Public Policy

GEN's Editor-in-Chief John Sterling outlines his picks for the top ten "must attend" breakout sessions at the 2011 BIO International Convention.

As we celebrate World Health Day today, it is an opportunity to remember that vaccines represent one of the most important global health investments.

 John Carroll, editor of Fierce Biotech, shares what he won't miss at the 2011 BIO International Convention.

Fifteen years after Dolly, the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell rather than an embryo, made headlines, the process of livestock cloning is increasingly gaining acceptance as a viable means of satisfying demand for sustainable food production.

Derek Gregg discusses biotech in WV – major growth areas, outlook for the future, and upcoming plans for the BIO International Convention.

BIOtechNow’s Tracy Cooley discusses biotech in West Virginia – major growth areas, outlook for the future, and upcoming plans for the BIO International Convention – with Derek Gregg.

Patent systems can provide an advantage to society by rewarding the development of new inventions, promoting the advancement of technology and protecting the investor.  Patents often are the most important, and sometimes only, asset of a biotech company. Patents and related rights must be obtained in a timely and predictable manner and the ability to enforce those patents is critical.

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, which is tasked with administering the $1 billion state's life sciences initiative, has awarded five loans to start up companies, totaling $3.75 million.

Overhauled BIOTradeStatus lets users search for the latest information on hundreds of products.

Budget victories will help biotechnology in the Commonwealth

The Patent Reform Act of 2011 would strengthen and improve our nation’s patent system, spurring innovation and job creation.

Industry leaders point out that biotech-enabled advanced biofuels spur job growth and reduce U.S. dependence on imported oil.

March 27 2014
February 25, 2013     Marilyn Tavenner, B.S.N., M.H.A. Administrator Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Room 445–G, Hubert H. Humphrey Building 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20201   Re: Draft 2015 Letter to Issuers on Federally-facilitated Marketplaces   Dear Ms. Tavenner:             The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) is pleased to submit the following comments on the draft letter related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) health insurance Marketplaces that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued on February 4, 2014, entitled “Draft 2015 Letter to Issuers on Federally-facilitated Marketplaces” (the “Draft Letter”).[1]             BIO represents more than 1,000 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers, and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO's members develop medical products and technologies to treat patients afflicted with serious diseases, to delay the onset of these diseases, or to prevent them in the first place. In that way, our members’ novel therapeutics, vaccines, and diagnostics not only have improved health outcomes, including productivity and quality of life, but also have reduced health care expenditures due to fewer physician office visits, hospitalizations, and surgical interventions. [1] Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Draft 2015 Letter to Issuers in the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces (FFM) (Feb. 4, 2014). Available at: http://www.cms.gov/CCIIO/Resources/Regulations-and-Guidance/Downloads/draft-issuer-letter-2-4-2014.pdf (hereinafter “Draft Letter to Issuers”).   
March 27 2014
VIA ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION   March 1, 2014     Patrick Conway, M.D. Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality Chief Medical Officer Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation 7500 Security Boulevard Baltimore, MD 21244   RE: Request for Information: Evolution of ACO Initiatives at CMS   Dear Dr. Conway:   The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) is pleased to submit the following comments regarding the Request for Information (RFI) on the “Evolution of ACO Initiatives at CMS” released by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) on December 20, 2013.[1]  BIO represents more than 1,000 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers, and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations.  BIO’s members develop medical products and technologies to treat patients afflicted with serious diseases, to delay the onset of these diseases, or to prevent them in the first place.  In that way, our members’ novel therapeutics, vaccines, and diagnostics not only have improved health outcomes, but also have reduced healthcare expenditures due to fewer physician office visits, hospitalizations, and surgical interventions. [1]           Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Request for Information: Evolution of ACO Initiatives at CMS (Dec. 20, 2013), available at: http://innovation.cms.gov/Files/x/Pioneer-RFI.pdf.   
November 6 2013
On behalf of the BIO and its 1,100 members, I am writing in strong support of your Start-up Jobs and Innovation Act. I want to thank you for introducing this important legislation, which will spur investment in small biotech companies and other innovative businesses.
July 10 2013
Therapeutic biologics are an opportunity to address unmet patient needs, drive innovation, and assist China's transformation into a knowledge-intensive economy.
July 10 2013
A healthy public market is key to the success of the biotech industry, as growing innovators often turn to an IPO to fund late-stage clinical trials.
April 10 2014
BIO and Delaware Bio commend the Delaware State Senate for unanimously passing legislation yesterday designed to create a pathway for the substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines. 
March 5 2014
Many of the provisions included in this budget proposal would jeopardize the continued biotech research and development that is necessary to find cures and breakthrough medicines for patients living with debilitating and life-threatening diseases. 
January 30 2014
Patients Should Be Informed if Doctor's Prescription Changed
January 14 2014
Spending plan would enable the FDA to access $85 million in sequestered user fees
November 18 2013
BIO commends the Senate for approving H.R. 3204, the Drug Quality and Security Act.