Federal Government Relations

Talked about for years, biofuels, such as ethanol, are a fast growing component of U-S transportation fuels.

What happens in Washington influences biotechnology progress every bit as much as what happens on Wall Street or in the lab.

The American Dietetic Association (ADA) is the nation's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. Recently the ADA released a position paper, saying that agriculture biotechnology can enhance the quality and increase the efficiency of food production.

In June 2003, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) brought its annual convention to Washington, D.C., setting the stage for an unprecedented exchange of views and expectations between biotechnology leaders and our nation’s top public officials.

Letters, Testimony & Comments

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.
January 22 2015
BIO, as part of a broad coalition of the nation's patent holders and inventors, sent a letter to the ranking members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on patent litigation reform. 
April 29 2014
Chairperson Mikulski, Ranking Member Shelby, Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to provide you with written testimony on the extremely important topic of driving innovation through federal investments.
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”).   

Press Releases

August 3 2015
BIO announced the appointment of Jeanne Haggerty as Senior Vice President of Federal Government Relations.
July 10 2015
We praise the House of Representatives for today’s vote to pass 21st Century Cures legislation that recognizes the critical link between research, development and reimbursement to expedite the delivery of breakthrough treatments and cures to patients suffering from life-threatening and debilitating diseases.  
June 11 2015
BIO continues its continued opposition to The Innovation Act (H.R.9) as amended and reported by the House Judiciary Committee today.
June 5 2015
BIO issued the following statement regarding the mark-up of The Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship (PATENT) Act