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Biofuels: Congress Should Maintain Renewable Fuel Standard, BIO and Other Groups Urge (May 17, 2011)

May 17 2011
The federal Renewable Fuel Standard provides the stable policy essential to attracting private investment to the development of advanced biofuels, argue BIO and other biofuel advocacy groups in a letter to Congressional leaders.

BIO Commends Department of Commerce for Promoting Robust Intellectual Property Standards and Policies Abroad

May 13 2011
BIO joined the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) in a letter commending Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke for his leadership in promoting robust intellectual property standards and policies. The letter commends the United States Patent Office (PTO) for their engagement at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) resisting calls to commence negotiations on ill-advised and harmful changes to the global patent system relating to "genetic resources" and "traditional knowledge."

BIO Requests for FY 2012 Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA and Related Agencies Appropriations Act

May 12 2011
BIO respectfully supports the Administration's request for a total of $2.744 billion in budget authority for the FDA and support robust funding for key programs within the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

BIO Urges Congress to Reauthorize Pendemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act

May 11 2011
In testimony before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, BIO urged lawmakers to reauthorize the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act.

Dr. Stephen Sherwin, BIO Chairman and Chairman & Co-founder of Ceregene, Addresses Attendees at BIO International Convention

May 5 2011

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BIO's Comments on the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) Proposed Guidance Regarding the Branded Prescription Drug Fee

Apr 29 2011
BIO submitted comments in advance of the May preliminary assessment to ensure that the annual branded prescription drug fee is implemented in a manner that ensures fair apportionment of the fee, adherence to the statue, and also recognizes the practical realities of assembling and verifying the data necessary to complete the task.

BIO Statement for the Institute of Medicine Committee on Pediatric Studies Conducted under BPCA and PREA

Apr 28 2011
Dr. Ron Portman, BMS, Chair of BIO's Pediatrics Committee, presented on behalf of BIO at an Institute of Medicine (IOM) meeting on pediatric studies conducted under the Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act and Pediatrics Research Equity Act (BPCA/PREA). Dr. Portman delivered a statement on the importance of BPCA/PREA, its value for the research and development of medicines for children, and responded to questions from the committee. This meeting was part of a series held at IOM in response to an FDA request for a study on BPCA/PREA. IOM is expected to issue a report on the findings of the committee.

BIO's Comments on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) Proposed Decision Memorandum for Autologous Cellular Immunotherapy Treatment of Metastatic Prostate Cancer

Apr 28 2011
BIO submitted comments in support of CMS's proposed decision to preserve the ability for physicians and their patients to make the treatment determination that is optimal for their situation. BIO also highlights the potential impact of initiating on patients' access to novel, cutting-edge therapies of initiating a National Coverage Analysis (NCA) on newly-approved therapies.

Biofuels: BIO Opposes New Hampshire's Proposed Ethanol Ban

Apr 28 2011
BIO presented testimony to the New Hampshire State Senate Transportation Committee arguing that a proposed ban on corn ethanol would have a chilling effect on investment in advanced and cellulosic biofuels, including for research and development being done by New Hampshire companies and universities.

BIO's Comments on the Report of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) Adult Immunization Working Group entitled Adult Immunization: Complex challenges and recommendations for improvement.

Apr 25 2011
BIO states that the report tackles the complex issues of adult immunization in a positive, collaborative and forward-thinking manner. However, in these comments, BIO addresses several areas where the report could place more importance.