Letters, Testimony & Comments

February 19, 2013
    The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) thanks the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) for the opportunity to submit comments on the “Draft Guidance for Industry on Providing Submissions in Electronic Format...
February 8, 2013
Biotechnology companies provide unique benefits to the United States and the world. In the health care sector alone, the industry has developed and commercialized more than 300 biotechnology drugs and diagnostics and there are over 400 products in...
February 4, 2013
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) thanks the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the opportunity to provide comments on the proposal to create an alternative approval pathway for certain drugs intended to address unmet medical need...
February 1, 2013
BIO commends the INPI for their efforts to devise guidelines for examining biotechnology related inventions. Given the technological advances and the innovation that spurs it are the primary drivers of economic growth in the modern era, it is...
February 1, 2013
BIO respectfully submits both questions and comments for the National Health Surveillance Agency’s (ANVISA) consideration on the proposed rules.  BIO appreciates ANVISA’s desire to clarify their role in the review of patent...
February 1, 2013
Representative Matt Hudson Florida House of Representatives 402 South Monroe Street Tallahassee, FL 32399 Dear Representative Hudson: The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) is the world’s largest biotechnology trade association...
January 28, 2013
Dear Dr. Jacques:            The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) is pleased to submit the following response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Draft...
January 24, 2013
Biologics are complex medicines manufactured from living organisms. Unlike traditional “small molecule” drugs, biologics are not chemically synthesized but rather are manufactured from living cells by programming a particular cell line...
January 24, 2013
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) is the world’s largest biotechnology trade association. BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers, and related organizations...
January 24, 2013
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) is the world’s largest biotechnology trade association. BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers, and related organizations...
January 22, 2013
Dear Sir/Madam: The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) thanks the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the opportunity to submit comments on the “Development of Prioritized Therapeutic Data Standards (the Notice).”  BIO...
January 22, 2013
Dear Sir/Madam: The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) thanks the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the opportunity to submit comments on the “Draft Guidance for IRBs, Clinical Investigators, and Sponsors: IRB Responsibilities...
January 18, 2013
Given the importance of protections for basic biotechnology inventions to the survival of the biotechnology sector in India, BIO has reviewed the Guidelines and is pleased to provide suggestions for possible improvement within the framework of the...
January 10, 2013
In December 2012, Virginia House Delegate John M. O'Bannon, III introduced the Interchangeable biosimilar biological products bill (H.B. 1422). This proposed legislation seeks to permit pharmacists to dispense a biosimilar drug that has been...
December 21, 2012
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (“BIO”) is pleased to submit the following comments in response to “Proposed Collection:  Drug Pricing Program Reporting Requirements (OMB No. 0915-0176)—Extension” (the...
December 21, 2012
          The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) is pleased to submit the following comments on the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) proposed rule on the essential health...
December 18, 2012
Dear Speaker Boehner and Minority Leader Pelosi: On behalf of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), I am writing with our support for H.R. 6672, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act (PAHPRA) of 2012, sponsored...
November 30, 2012
  The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) thanks the European Medicines Agency (EMA or Agency) for the opportunity to submit comments on the “Guideline on similar biological medicinal products containing biotechnology-derived...