Vaccines & Biodefense

In the U.S., the recommended immunization series prevents approximately 33,000 deaths each year. Advancements in biotechnology have made it possible to produce vaccines that cannot transmit a virus or bacterium. This method has helped create more than 20 new vaccines against infectious agents, improved existing vaccines, and increased the amount of vaccine that can be produced.

Coronavirus
Biotech Response to COVID-19

As the threat of the novel coronavirus continues to grow globally, innovative biopharmaceutical companies are ramping up efforts to study the virus and develop vaccines and cures to protect individuals from contracting the virus.

Blog Posts
Ted Love
February 25, 2021
Mapillar Dahn has three daughters—and they all have sickle cell disease. But she gained hope thanks to Global Blood Therapeutics (GBT) drug Oxbryta, the first FDA-approved drug targeting the underlying cause of sickle…
APEC Ministers meet at High Level Meeting for Health and Economy
January 4, 2021
The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Meeting, just like most events these days, took place virtually in November, 2020.  President Trump participated in the meeting along with the other 20 leaders…
Vaccine
November 20, 2020
Even in a global pandemic, there’s one thing that hasn’t changed: the need to get a flu shot. In fact, receiving a flu shot is more important than ever to avoid burdening the hospitals and health care professionals…
Press Releases
January 27, 2021
As Congress and the new President lay out their aggressive “100 Day Plans,” The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) today released a new blueprint highlighting goals to strengthen America’s innovation ecosystem, end the COVID-19 pandemic, and get more Americans back to work over the first…
December 4, 2020
Public opinion polls show there is significant mistrust among the American public in the safety and efficacy of vaccines. So today, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) announced the launch of COVIDVaccineFacts.org. As a subsidiary website of BIO, COVIDVaccineFacts.org is an educational…
November 7, 2020
"What a historic election for our country! For the first time in 120 years, American voter participation shattered many turnout records.    "At BIO we undertook an effort to mobilize and activate voters in our industry with Biotech Votes 2020, and while we certainly did not pick sides or…
Letters, Comments & Testimony
December 23, 2020
On Wednesday, December 23rd, BIO submitted comments on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s October 2020 public workshop titled, “New Drugs Regulatory Program Modernization: Implementation of the Integrated Assessment of Marketing Applications and Integrated Review Documentation.” In its…
November 9, 2020
On November 9, BIO submitted comments on the FDA Draft Guidance, Drug-Drug Interaction Assessment for Therapeutic Proteins. In the comments, BIO thanks the FDA for the opportunity to submit comments but requests that the Guidance include a discussion on the potential of generalizing information…
October 30, 2020
October 30, 2020 Re: Docket No. FDA–2020-D-1564: FDA Draft Guidance, Principles for Selecting, Developing, Modifying, and Adapting Patient-Reported Outcome Instruments for Use in Medical Device Evaluation. Dear Sir/Madam: The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) thanks the Food and Drug…
Patient-Take-Action
Become an Advocate for Biotechnology

Sign-up to join BIOAction, BIO's grassroots advocacy program. You will be notified about relevant policy issues where we need you to contact your lawmaker.