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Shoppers Already Have a Choice Regarding Biotech Foods

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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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Brazilian Innovation: A Patent Success

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The story of Acheflan highlights the role of patents in homegrown innovation in developing countries.  Professor Michael Ryan of George Washington University Law School reviewed several case studies (including Acheflan) in Brazil that highlight the differences in biomedical innovation both pre- and post-intellectual property reforms. In the early 1980’s, Ache Laboratorios Farmaceuticos (a Brazilian generics manufacturer) became aware of a plant that grew near coastal cities that local fishermen would mash into an oil rub Read More >

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BIO Applauds U.S.-Japan Action on GE Papaya

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that the Government of Japan approved Hawaii’s Rainbow papaya for commercial shipment to Japan. The Rainbow papaya is genetically engineered to be resistant to the papaya ringspot virus. This announcement marks the beginning of a new chapter for Hawaiian papaya growers. “The market opening in Japan is great news for Hawaii’s papaya producers and even better news for American agricultural exports,” said Michael Scuse, Acting Under Secretary for Read More >

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Georgia Bio Recognizes Two State Legislators with Annual Award

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While the economic climate has been difficult for bioscience companies, it has also had a significant impact on state budgets, causing many states to cut programs and reassess economic priorities. That said, the bioscience industry has remained a valuable growth area, both in the United States and abroad. Therefore, it’s not surprising that local and state government leaders continue to support economic development initiatives that encourage the growth of this industry. This week, Georgia Bio Read More >

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Illinois Sees Biotech as Key to Job Growth

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For every job created in the biotech industry, up to five additional jobs are created to build research facilities; maintain laboratory and computer equipment; supply laboratory and office equipment, and provide basic services to even the most modest biotechnology facilities. David Miller of the Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization is well aware of the above statistic. He shared his views on the challenges and payoffs tied to establishing Chicago as a high-tech employment hub earlier this Read More >

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