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Learn more about the history of biotechnology.

Personalized medicine has the potential to revolutionize patient care. The fundamental goal in advancing our healthcare system through personalized medicine is to deliver the right treatment to the right patient at the right time.

A report by Health Advances found that significant limitations in the current reimbursement system for novel diagnostics lead to inconsistent coverage decisions and impede the investment necessary for the development of the next generation of diagnostics.

 

Agricultural Economics

A bioeconomy is one built upon renewable biofuels, bio-based chemicals and bio-based materials. In a bioeconomy, experts can replace energy and materials as fast as society uses them. As the population continues to grow and put greater demands on the food and energy supply, a sustainable bioeconomy model is necessary to ensure that society can continue to feed and fuel its members.

 

Biofeedstocks and Biomass

 

Agricultural Sustainability

The expanding global population is placing ever-increasing demands on land, water, energy and natural resources, and the use and consumption of these resources have an impact on the global environment. Biotechnology promises global agriculture and forestry that is both more productive and environmentally sustainable.

Stronger, More Sustainable Crops

 

Chronic Disease

Chronic diseases such as asthma, arthritis, cancer, heart disease and diabetes are ongoing, generally incurable illnesses. Collectively, chronic diseases are the number one cause of death and disability in the U.S. With a better understanding of the molecular basis of health and disease, biotech scientists are developing improved methods for diagnosing, treating and preventing chronic disease.

Diabetes

 

 

Clean Technology

New biotech tools and technologies are improving process efficiencies, reducing process energy consumption and limiting the production of waste.

Biotech Derived Enzymes

 

Diagnostics

Biotech diagnostic tools use genetic information to help doctors detect and diagnose conditions faster and with greater ease and accuracy. Doctors can now tailor disease prevention and treatment to individual patients using an individual’s genetic information.

Know What’s Wrong Faster

 

Disease Treatment

To discover and develop new biotech therapies, some biotech companies are using the skills of rational drug design to research the advanced screening of chemical libraries. Other biotech companies are studying proteins, genes, cells and tissues – all made in living systems – to develop new biotech therapies.

Cancer: No Longer a Death Sentence

 

Early Life

Infants and children are among the most vulnerable to infectious diseases. Biotech therapies have helped prevent some of the most dangerous childhood conditions, increasing life expectancy, reducing costs of care and avoiding immeasurable suffering.

 

Protecting Infants from RSV

 

Energy Independence

Industrial biotechnology experts are leveraging homegrown energy sources and natural resources, forging a path to U.S. energy independence and security.

Biomass

 

Food Security

With rising incomes, associated food demands, the global population increasing rapidly and the vast majority of arable land already in production, the future of humankind depends on increasing agricultural yields. Agricultural biotechnology helps provide enough food to meet global demands by increasing crop yields, productivity and improving animal health and quality.

Increasing Crop Yields

 

Global Health

Biotechnology proactively addresses serious threats to global health by fueling the development of treatments and vaccines for infectious diseases and possible pandemics that affect millions around the world.

Infectious Disease

 

Nutrition, Value & Choice

Research in agricultural biotechnology has helped produce more nutritious and healthful foods. Biotech experts develop crops with enhanced nutrition profiles that address vitamin and nutrient deficiencies and improve food and crop oil content, which can aid in cardiovascular health.

 

Enhancing Nutrition in Developing Countries

 

Reducing Greenhouse Gases

Biotechnology scientists are successfully producing fuels, chemicals, materials and other products in ways that greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Industrial Manufacturing

American agriculture has an impressive track record of successfully addressing the economic and market-based issues associated with coexistence, whether neighbor-to-neighbor or through state seed certifying agencies or other local, state or regional intiatives.

The revolution in synthetic biology has enabled innovative manufacture of biofuels and the development of biological processes for the manufacture of bulk and fine chemicals.

Sara Radcliffe, BIO Executive Vice President Health, presents an overview of BIO's commissioned study on Diagnostics Reimbursement at the Harvard Medical Center Partners Healthcare Personalized Medicine Conference: Impacting Healthcare.

It is essential that biogenic carbon flows are assessed in a correct, transparent and consistent way in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and product carbon footprint (PCF) tools.

A biologic is manufactured in a living system such as a microorganism, or plant or animal cells. Most biologics are very large, complex molecules or mixtures of molecules. Many biologics are produced using recombinant DNA technology.

Safety is a priority for the development of all medicines, but biologics raise safety considerations above and beyond those of chemical drugs.

Ethanol can be made from cellulosic biomass - plant matter composed of inedible cellulose fibers that form the stems and branches of most plants.

In this presentation, BIO urges the Food and Drug Administration to prioritize patient safety and incentives for innovation at a public hearing on biosimilars.