Articles

 

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.

The 12th Annual BIO Investor Forum featured exciting panels, partnering meetings and more!

BIO is committed to the socially responsible use of biotechnology to save or improve lives, improve the quality and abundance of food, and protect our environment. Our board of directors has adopted a Statement of Ethical Principles, and we continue to refine a comprehensive vision of ways to ensure biotechnology is used for the betterment of humankind and not abused.

Biotechnology research is important not only in the initial stages of developing algal biofuels, but also in optimizing algal strains for the mechanical engineering and processing needs of biofuel production.

Agricultural biotechnology is a science that allows plant breeders to make precise genetic changes to place beneficial traits – such as pest resistance, disease resistance or herbicide tolerance – into plants.

Since the introduction of biotechnology-derived commercial crop in 1996, farmers have used this science to grow plants that yield more per acre with reduced production costs while being resistant to disease and pests and also beneficial to the environment.

This Containment Analysis and Critical Control Point (CACCP) plan supports the production of plant-made pharmaceuticals (PMP) or plant-made industrial products (PMIP) in transgenic plants.

The Obama Administration has made global food security a top priority in which American agriculture must play a key role.

Biotechnology allows farmers to grow more food on less land using farming practices that are environmentally sustainable. Through biotechnology:

Seeds yield more per acre, plants naturally resist specific insect pests and diseases, and farming techniques improve soil conservation.

Enhanced Sustainability and Reduced Environmental Footprint

Agricultural biotechnology has helped enable large shifts in agronomic practices that have led to significant and widespread environmental benefits.

No-till agriculture, in limited use prior to 1996, has been widely adopted due to the superior weed control from biotech crops that are able to tolerate herbicides with low environmental impacts. This has led to improved soil health and water retention, reduced runoff, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions from reduced on-farm energy use.