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Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger: Takeaways from Partnering For Cures 2012

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The chorus to Kanye West’s 2007 chart-topper Stronger can teach us volumes about speeding drug development. Harder:  Drug development is challenging.  It takes over 10 years and more than $1 billon to bring a therapy through the product pipeline, from the research lab to clinical trials to FDA approval to prescription to patients suffering from the disease. The FDA approved over 30 innovative drugs last year, including more than 10 new treatments for cancer—a good Read More >

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Biotechnology on the Ballot: Scaremongering vs. Progress

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Microbiologist and science writer Alex Berezow writes for the Wall Street Journal that Prop 37 is a “scaremongering California initiative” that would be “another green blow to progress.”  Berezow is quick to point out the many benefits of biotechnology (ringspot-resistant  papayas; high-yielding cotton crops; food crops that fight pests without insecticide; “Arctic apples,” which don’t turn brown after they are sliced; drought-resistant corn) and biotech’s promises that are currently waiting in the technology pipeline (a Read More >

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34 daily newspapers from California urge voters to vote NO on Prop 37

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In recent editorials, California’s major daily newspapers are urging voters to reject Proposition 37 on the November ballot.  Read all No on Prop. 37 editorials here. The San Jose Mercury News says Prop 37 has best of intent, but bad drafting. “Proposition 37 should never have been placed on the ballot this fall.”  “…there are real problems with this particular law.” “A badly drafted law with good intentions is still a bad law.” “Voters should reject Read More >

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Opportunities in Agriculture

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Dr. Jon Hagler, the Missouri Director of Agriculture, spoke recently at BIO’s Livestock Biotech Summit about our country – and the world – being on the precipice of some unprecedented opportunities in agriculture. As Missouri’s agriculture leader, Hagler has raised ag’s profile by emphasizing the importance of this industry and ag-related jobs to the state’s overall economy and its relevance to every consumer. Hagler said that with a population of 9 billion expected by 2050, Read More >

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Playing Politics: Political Pitfalls for Animal Biotechnology

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This year’s BIO Livestock Biotech Summit featured a session called Political Pitfalls for Animal Biotechnology. Moderator Dr. Cathleen Enright, BIO’s Executive Vice President of Food & Agriculture, told attendees that the biotech industry needs to tell our story and acknowledge the political factors that we face in order to drive innovation and bring new products to the marketplace. “We must be able to trade products containing or derived from a new technology or that technology Read More >

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