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Why the Farm Bill is a Big Win for Biofuels

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BIO‘s Brent Erickson, executive vice president of the industrial & environmental section, wrote a noteworthy op-ed titled “Some Good News for a Change: Why The Farm Bill Is a Big Win for Biofuels and Biorefineries.” Published in Biofuels Digest, Brent discusses how the passing of the 2014 Farm Bill was the much needed good news for the biofuels industry in light of the recent EPA’s proposed RVO rule as part of the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard Read More >

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Immuno Oncology – A 30-year Overnight Success Story

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“It was the Rodney Dangerfield space – couldn’t get no respect” One would never guess those words were used to describe immuno-oncology, a field that has recently bloomed into full-fledged frenzy – with private companies raising unprecedented Series As, impressive data being announced and Science designating the field “Breakthrough of the Year” all in 2013. Yet Dr. Jeffrey Weber, an early member in the “i-onc” research community likened the past several decades of immuno-oncology to Read More >

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The Economist – Biotechnology: Fever Rising

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After speaking with several attendees and speakers at last week’s BIO CEO & Investor Conference, the Economist featured an article this week about the strong performance of biotech equities recently: AS INVESTORS and executives crammed into a New York ballroom for a conference held this week by the Biotechnology Industry Organisation, the mood was jittery. The previous week eight biotech firms had launched initial public offerings in America, together raising more than $500m. In a discussion Read More >

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GM Crop Technology Provides Boost to Developing Country Farmers

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Millions of farmers around the world continue to choose to plant and replant genetically modified (GM) crop varieties because of their environmental and socio-economic benefits and the important role they play in maintaining food security, according to a new study. The report, Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2013, released annually by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA), says a record 18 million farmers in 27 countries are growing biotech crops on Read More >

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National Health Interview Survey: Adult Vaccination Rates Need Boost

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released immunization coverage estimates from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) for six vaccines routinely recommended for adults including pneumococcal, tetanus and Tdap, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, herpes zoster (shingles), and Human papillomavirus (HPV). These data indicate little overall improvement in vaccination coverage among adults from 2011 to 2012. Compared with 2011, modest increases occurred in three vaccines: Tdap, herpes zoster and HPV. However, vaccination Read More >

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