Public Policy

Society has tapped just a small fraction of the many potential uses and benefits of biotechnology.

Mankind's need to cure disease, combat hunger and discover new forms of energy has never been more urgent.

BIOtechNOW’s Tracy Cooley talks to Dr. Schubert of the  Bioscience Association of West Virginia about biotech in West Virginia – major areas of growth, the outlook for growth of the industry within the states, and plans for the upcoming  BIO International Convention.

BIO and five member companies – Mendel Biotechnology, Arborgen, Abengoa Bioenergy, Novozymes and BP Biofuels – along with the Biomass Power Association held a briefing on Capitol Hill this week, outlining the importance of the USDA’s Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) and related programs. Regulatory rules for the BCAP, Biorefinery Assistance Program, and Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) were finalized by USDA only during the last quarter of 2010. But Congress is considering cutting the funds for these programs before they have a chance to show their effectiveness.

To carry out military and humanitarian missions around the world, U.S. forces require reliable fuel supplies and secure supply lines. At the micro level, the military is as much at the mercy of high oil and gasoline prices as the average consumer. In addition, when you calculate the fully burdened cost of fuels, for instance a gallon of jet fuel delivered to the front lines in Afghanistan, it can be upwards of $400 per gallon. And, on a macro level, oil often comes from regions of the world that are not U.S. military allies. The need for great energy independence is therefore a very important national security issue.

Tracy Cooley talks to Renee Winsky about biotech in Maryland and the upcoming  BIO International Convention  in Washington, DC.

All programs at the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing are open to attendance by members of the media. Complimentary media registration is available to editors and reporters with valid press credentials working full time for print, broadcast or web publications.

Despite the fact that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack believes that the regulation of genetically engineered agricultural products must be science-based, and that he has “no doubts about the safety of the products this system has approved and will continue to approve,” some state legislatures are considering bills requiring labeling for biotech-derived food. These bills defy existing science-based regulation and are wholly unnecessary.

BIO released a white paper on the growth and jobs potential of green chemicals.

The advanced biofuel industry can reduce reliance on oil and create green jobs; diverse federal programs are necessary to help producers secure financing for construction of projects. The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today joined 34 other companies and trade associations to ask leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee to include the language of H.R. 5142, the Grow a Renewable Energy Economy Now – Jumpstart Other Biofuels (GREEN JOB) Act of 2010, in the next appropriate revenue vehicle considered by the House.

The federal Renewable Fuel Standard provides the stable policy essential to attracting private investment to the development of advanced biofuels. The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today joined the Advanced BioFuel Association, the Renewable Fuel Association, the Advanced Ethanol Council and the American Coalition for Ethanol in a letter to leaders of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works urging protection of the federal RFS.

Scientific American will release the third annual Worldview: A Global Biotechnology Perspective at this year's BIO International Convention.

BIO is committed to increased access to biologic medicines for patients throughout the world. 

Letters, Testimony & Comments

October 29 2015
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) appreciates this opportunity to submit comments on the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) July 2015 Update on Subject Matter Eligibility (Guidance).
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.
October 14 2014
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) welcomes the opportunity to provide comments to Public Consultation #65 published by the Board of Directors of the National Health Surveillance Agency on August 4, 2014 which proposes a new regulation defining the procedures and requirements for conducting clinical trials involving drugs in Brazil.
October 14 2014
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) welcomes the opportunity to provide comments to Public Consultation #8 published by the Brazilian Ministry of Health on August 14, 2014 which proposes a new regulation defining the guidelines and criteria for the submission, formation, monitoring and evaluation of PDP (Public-Private Productive Development Partnerships) projects.

Press Releases

October 26 2015
BIO applauds Reps. John Carney (D-DE), Sean Duffy (R-WI), Mike Quigley (D-IL), and Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) for introducing H.R. 3784, the SEC Small Business Advocate Act, which would ensure that growing companies have a strong, independent voice at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
September 16 2015
BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood released the following statement today commending President Barack Obama for his nomination of Dr. Robert Califf as Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA):
August 3 2015
BIO announced the appointment of Jeanne Haggerty as Senior Vice President of Federal Government Relations.
July 22 2015
BIO thanked Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and other committee members for marking up legislation to extend critical tax incentives. The legislation would extend for two years the important Research & Development Tax Credit, the Second Generation Biofuel Producer Tax Credit, the Special Depreciation Allowance for Second Generation Biofuel Plant Property, and the Controlled Foreign Corporation Look-Through Rule.