Press Releases

With some ballots still left to be counted, it appears that Oregon voters have chosen to reject Measure 92, the state’s GMO food labeling initiative. 

While final results are still coming in, it appears that voters in Maui have chosen by a narrow margin to impose a ban on farming practices that will ultimately cut jobs and jeopardize the local economy and the future of agriculture in Hawaii. The measure affects agricultural practices on the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai.

Colorado voters have decisively rejected Proposition 105, the food labeling initiative on the November 4th ballot. The measure, which would have created Colorado-only food labeling regulations for certain foods made with GMO ingredients, was defeated by a margin of 67 percent to 33 percent.

BayBio, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the Generic Pharmaceutical Association and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association have expressed opposition to a newly introduced San Francisco drug disposal ordinance, which requires pharmaceutical companies to bear the full burden of designing, funding and operating a collection program for unused medicines in the home.

During the 2014 Pacific Rim Summit Plenary Program, CEOs, CSOs and industrial biotechnology industry veterans will highlight achievements and offer insight into the quickly changing and expanding markets of renewable specialty chemical applications, biobased products, advanced biofuels and algae bioproduction.  Panelists will compare feedstock production on a global scale and discuss solutions in logistics, feedstock availability, potential for economic growth, and exploring new markets. 

BIO today issued a call to leaders from the biotechnology, chemical and agricultural industries to submit proposals and individual papers for the 2015 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology.  The conference will be held July 19-22, 2015 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal in Montréal, Canada.  

Abengoa Bioenergy's new cellulosic biorefinery is the realization of nearly a decade of research and development and billions of dollars in investment, encouraged by the federal Renewable Fuel Standard.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced October 15 several new programs aimed at addressing weeds management.  New and diverse strategies are needed for farmers to better fight weeds in today’s agricultural systems says the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).

With a growing industrial biotech sector that is home to more than 400 biotechnology companies, San Diego is set to host BIO’s 2014 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotech & Bioenergy.  San Diego-based industrial biotechnology companies continue to deliver next generation products and innovative technology solutions, many of which will be highlighted during the programming at this year’s Summit.  The 2014 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotech & Bioenergy will be held December 7-9, 2014 in San Diego, California at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter.   

A new report from USDA, "Why Biobased?," provides an initial quantification of new jobs and other economic opportunities in the emerging bioeconomy. USDA also commissioned a larger, more comprehensive report that BIO hopes will be issued on a regular basis.

BIO congratulate India’s new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on his successful first official visit to the United States.

Relationships between life sciences industry and physicians lead to stronger R&D collaboration and educate health care providers

Washington, DC, September 25, 2014 – Today, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) issued the following response to the recent Treasury Department notice of its intent to propose rules to limit corporate inversions, urging Congress and the Administration to reform the corporate tax system in order to maintain America’s global competitiveness, sustain and create American jobs, and encourage investments in the United States.  

BIO is pleased to announce the creation of the BIO Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology to be presented to an outstanding  woman in the industrial biotechnology sector who has made significant contributions to the advancement of the biobased economy and biotech innovation.  The inaugural award will be presented at this year’s Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotech & Bioenergy, to be held December 7-9, 2014 in San Diego, California.  

In a new white paper issued today, BIO updates the results of a study of the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from EPA's proposal to reduce biofuel use in 2014, using new data on transportation fuel demand for 2013 and 2014.  

Washington, D.C. (September 22, 2014) – BIO President and CEO James Greenwood joined AdvaMed President and CEO Stephen Ubl and PhRMA President and CEO John Castellani in a letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner highlighting ongoing concerns about a potential lack of necessary context around the Sunshine data release.  

2014 Livestock Biotech Summit three day programming touched on issues such as engaging consumers, animal welfare, the promise of the technology.

Commercialization of cleaner, safer consumer products through innovative industrial biotechnology processes will be the focus of breakout sessions at the ninth annual Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy.

Sessions to focus on the FDA Breakthrough Therapy Designation Process, IPO Market, and BioCentury’s Back to School issue

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today announced that it will showcase a series of unique sessions at this year’s Livestock Biotech Summit, including a panel highlighting the value of intellectual property in animal biotechnology.  Polsinelli PC will sponsor two sessions, one on the importance of protecting patent rights to helped spur innovation and the second on utilizing biotechnology to better human and animal health.  BIO’s Livestock Biotech Summit will be held September 16-18, 2014, at the Sioux Falls Convention Center in Sioux Falls, SD.