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Inside Health Policy: Clearing Up Confusion About Bills Updating Vaccine Tax Code

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Inside Health Policy’s Alaina Busch wrote a story today on confusion that has been spreading recently related to vaccines excise legislation. Vaccines protect people from seasonal flu, and new strains have recently been approved to further protect public health. As such, the vaccine excise tax must in turn be updated to include recent approvals. S. 391 and H.R. 475 update the existing excise tax to cover the newest seasonal influenza vaccines. The legislation does not Read More >

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Legislative Hopes, Fears

PNNL Research Scientist Heather Brown

Biotechnology advances are poised now more than ever to help policymakers achieve their goals of supporting innovation in health care, renewable energy, and green technologies. How can they help us? Here are our six hopes (and one big concern) for the term ahead. HOPE 1: Cultivate an atmosphere for patient access to our products While the Congress considers finding savings, do it in a way that does not threaten patient access to drug products by Read More >

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2011: A Pivotal Year for Biotechnology

Jim Greenwood

Biotechnology continues to hold the greatest promise to address many of the most critical issues facing our world. Continued innovation will lead to breakthrough new and improved cures and treatments for patients living with debilitating diseases such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes and Parkinson’s; enhanced agricultural products to feed a growing global population while protecting the environmental health of our planet; vaccines to protect against bioterrorism; and revolutionary biofuels. The ability of BIO members to continue Read More >

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How to grow the economy and feed the world

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By Barbara Wells, President and CEO, ArborGen Chair, BIO Food and Agriculture Section Governing Board For the past two decades, the United States has led the world in crop biotechnology innovation. Under this leadership, American growers have produced most of the world’s food, fiber and energy, while the U.S. agricultural sector experienced sustained economic growth and a positive trade balance. But an increasingly complicated regulatory system and threats of litigation from opponents of technology have Read More >

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Unleashing the Promise of Biotechnology to Cure Disease and Save Lives

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The other day I came across an article discussing vaccinations and the author mentioned his 15-year-old son asking him: “Dad, what’s polio?” Many of us are old enough to remember a time when polio struck fear and caused suffering for millions.  Today, at least in the developed world, polio is something kids have to ask their parents to explain to them. Imagine someday, our grandchildren asking us, “What was cancer?” How great would that be? Read More >

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