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2016 BIO Animal Biotech Summit Day One Highlights


BIO concluded its 2016 Animal Biotech Summit on Friday, September 23, 2016. BIO chose “One Health” as the theme of this year’s conference. “One Health” is the notion that the health of animals, the health of people, and the viability of ecosystems are inextricably linked. Day #1 Session Topics specifically focused on Animal Health & Welfare and Emerging Infectious Diseases. Bernadette Dunham, DVM, PhD, Visiting Professor at Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, kicked off the Read More >

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Imagine How Much Faster We Could Address Emerging Infections Like Zika and Dengue If We Worked Even Better Together


In just a few months, Brazil will host the 2016 Olympics, the most competitive global athletic event of the year.  But another important race for the people of that country–and millions more around the world–has already begun.  BIO members and others across the public health community are aiming to break vaccine development records to find solutions for unpredictable diseases like Zika and dengue.  Both produce a devastating impact on tropical and subtropical countries like Brazil, Read More >

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WHO Supports Male Assassins to Target Female Mosquitoes Spreading Zika Virus

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The race is on to better understand, diagnose and prevent Zika virus. The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that the human and social consequences for the 30 countries with recently detected Zika outbreaks could be “staggering”. So how could genetically engineered mosquitoes play a central role in the emergency R&D response being developed by the WHO? Mosquitoes are by far the most deadly animal to humans. Deaths from malaria are the most common cause, killing Read More >

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BIO Members Collaborate to Produce MERS Treatment


BIO member companies SAB Biotherapeutics, Inc. (SAB) and Novovax, Inc. teamed up with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Naval Medical Research Center to treat the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, known as MERS-CoV. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, S.D., SAB Biotherapeutics, Inc. is an established, biopharmaceutical company that is leading the science and manufacturing of immunoglobulin therapies. Novavax, a clinical-stage vaccine company, is headquartered in Gaithersburg, MD and currently has vaccine candidates to treat a variety of infectious Read More >

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Apparent Flaws in the Recent Study Linking Popular Weedkiller to Cancer

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On March 20, 2015, The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced that it had determined five crop protection products to be “possibly” or “probably” carcinogenic to humans. One of these crop protection products glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, was declared to be a class 2A “probable human carcinogen”. This conclusion, published in The Lancet Oncology, contradicts a strong and long standing consensus supported by a vast array of data and real world experience, and comes Read More >

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