMS has proposed a five-year demonstration program with two phases that will be established sequentially, and intends to require almost all Part B prescribers to participate. Phase I is proposed to begin as Read More >

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Igniting the Tipping Point between Digital Health and Pharma

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In 2016, the digital transformation in healthcare is poised to shift from a silently rising tide to a tumultuous, crashing wave. (The sound of innovation will be especially audible June 6 and 7 at BIO 2016 in San Francisco.) A survey last year by the trend-watchers at Russell Reynolds Associates found that 47 percent of healthcare executives thought that their business would be “moderately or massively disrupted by digital in the next 12 months.” If Read More >

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