Vaccines & Biodefense

In the U.S., the recommended immunization series prevents approximately 33,000 deaths each year. Advancements in biotechnology have made it possible to produce vaccines that cannot transmit a virus or bacterium. This method has helped create more than 20 new vaccines against infectious agents, improved existing vaccines, and increased the amount of vaccine that can be produced.

Coronavirus
Biotech Response to COVID-19

As the threat of the novel coronavirus continues to grow globally, innovative biopharmaceutical companies are ramping up efforts to study the virus and develop vaccines and cures to protect individuals from contracting the virus.

Blog Posts
Escaping the Food Allergy Prison
October 12, 2021
Every three minutes in the United States, an allergic reaction to foods sends someone to the emergency room. Today, we explore what life is like when you must avoid certain foods. But we also learn that there is hope…
Covid Vaccine
October 11, 2021
Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic began, members of underrepresented and historically underserved communities have been disproportionately impacted by it, including members of the Hispanic and Latinx communities. While…
Sickle Cell
September 29, 2021
September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month—a time to reflect on how many people are affected by Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) and how much more needs to be done to fund research and put an end to it once and for all. However…
Press Releases
May 18, 2021
"The White House’s decision to send Covid-19 vaccines to countries in need is an important step to ensuring people around the globe have access to lifesaving shots and ending this global pandemic. “As part of BIO’s recently-proposed Global “SHARE” program, we’ve made clear the urgent need to…
April 20, 2021
Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath, president and CEO of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), yesterday sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Ambassador Katherine Tai sharing BIO perspectives regarding the proposed WTO “TRIPS waiver” for COVID related products. The letter, written…
March 18, 2021
The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) welcomes the confirmations this week of Katherine Tai to the position of U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and Xavier Becerra to lead the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  The United States leads the world in biotechnology…
Letters, Comments & Testimony
August 9, 2021
On Thursday, June 10th, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a draft guidance, Core Patient-Reported Clinical Outcomes in Cancer Clinical Trials, providing recommendations to sponsors on the collection of a core set of patient-reported clinical outcomes in cancer clinical…
July 22, 2021
The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) is the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. Our mission is to advance…
July 16, 2021
On Wednesday, July 14th, BIO submitted comments on FDA’s Guidances: 1) Remote Interactive Evaluations of Drug Manufacturing and Bioresearch Monitoring Facilities During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Guidance; 2) Updated Manufacturing, Supply Chain, and Drug and Biological Product Inspections…
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