Letters, Testimony & Comments

September 5, 2012
BIO supports the President’s decision to include Mexico in the TPP trade negotiations. Providing effective intellectual property protection for biological products is a central focus for BIO and its members. The TPP provides an excellent...
September 4, 2012
I. Agricultural and Animal Biotechnology The Government of Canada has long been a trusted ally to the United States on agricultural biotechnology. Canada has been a like minded partner in various international fora, including joining the United...
September 4, 2012
Re:      Hospital Outpatient Prospective and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; Electronic Reporting Pilot; Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities Quality Reporting Program; Quality...
September 4, 2012
Re:  Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule; Proposed Rule [CMS-1590-P] Dear Acting Administrator Tavenner:             The Biotechnology...
August 27, 2012
Dear Mr. President, The drought impacting the United States has already caused millions of dollars in economic damages to rural America. By all accounts, the drought of 2012 has been historic: more than one-fifth of the continental United States...
August 17, 2012
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) appreciates the U.S. Trade Representative's (USTR) query about BIO's views on how intellectual property should be treated in any future agreement arising from the U.S.- EU High Level Dialogue....
August 17, 2012
Dear Mr. Reed: The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) is pleased to submit the following comments on the Draft Methodology for Estimating National Average Retail Prices (NARP) for Medicaid Covered Outpatient Drugs, commissioned from Myers...
August 14, 2012
Marilyn Tavenner Acting CMS Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services     Dear Acting Administrator Tavenner:   As life science trade associations representing thousands of companies that are...
August 6, 2012
  Dear Sir/Madam: The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) thanks the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the opportunity to submit comments on the statement of work for the independent assessment of the Prescription Drug User Fee...
July 30, 2012
  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Organization (BIO) thanks the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the opportunity to submit comments on the “Draft Guidance for Industry Pathologic Complete Response in Neoadjuvant...
July 26, 2012
Jeffrey S. Hatfield, President and Chief Executive Officer, Vitae Pharmaceuticals On behalf of the Biotechnology Industry Organization Before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee...
July 26, 2012
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has led the world in providing technical expertise and training to various patent and trademark offices around the world.  However, when the judiciary in the markets of important trading...
July 11, 2012
 Dear Chairman Smith and Ranking Member Conyers: On behalf of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), I am writing to express our support for the Intellectual Property Attaché Act, which you introduced along with...
July 10, 2012
Dear Chairman Lucas and Ranking Member Peterson: Our members are engaged in the development, use and future utilization of agricultural products derived through modern biotechnology, and support comprehensive and efficient regulation of these...
July 7, 2012
Dear Sir/Madam: The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) thanks the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) for the opportunity to submit comments on “Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy Assessments: Social Science...
June 28, 2012
The U.S. Intellectual Property Rights Attaché Program has had significant success and holds immense promise in helping to enhance IP protection abroad for U.S. interests. This international focus is imperative, given that that more than 60...
June 21, 2012
Senators Sanders and Boxer have introduced an amendment that will result in costly and extreme food labeling requirements. Senate Amendment 2310 to the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 opens the door for states to require that...
June 21, 2012
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), which represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers, and related organizations around the world, strongly opposes the Sanders-Boxer Amendment...