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Virginia Governor McDonnell Aims to Lure Biotech Jobs

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell unveiled an economic development package Wednesday that includes $37 million to lure businesses and jobs to the commonwealth. Nearly one quarter of which is earmarked for life sciences and biotechnology industry development — sectors that are staples of the economy of neighboring Maryland. The announcement was made during a press conference, in which Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling said “There, frankly, are a lot of states around the country over the Read More >

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Maryland Awards $1 Million to Five Biotech Small Businesses

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In effort to spur commercialization and advance treatments for cancer and other diseases, the Maryland Biotechnology Center (MBC) announced earlier this month that it awarded a total of $1 million to five promising life sciences companies through its Biotechnology Commercialization Awards and Translational Research awards. The companies, which received up to $200,000 each, will use the funding to advance cancer therapies, ensure food safety, more quickly detect infectious disease and develop more efficient cardiac repair. Read More >

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For Preventing Hunger, Biotechnology is Key

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The journal Nature recently published an article authored by Calestous Juma, director of the Agricultural Innovation in Africa Project at the Harvard Kennedy School. To survive the droughts, wars and other major causes of famine, Africa must embrace technologies that enable it to produce more, better food with less effort. Juma argues, “if African countries can’t plant genetically modified crops to produce more and healthier food, vulnerable populations will be at risk.” Indeed, without the Read More >

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South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard Talks Biotech

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard

Shortly before the 2011 BIO International Convention, I had the opportunity to speak with South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard about his state’s growing biotech presence and his first visit to the world’s largest global event for the biotechnology industry. South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard Click the link below to listen to the podcast interview with Governor Daugaard. South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard Talks Biotech On a similar note, J. Pat Costello of South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Read More >

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Rust Belt Renaissance; Biotech in the Buckeye State

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Once upon a time in America there was a broad region known as the Manufacturing Belt, it followed the Great Lakes from New York to Wisconsin. These days you generally hear it called the Rust Belt. Despite the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs, it remains one of the world’s preeminent manufacturing areas with a workforce that has been retooled to participate in an innovation economy. Amid the sea of grim employment numbers and Read More >

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