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Shoppers Already Have a Choice Regarding Biotech Foods

Greg Conko

Food Chemical News (an Agra Informa publication) ran a thorough editorial in its February 17 edition on the biotech food labeling debate. In this piece, Gregory Conko, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, explains why it would be unnecessary to require special labeling for foods containing biotech ingredients: “Today, there are many thousands of affirmatively labeled, non-biotech foods available in stores as varied as Whole Foods Markets and Wal-Mart. “From just 2000 to Read More >

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Bioscience Economic Development Needs Key Ingredients

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Realizing that entrepreneurship is a key ingredient in economic development, states and localities continue to support programs that assist bioscience businesses and capitalize on the regional presence of universities and/or federal laboratories. With this fact in mind, Peter M. Pellerito, a senior policy consultant at BIO, and I recently collaborated on a report that investigates what specific steps have been taken across the United States as a means of attracting bioscience companies and expanding job Read More >

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Venture Capital increases in 2011, but…

The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) has released their 4Q 2011 numbers for biotech venture financing in the US. The report echoes the global numbers already out from BioCentury and BioWorld – a boost in investment for 2011. The take away, however, is not the total amount, but 1) the drop in the total number of biotech deals, and 2) the drop in start-up, early-stage deals from 2010. The total number of deals near 447 was down Read More >

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Mass. Governor Patrick Looking Forward to the BIO International Convention

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In just six months, Boston will be welcoming more than 15,500 of the world’s leading biotech stakeholders to the biggest industry event of the year – the 2012 BIO International Convention. Both Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino attended a kickoff breakfast in October where they voiced their industry support: “It’s an honor to have BIO coming back so soon,” said Gov. Patrick. “By drawing the world’s attention once again to our Read More >

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Sizing up the NBI in 2011

How did the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index (NBI) perform in 2011 relative to other sectors? Second place. Not so bad considering 2011 was the year of defense in the stock market. Like a page out of a textbook on defensive market plays, utilities edged out ahead with a +15% gain, followed by consumer staples with 11%. The NBI squeezed in between at 12%, just above the overall healthcare sector. Overall, the S&P500 was flat for the Read More >

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