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The Presidential Inaugural: Looking Back at 30 Years of Biotech Policy Milestones

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As President Barack Obama prepares for his second inauguration, we decided that it would be a good time to take a look back on some of the most important pieces of legislation enacted by past presidential administrations and Congress with the support of the biotechnology industry. From helping create jobs, to propelling continued innovation and promoting research to find cures for rare diseases, the following pieces of legislation from the past 30 years are some Read More >

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Biofuels Producers ask President Obama to Stay the Course on the RFS

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Earlier this month eight biofuel industry organizations formed the Biofuels Producers Coordinating Council to advocate for national policy advancing biofuel technology. Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial and Environmental Section is a member along with Michael McAdams, Advanced Biofuels Association; Brooke Coleman, Advanced Ethanol Council; Mary Rosenthal, Algal Biomass Organization; Brian Jennings, American Coalition for Ethanol; Tom Buis, Growth Energy; Anne Steckel, National Biodiesel Board; and Bob Dinneen, Renewable Fuels Association. The group Read More >

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National Bioeconomy Blueprint

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Today, the White House released its National Bioeconomy Blueprint.  The Blueprint defines the bioeconomy as, “economic activity that is fueled by research and innovation in the biological sciences” and identifies the bioeconomy as a priority for the Obama Administration. BIO provided input and submitted ideas to the Administration after it announced the development of the Blueprint last Fall. While the Administration has largely been focused on advancing innovation in areas such as electronic devices, social Read More >

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Presidential Memo Expands Purchases of Biobased Products and Creates Jobs

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This week President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum that challenges the federal government to substantially increase purchases of biobased products over the next two years, driving new job growth and innovation. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) already designates 64 categories of biobased products for federal procurement and this memorandum asks Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to increase the number of both designated categories of and individual biobased products eligible for preferred purchasing by 50 Read More >

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Boosting Investment in Biotech

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The President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness issued an interim report with suggestions to increase job creation and growth in the U.S., as well as plans for encouraging investment in the industry. Of particular interest to the biotech industry, the report offers suggestions for streamlining the FDA approval process. The report also outlines ideas for eliminating capital gains on investments of $25 million or less that are held for at least five years and recommends Read More >

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