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Like Dominoes they Fall – the GMO Labeling Bills Nationwide.

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Last week, the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (commonly called the state legislature) went into recess. While it is a year-round legislature, bills not passed by the end of last week are now considered dead. This would include the GMO labeling bill which proponents only weeks earlier had proclaimed to be supported by the majorities of both the House and Senate. However, a large coalition of agricultural and food organizations spent several months Read More >

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Five Countries, One Goal: Collaboration with Global Impact in the Life Sciences Industry

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During the 2013 BIO International Convention, the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) and regions from four other countries launched the new International Collaborative Industry Program (ICIP). The MLSC will partner with Victoria, Australia; the Wallonia region of Belgium; Quebec, Canada; and Alsace in France to award funding to projects promoting innovative and collaborative research and development (R&D) between companies in Massachusetts and in the partnering regions. The program’s goal is to develop long-term collaborations to advance late-stage R&D projects in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical Read More >

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New Report Shows Strength of Massachusetts’ Biotech Industry

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If you read this blog, there’s a good chance you already know that Massachusetts is one of the biggest biotech hubs in the world. The Commonwealth’s successes in biotech economic development can be attributed to a number of things. Perhaps foremost, its world-class universities, such as MIT and Harvard, continue to churn out the innovation that keeps venture groups interested. Meanwhile, established biotechs and Big Pharma continue to focus more and more R&D work in Read More >

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Massachusetts Governor and Lawmakers Improve Patient Access

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Earlier this week Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed the 2013 budget. Within that budget are two provisions that will ultimately benefit healthcare consumers within the Commonwealth. The first provision was a partial repeal of the Massachusetts gift ban law enacted two years ago. In the words of Governor Patrick, “This narrow change will afford healthcare providers some flexibility to be educated on new clinically relevant products and allow them to stay informed on advancements in Read More >

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Senator John Kerry and the 2012 BIO International Convention

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One of our scheduled keynote speakers at the 2012 BIO International Convention in Boston was Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts. Unfortunately the Senator was unable to join us as planned when his duties kept him in Washington, DC for votes on important legislation. Senator Kerry has been a strong supporter of biomedical innovation. During the health care reform debate, Senator Kerry strongly supported and fought for a 12-year data exclusivity period for innovative biomedicines and Read More >

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