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2015 State GE Food Products Labeling Legislative Scorecard

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State legislatures regularly tackle contentious issues.  In recent years, however, few policy matters have been as heated and wide ranging as the debate about genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Over the past few years, legislatures in 41 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico have considered bills pertaining to the labeling of food derived from genetically engineered (GE) crops or related legislation. Thus far in 2015, legislatures in 25 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico have Read More >

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The Bio Report: What a Decade of Investment Tells Us About the Health of Biotech

Emerging Therapeutic Company Investment and Deal Trends

In this podcast, The Bio Report’s Daniel Levine interviews BIO’s Dave Thomas on the recent release of a new BIO Industry Analysis report – Emerging Therapeutic Company Investment and Deal Trends – highlighting ten years (2005-2014) of biotechnology funding and deal making across five areas: venture capital, IPOs, follow-on public offerings, licensing, and acquisitions. The report also offers a first-time look at the degree of collaboration across the industry’s clinical pipeline. Some of the key findings Read More >

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House Agriculture Subcommittee Seeks Answers from the Agricultural Marketing Service

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On June 25, 2015, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research held a hearing to review the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Marketing Programs. Mr. Craig Morris, Deputy Administrator of Livestock Poultry and Seed Program of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) at the United States Department of Agriculture was the only witness to testify in front of the Subcommittee. Specifically, Mr. Morris discussed some of the management system audits offered by the Read More >

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GMO Answers on the IARC Assessment of 2,4-D as a Possible Carcinogen

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The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) creates Working Groups to periodically consider lifestyles, workplaces, and compounds that may have carcinogenicity potential. IARC is an agency under the World Health Organization (WHO) but is not responsible for regulating pesticides. On Monday, IARC classified 2,4-D as “possibly carcinogenic” to humans (Group 2B — same category as coffee and carpentry). Will this classification affect your daily life? Most likely — no. What is 2,4-D? 2,4-D is Read More >

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ASCO Publishes New “Value Framework” for Cancer Treatment Options

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On Monday, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) published “A Framework to Assess the Value of Cancer Treatment Options” in the Journal of Clinical Oncology intended to ‘assess the value of new cancer therapies based on treatment benefits, toxicities, and costs.’ The framework, developed by the ASCO Value in Cancer Care Task Force, is intended to ‘ultimately serve as the basis for user-friendly, standardized tools that physicians can use with their patients to discuss the relative value Read More >

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