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Policies that Benefit Start-Ups Grow the Bio-Economy

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The United States remains the land of entrepreneurialism despite our lingering economic troubles. To maintain our nation’s global leadership and drive job growth, we must continue to create policies that encourage and reward innovation in growth industries — including biotechnology. Jeffrey Bussgang, a general partner at the venture capital firm Flybridge Capital Partners contributed an interesting piece to Fortune/CNN Money in which he points out that start-up companies – not small businesses – are the Read More >

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Five things you need to know about the state of the industry

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What is the state of the biotechnology industry? To find out where the it stands and what strategies you need to survive, read Ernst & Young’s 25th annual industry report, Beyond borders: global biotechnology report 2011, that was released during a super session at the 2011 BIO International Convention. What were the industry’s profits last year? What kind of companies received funding? How should you engage the regulators? What new competencies do you need to 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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Are Manufacturers and Investors Looking for the Same Thing From Industrial Biotech?

The morning plenary session at BIO’s World Congress featured Jenny Cross from Mohawk Industries, makers of carpets, and Steven Mirshak of DuPont Tate & Lyle, suppliers of a biobased ingredient for Mohawk, discussing what consumers are looking for and how industrial biotech can meet their needs. Cross noted that their consumer research indicates that the typical consumer is looking for quality and durability, with price and “green” attributes coming second. One point that Cross emphasized Read More >

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Biofuels Are a Priority Says USDA's Tom Vilsack

Today, USDA’s new Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack discussed his priorities in a conference call with reporters across the country. Two of those priorities? You guessed, biofuels and climate change. The priorities as listed in a statement relased today by the USDA are: 1. Advancing research and development and pursuing opportunities to support the development of biofuels, wind power, and other renewable energy sources, saying that USDA needs to make sure that the biofuels industry has Read More >

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