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Ten Years After 9/11 and the Anthrax Attacks

Bacillus anthracis

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a hearing entitled, “Ten Years After 9/11 and the Anthrax Attacks: Protecting Against Biological Threats”. As stated by Chairman Lieberman in his opening remarks, the goal of the hearing was to examine whether the federal government “has developed the tools we need to respond effectively to a bioterror attack or naturally-occurring pandemic disease, to develop and disseminate vaccines and antibiotics, and to respond Read More >

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Boosting Investment in Biotech

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The President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness issued an interim report with suggestions to increase job creation and growth in the U.S., as well as plans for encouraging investment in the industry. Of particular interest to the biotech industry, the report offers suggestions for streamlining the FDA approval process. The report also outlines ideas for eliminating capital gains on investments of $25 million or less that are held for at least five years and recommends Read More >

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Incentivizing Biotech Growth; States and Regions Look to Stand Out from the Crowd


The United States’ prolonged economic woes have drastically impacted state budgets, causing across-the-board program cuts and reassessment of priorities. The bioscience industry was not immune to the crisis, but did begin to rebound much faster than many other industries. Because the biosciences remain a source of high-wage, high-skill jobs, almost every state in the country is actively engaged in building fundamental industry infrastructure. State-sponsored programs to encourage investment and help bioscience companies leverage existing resources Read More >

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KORUS and BIO’s New Senior Vice President for International Affairs

Joseph Damond

Earlier this week, Joseph Damond joined BIO as Senior Vice President of International Affairs.  He brings extensive experience in international affairs, trade and economics, most recently serving as Vice President of International Government Relations at Pfizer, Inc.  He previously served as Deputy Vice President for International Affairs at PhRMA and as the Deputy Assistant for the Asia-Pacific region in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Joe will spearhead BIO’s international trade policy and help Read More >

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Australian Senate Committee Recommends Against Banning ‘Gene Patents’

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The Australian Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee recommended against the Patent Amendment (Human Genes and Biological Materials) which would have banned DNA patents in Australia.  The push by members of the Australian Senate seemed to mirror efforts in the United States surrounding the Myriad case. The Committee found that: “While previous inquiries and public discussions have focused on the patenting of human genes, the Bill goes further and proposes a specific exclusion for biological materials which Read More >

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