The debate surrounding cancer endpoints has focused on the issue of quality of life and progression. Panelists shared some of the challenges in assessing quality of life, since it can be a fickle and subjective process. The data can be hard to nail down since patients don't always fill out the forms. The critical issues include survival rates, improved quality of life and progression of disease. Everything must be taken into consideration to determine endpoints, which is why the issue is hotly debated.

Panelists in the diabetes panel stressed the importance of the growing prevalence of the disease – it’s expected to more than double by 2030. Those are big numbers, particularly because diabetes is the number one cause of preventable blindness. There is a light on the horizon - several new treatments for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes:

Agricultural and industrial biotechnology are key enabling technologies that will allow the U.S. to sustainably reach the new national renewable fuels standard (RFS) established by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

Economists have long recognized that the development and spread of economic innovations are the most powerful factors affecting how fast the U.S. economy grows and how much the incomes of most Americans will rise.

Certain groups are calling for serious overhaul of the nation‟s patent system.

In order to ensure that new pioneer biotechnology products continue to reach patients and physicians, any statutory pathway for the approval of follow-on biologics must protect patient safety and preserve incentives to innovate.

This report by Andrew Balmer and Dr. Paul Martin of the University of Nottingham's Institute for Science and Society was an independent review commissioned by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

What is animal cloning?

U.S. Department of Commerce report concludes that developing cellulosic ethanol would produce significant benefits to the US economy.

A 2007 study by Informa Economics of the factors that affect the consumer price index for food finds that rising oil prices, not ethanol, has had the greatest impact.

Executive Summary

In a presentation at the Taiwan Chemical Industry Forum, Matthew Carr outlines how industrial biotechnology is the third wave in biotech.

Biotechnology, the combination of biology and technology, includes biologic applications, diagnostic tools and businesses that improve everyday life by providing solutions to some of life's most vexing problems.

Authors: Henry Grabowski, Iain Cockburn, Genia Long, Richard Mortimer, Scott Johnson