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Synthetic Biology Expands Its Tool Kit

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Blogging on today’s Synthetic Biology “Tools of the Trade” session at the BIO International Convention is a little bit like competing in the All-England Summarize Proust Competition. But here goes. The synthetic biology field is predicated on the design, build, test, learn cycle. And each of the companies in today’s session has developed a new tool within that cycle. Transcriptic, for instance, has developed a tool that enables reproducible experiments by automating the build function Read More >

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The Value of Lifesaving Medicines: How Best To Define and Communicate The Innovations In Biopharmaceuticals

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One of BIO’s central goals is to promote the value of innovation in lifesaving medicines and what that means for the public at-large. At Day 1 of the BIO International Convention in San Francisco, attendees gathered to hear more about how best to communicate this vital mission. “Defining and Communication Medical Innovation Value for the Long Term” was moderated by Al Jackson, of Spectrum Science Communications and featured panelists Lambert van der Walde of UnitedHealth Read More >

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Will Smith and Dr. Bennet Omalu talk Faith, Science and ‘Concussion’

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Tuesday morning at #BIO2016 kicked off with an exciting keynote panel featuring Will Smith and Dr. Bennet Omalu. As attendees filed in to take their seats and pack the Esplanade Ballroom in the Moscone Center, palpable anticipation permeated the air. Dr. Bennet Omalu is a Nigerian-American physician, forensic pathologist, and neuropathologist who performed “the autopsy that changed football” on Mike Webster, a former NFL player. Will Smith is an actor, producer, musician and philanthropist who Read More >

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FDA Commissioner Califf to Industry at #BIO2016: Talk to Patients

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Industry should work with patients and their advocates to better understand their experiences, what they’re looking for in a therapy, and their tolerance for risk, US Food and Drug Administration commissioner Robert Califf emphasized during a fireside chat at the BIO International Convention this afternoon. For the past few years FDA has been meeting with patients and patient advocates to better understand their diseases and medical problems and asking them where regulatory efforts should be Read More >

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Governor of Iowa Kicks Off #BIO2016 Biofuels and Renewable Chemicals Track

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On Monday, June 7, 2016, The Honorable Terry Branstad, Governor of Iowa, provided welcoming remarks to the #BIO2016 attendees participating in the Biofuels and Renewable Chemicals Track Sessions.  Governor Branstad is not only the longest serving governor in American history but he was Iowa’s longest-serving governor, from 1983 to 1999. As the state’s chief executive, he endured some of Iowa’s worst economic turmoil, during the farm crisis of the ‘80s, while helping lead the state’s resurgence to a booming economy Read More >

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