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Cancer drugs save and extend lives

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This week, CBS aired a misleading segment on the cost of innovative cancer therapies. BIO immediately responded by pointing out that the segment completely ignored the value created by these drugs for patients and the healthcare system. “Cancer patients today are able to live longer and enjoy a higher quality of life than ever before thanks to medicines made by biopharmaceutical research companies,” said Jim Greenwood, BIO President and CEO. “Advances in cancer treatment are Read More >

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5 Priorities for Reducing Infant Mortality

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In the U.S., the number of babies who die in their first year of life is declining, with an all-time low 6.4 infant mortality rate (6.4 deaths for every 1,000 live births) reported in 2009, according to the most recent available data. Yet there are persistent disparities that affect racial and ethnic minorities and geographic areas and to address these disparities, Secretary Sebelius recently announced the first-ever national strategy to address infant mortality. The Maternal Read More >

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The First-Ever BIO Latin America Conference a Major Success

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The first-ever BIO Latin America Conference was a major success and will become an annual must-attend event for those doing business in the region. Rio de Janeiro, SEPTEMBER 2014 – The 2014 BIO Latin America Conference, held on September 9-11, in Rio de Janeiro, brought together the in-depth expertise vital to the growth of the biotech industry in Latin America, and provided the attendees with networking and programming not available at any other regional gathering. Read More >

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From Hawaii to Colorado to Oregon: GMO Labeling Initiatives Hit Campaign Ballots

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HAWAII A judge’s ruling allows Maui County to print ballots that ask voters about a proposed moratorium on genetically engineered crops, reports the Associated Press. The decision dissolves a temporary restraining order after those who support genetically modified organisms sued to remove the measure. They argued its wording was deceptive, misleading and would confuse voters. The county filed to dissolve the order, which had prevented preparing ballots. Some ballots, including those for military members, have Read More >

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The Washington Post: Are Patents the Problem?

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Tamar Haspel, food columnist for the Washington Post, looks at the issue of seed patents in her October column: If you’re at the right party — a party populated by agriculture wonks — the issue of patenting living organisms might get more of a rise than either religion or politics, demonstrating both that patenting is a hot issue and that agriculture wonks aren’t much of a hit at parties (trust me on this one). A Read More >

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