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102 Organizations Urge Congress to Maintain a Strong Patent System and Protect Innovation

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A diverse group of more than 100 national and state-based advocacy organizations have united to urge Congress to preserve important patent protections that incentivize biopharmaceutical research necessary to innovate and develop new cures and treatments for serious diseases. In a letter sent to the Hill this week, these patient advocates asked Congress to amend the Innovation Act (H.R. 9) to preserve the highly-detailed and sophisticated systems designed by Hatch-Waxman and BPCIA and avoid weakening the Read More >

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Papayas in Paradise: Super powered fruit!

Lorie Farrell

As I drive into the fields in Keaau, I’m struck by the peaceful surroundings, the fields filled with growing papaya trees loaded with fruit. You can tell their age by how tall they are. At two years old, they’re about 10 feet tall and will grow another 10 feet per year until they reach approximately 40 feet tall; a height that is too tall to pick safely. The Rainbow papaya is a beautiful tree that Read More >

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Ezekiel Emanuel’s Flawed Solution

Jim Greenwood

In a New York Times op-ed today, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel proposes “The Solution to Drug Prices.” The piece is problematic in many respects, but we agree with one of his primary contentions: in discussions about drug prices, value is the real issue. This point was nicely made in a recent Times piece, where it quoted Crystal Bedford, whose five year old daughter, Marley, suffers from a rare genetic disease, Rhizomelic Chondrodysplasia Punctata (RCPD). A treatment Read More >

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Congratulations to the 2015 Buzz of BIO at the BIO Investor Forum Winners!

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BIO is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 BIO Investor Forum Buzz of BIO contest, which recognizes highly innovative companies in the biotech sector. Taking place October 20-21, 2015 at the Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco, California, the 14th Annual BIO Investor Forum will focus on investment opportunities for early stage and established private companies as well as emerging public companies. “This year’s Buzz of BIO winners exemplify the diversity of companies and Read More >

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Summer Potpourri

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Hard to believe that Labor Day is behind us and that some leaves are already changing colors.  It seems like just yesterday that summer started but the reality is that watching football and picking out Halloween costumes will soon replace treks to the pool and beach. The unofficial end of summer, however, is a great excuse to recap the most notable agricultural biotechnology related public policy actions over the last two and half months – Read More >

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