Health Care

Real life sometimes looms larger than the characters and storylines of Hollywood.

GlaxoSmithKline and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals recently announced that BIO Ventures for Global Health will administer the Intellectual Property (IP) Pool to aid in the discovery and development of new treatments for neglected tropical diseases.

Disease resistant animals, environmentally friendly livestock, pharmaceuticals produced by goats - are these really possible?

Sustainable development is no small undertaking for international companies looking to meet today’s energy, food and environmental needs without compromising the Earth’s resources or its future. The innovative solution these corporate leaders are turning to is biotechnology, whether it’s to augment agricultural productivity, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create an innovative disease therapy or diminish the use of pesticides.

With the Senate no longer filibuster-proof, the future of the health care bill is fairly murky. In early January, Congress was deep into negotiations on a final version, which includes language that would be a major shot in the arm for the biotechnology industry and provide great benefits to patients.

Personalized medicine involves using the advanced tools of molecular genetics and diagnostics to predict how patients will respond to drugs, reducing harmful side effects and increasing benefit. In addition, the panoply of technologies enabling this revolution in medicine can produce a personal medical profile that can guide the physician toward selecting the most appropriate drug or treatment regimen and help individuals stave off diseases before they manifest themselves. This dual combination of diagnostic and treatment technologies is at the heart of personalized medicine and is poised to transform healthcare dramatically.

Technological innovation promises to redefine health care as we know it.

New vaccines employing biotech innovations are changing the way we prevent illness.

We all know that California has been hit hard by the current recession. Sadly most of the state is facing dire economic realities that go much deeper than that.  However, its status as the world’s undisputed epicenter of biotechnology has not been tarnished one bit, according to a new survey released by the California Healthcare Institute.

Ttoday, modern biotechnology offers the opportunity to go well beyond blocking the production of proteins to actually silencing them.

Letters, Testimony & Comments

July 10 2015
We applaud Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Congresswoman Diana DeGette’s (D-CO) efforts on H.R. 6., which takes important steps toward placing patients at the center of the drug development process, and we believe will help spur the development of therapies for the most prevalent conditions, as well as encourage development of treatments focused on rare conditions and other unmet medical needs. We strongly support establishing a framework for incorporating patient views into the development and regulatory review processes in a more structured and transparent way, both with respect to patient input for benefit-risk assessments and use of patient experience data in regulatory decision-making.
June 5 2015
BIO submitted a letter to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the Managers Amendment to PATENT Act.
June 4 2015
BIO submitted a letter to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the Managers Amendment to PATENT Act.
February 23 2015
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) thanks you for the opportunity to provide our initial thoughts on your report Innovation for Healthier Americans. BIO is the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.
February 5 2015
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) appreciates the opportunity to submit comments on two draft guidance release on October 3, 2014, entitled Framework for Regulatory Oversight of Laboratory Developed Tests (the "Framework Guidance") and FDA Notification and Medical Device Reporting for Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs) (the "Notification Guidance) (Collectively the "LDT Guidance").

Press Releases

November 18 2015
BIO released a list of seven proposed topics for the November 20th U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Forum on Pharmaceutical Innovation, Access, Affordability and Better Health. The consideration of these topics at the Forum will help to ensure that patients have access to the most innovative new treatments and cures.
October 8 2015
Communication Important for Patients and Physicians