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Brazil Fights Back Dengue Fever with GE Mosquito

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In a recent article, published by Globalpost, John Otis writes on how the small town of Jacobina, Brazil used agricultural biotechnology to help control the occurrence of Dengue Fever. By releasing swarms of mosquitoes engineered to wipe out their own species, Jacobina farmers will be better able to carry out their daily duties with a reduced risk of acquiring the disease.  “We need to provide alternatives because the system we have now in Brazil doesn’t Read More >

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BIO and Biominas Brasil to Co-Host 2014 BIO Latin America Conference

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I am excited to announce that BIO will co-host a new conference event, BIO Latin America, taking place September 9-11, 2014, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  We recently entered into an agreement with Biominas Brasil, a not-for- profit institution dedicated to life sciences in the region, to build on the successful BioPartnering Latin America event held by Biominas the past four years.  This new international conference for BIO will complement our global portfolio of industry events. The decision Read More >

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IP in Latin America: Growing Recognition of the Importance of IP to Innovation

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The Inter-American Dialogue’s daily Latin America Advisor recently asked the question “How seriously do Latin American countries protect IP rights?”  The editors asked various stakeholders about the U.S. Trade Representative’s Special 301 Report and its evaluation of Latin America’s protection of IP rights.  BIO’s Director for International Affairs, Meredith Fensom, commented on the growth of the innovative biotechnology sectors in Latin America and the critical role intellectual property plays.  ”The presence of more than 60 Read More >

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Brazil Patent Policy: At a Crossroads

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The Government of Brazil approaches the patent policy crossroads with two ministries wanting to move in opposite directions.  In the last few months, both the Brazilian Patent Office (INPI) and the Brazilian Regulatory Authority (ANVISA) issued proposed rules concerning patents and are sifting through public comments to determine how they will deal with biotech patents. A quirk in Brazilian law requires that the health regulatory authority (ANVISA) must provide “prior consent” on the grant of a pharmaceutical patent.  Traditionally, Read More >

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BIO Travels to Brazil to Support the Ecosystem of Innovation

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Government policies that support innovation are critical as the biotechnology industry seeks to develop innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products and provide them to people all around the world. Innovation requires not only scientific research and commercial expertise, but also supportive and dynamic governments that help facilitate long-term growth of the industry. Brazil has recognized the value of innovation in maintaining a robust, diversified economy that can compete in the 21st century, and declared Read More >

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