Health Care

Biosimilars, also known as follow-on biologics, may eventually expand access and provide patients a more affordable alternative to innovative, lifesaving medicines. 

Myths abound regarding data exclusivity and the ability of an innovator to extend the period of data exclusivity as provided in the health care reform bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and legislation currently under consideration in the Senate.

Dr. Targan explains how the biotech industry is using the biology of taste to create healthier sweeteners, block bitter tastes, and help make unpleasant-tasting medicines more palatable.

Youve probably heard the term pandemic a lot in the news today. What you might not know is that biotechnology researchers are working to create new vaccination options to help stop the next big pandemic before it starts.

What's a stem cell? Where does it come from? Learn more about how biotechnology is utilizing stem cells to create tomorrow's cures for today's diseases.

Personalized medicine will change the way patients are treated in the future - for the better. Learn more about personalized medicine - how it works, and why it could save consumers a lot of money.

This video provides a basic overview of biotechnology and its many applications in our daily lives.

Are biotech drugs really that different from traditional pharmaceuticals.  You bet they are.  Learn why here.

BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood and BIO Board Chair Dr. Stephen Sherwin discuss the need to ensure that health care reform promotes and preserves innovation, particularly in a pathway for biosimilars and the use of comparative effectiveness data.

Letters, Testimony & Comments

July 10 2015
We applaud Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Congresswoman Diana DeGette’s (D-CO) efforts on H.R. 6., which takes important steps toward placing patients at the center of the drug development process, and we believe will help spur the development of therapies for the most prevalent conditions, as well as encourage development of treatments focused on rare conditions and other unmet medical needs. We strongly support establishing a framework for incorporating patient views into the development and regulatory review processes in a more structured and transparent way, both with respect to patient input for benefit-risk assessments and use of patient experience data in regulatory decision-making.
June 5 2015
BIO submitted a letter to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the Managers Amendment to PATENT Act.
June 4 2015
BIO submitted a letter to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the Managers Amendment to PATENT Act.
February 23 2015
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) thanks you for the opportunity to provide our initial thoughts on your report Innovation for Healthier Americans. 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. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.
February 5 2015
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) appreciates the opportunity to submit comments on two draft guidance release on October 3, 2014, entitled Framework for Regulatory Oversight of Laboratory Developed Tests (the "Framework Guidance") and FDA Notification and Medical Device Reporting for Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs) (the "Notification Guidance) (Collectively the "LDT Guidance").

Press Releases

November 18 2015
BIO released a list of seven proposed topics for the November 20th U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Forum on Pharmaceutical Innovation, Access, Affordability and Better Health. The consideration of these topics at the Forum will help to ensure that patients have access to the most innovative new treatments and cures.
October 8 2015
Communication Important for Patients and Physicians