The Health Section develops policy positions that promote biomedical innovation and represent the best interests of BIO member companies with a direct interest in human health. Among the priority issues the Health Section focuses on are matters affecting the healthcare-related regulatory and reimbursement climate, pandemic and biodefense preparedness, publicly-funded scientific research, and personalized medicine. The Health Section is managed by a Section governing body and recommends members to sit on BIO's Board of Directors.

The BIO Food and Agriculture Section is responsible for developing and advancing industry policies on all food and agriculture biotechnology issues related to international affairs, government relations, science and regulatory affairs, and media and public affairs. The Section has its own governing body, and fills four seats on the Board and two seats on the Executive Committee. The Governing Body oversees three policy committees: Production Agriculture, Emerging Plant Technology, and Animal Biotechnology.
Staff Contact: Cathleen Enright

The Emerging Companies Section serves the needs of small to medium size BIO member companies most of whom do not yet have major products approved and on the market. This section has its own governing body and fills one-third of the seats on the board of directors. This section operates to bring their opinion to bear on major issues affecting smaller companies, and to construct programs to enhance their development.
Staff Contact: Cartier Esham

The committee consists of the seven Elected Officers of the Organization, the immediate Past Chair of the Organization, the Vice Chairs of each Section's Governing Board, and At-Large Directors selected from the Full Board by the Chair and approved by the Board. The committee is authorized to exercise all powers of the Full Board, except for certain powers reserved for the Full Board under BIO's Bylaws.
Staff Contact: Tom DiLenge

BIO Staff Contact: Hans Sauer, Deputy General Counsel, IP
Committee Chair: Kenneth Dow, Johnson & Johnson
Past Chair: Tom Kelley, Monsanto
Existing Subcommittees and Working Groups:
  Amicus Subcommittee - Chair: Brian Barrett, Patent Counsel, Eli Lilly & Company

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Executive Summary

This paper demonstrates that the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (―RFS‖)—established under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, enhanced pursuant to the Energy Independence and Security Actof 2007 (―EISA‖), and enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency (―EPA‖)— provides considerable market motivation to drive investment in cellulosic and advanced biofuels.

As the use of agricultural biotechnology increases globally, people need information about food production that is truthful, so they can form opinions based on facts, not fear.

Currently, synthetic rubber is derived entirely from petrochemical sources. Genencor®, a Division of Danisco U.S. Inc., together with The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, is currently working on the development of a fermentation-based process for the BioIsoprene™ monomer.  

Synthetic biology is a new interdisciplinary area that involves the application of engineering principles to biology.

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Department: Business Development

Reports to: Manager, Business Development

Primary Purpose of the Position:

The primary purpose of this position is to provide analytic and web support to the Business Development Department primarily through the integration of marketing and information into overall business development strategy.

BIO represents more than 1,200 companies and organizations in Washington, DC, state capitals and international fora.

BIO membership is company based;  BIO does not offer individual memberships.

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2013 Dues Schedule (PDF)

Is my organization eligible for membership? Where can I find an application to join BIO? Does BIO offer membership to non-biotech companies?
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We offer a competitive, employer-paid benefits package. Send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to:

Biotechnology Industry Organization
Human Resources Department
1201 Maryland Avenue, SW
Suite 900
Washington, DC 20024
Phone: 202.962.9200
Fax: 202.488.6308

To help better inform and educate consumers - we have gathered important findings from across the scientific community about biotechnology and food safety.

Society has tapped just a small fraction of the many potential uses and benefits of biotechnology.