Public Policy

Providing legal counsel within the biotech industry comes with a unique set of challenges.  Legal professionals must consistently stay on top of the latest policy and regulatory changes within the industry. From patent issues to new laws on licensing to regulations for new innovations, the BIO International Convention (June 27-30) will feature the latest updates, insights and networking opportunities—plus educational sessions where you can earn up to eight CLE credit hours—to help fast-track your career. Sit in on any number of BIO Program presentations by leading law firms and earn CLE credits.

You might have heard that the Prince of Wales, just days after hosting the Royal Wedding, paid us a visit here in Washington.  Prince Charles, a long-time organic food advocate and self-described environmentalist, was here to speak at a Washington Post symposium on the Future of Food.

Recently introduced legislation could help the military become the technology leader in scaling up commercial production of sustainable biofuels, such as algae.

The world’s largest biotech hubs are busy planning their delegations’ visits to the  BIO International Convention  next month. The international program at the Convention will be one of the most robust to date, with International Case Studies, breakout sessions focused on globalization and Super Sessions focused on the emerging markets.

During today’s plenary lunch session at BIO's 2011 World Congress in Toronto, Royal DSM CEO Feike Sijbesma gave a passionate keynote address and accepted the 2011 George Washington Carver Award for his company’s efforts to promote bio-based products over those relying on fossil-fuel resources.

VABIO's Mark Herzog discusses biotech in Virginia and the upcoming BIO International Convention in Washington, DC.

Scientific American will release the third annual Worldview: A Global Biotechnology Perspective at this year’s BIO International Convention.

BIO will be co-hosting an event with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the issuance of U.S. patent 4,259,444 to Ananda Chakrabarty following the Supreme Court case, Diamond v. Chakrabarty, which held that Chakrabarty’s bioengineered bacterium was eligible for patenting.

A new report analyzing FDA-approved monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) produced by a select group of leading biotechnology companies shows that clinical development times – specifically the duration of Phase II and Phase III trials – are lengthening, while FDA review times have remained constant.

Mark Herzog, executive director of the Virginia Biotechnology Association recently discussed the success and challenges facing the burgeoning bioscience industry in his state.

"The Value Proposition for Cellulosic and Advanced Biofuels Under the Federal Renewable Fuel Standard" is forthcoming in the April 2011 Industrial Biotechnology Journal.

Recently the Oklahoma Bioscience Association held a 2011 BIO International Convention information session for their delegates to get ready for the June event.

Current rules resulting from a 2003 Office of Hearings and Appeals decision have inhibited and interfered with the growth and survival of small private biotechnology companies and the development of promising technologies and products

The Agriculture Department has announced additional money for loan guarantees to support construction of new advanced biofuel biorefineries.

Letters, Testimony & Comments

October 29 2015
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) appreciates this opportunity to submit comments on the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) July 2015 Update on Subject Matter Eligibility (Guidance).
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.
October 14 2014
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) welcomes the opportunity to provide comments to Public Consultation #65 published by the Board of Directors of the National Health Surveillance Agency on August 4, 2014 which proposes a new regulation defining the procedures and requirements for conducting clinical trials involving drugs in Brazil.
October 14 2014
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) welcomes the opportunity to provide comments to Public Consultation #8 published by the Brazilian Ministry of Health on August 14, 2014 which proposes a new regulation defining the guidelines and criteria for the submission, formation, monitoring and evaluation of PDP (Public-Private Productive Development Partnerships) projects.

Press Releases

October 26 2015
BIO applauds Reps. John Carney (D-DE), Sean Duffy (R-WI), Mike Quigley (D-IL), and Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) for introducing H.R. 3784, the SEC Small Business Advocate Act, which would ensure that growing companies have a strong, independent voice at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
September 16 2015
BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood released the following statement today commending President Barack Obama for his nomination of Dr. Robert Califf as Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA):
August 3 2015
BIO announced the appointment of Jeanne Haggerty as Senior Vice President of Federal Government Relations.
July 22 2015
BIO thanked Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and other committee members for marking up legislation to extend critical tax incentives. The legislation would extend for two years the important Research & Development Tax Credit, the Second Generation Biofuel Producer Tax Credit, the Special Depreciation Allowance for Second Generation Biofuel Plant Property, and the Controlled Foreign Corporation Look-Through Rule.