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NTSB issues safety recommendations for gas pipelines.

February 16, 2015

NTSB issued 28 safety recommendations in safety study "Integrity Management of Gas Transmission Pipeline in High Consequence Areas". For example, board recommends that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration assess need for additional inspection protocol guidance for state inspectors, and modify overall state program evaluation, training, and qualification requirements for state inspectors to include federal-to-state coordination in integrity management inspections. Read More

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Clothes Dryers earn EPA's Energy Star label.

February 16, 2015

EPA announced that Energy Star certified clothes dryers are now available nationwide. About 45 models of dryers earning Energy Star label, including Whirlpool, Maytag, Kenmore, LG, and Safemate, are at least 20% more efficient and available at prices comparable to standard dryers. If all residential clothes dryers sold in U.S. were Energy Star certified, Americans could save $1.5 billion/year in utility costs and prevent GHG emissions equal to electricity use from more than 1.3 million homes. Read More

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BIO Study looks at venture funding for therapeutic innovation.

February 13, 2015

BIO released study on venture financing broken down by disease area and novelty of research from 2004–2013. Study found that 78% of U.S. venture investment for therapeutics went toward novel drug R&D, suggesting innovation is core priority for investors. Disease areas affecting large populations – Diabetes, Psychiatry, Gastrointestinal, Respiratory, and Cardiovascular – have seen decline in novel drug R&D venture funding, while rare disease funding has seen large increase over past decade. Read More

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Search Platform delivers biomedical, patent content to IP pros.

February 12, 2015

Released by Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) and FIZ Karlsruhe, Web-based STN® delivers content, search power, and precision needed to understand and protect IP. Multiple databases and thesauri are complemented by such features as hit chemical structure displays, CAS Registry Number® highlighting, and INPADOC capabilities with family displays. Project-oriented workflow and intuitive interface enhance efficiency by integrating real-time analysis with query development and answer set review. Read More

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NEMA White Paper examines domestic lighting procurement policy.

February 12, 2015

On behalf of its Lighting Systems Division, NEMA published white paper on considerations U.S. federal, state, and local governments should have in mind when setting requirements for procurement of energy-efficient lighting systems. "Domestic Procurement Policy and Manufacturing Efficiency for Lighting Products" specifically summarizes issues surrounding requirements that governments may set on manufacturing location of final products or any product component. Read More

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BIO Praises Vaccine Access, Certainty, and Innovation Act of 2015.

February 12, 2015

BIO applauded introduction of Vaccine Access, Certainty, and Innovation Act of 2015 by noting how it would stimulate new vaccine research and improve patient access. In his statement, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood thanked Representatives Ellmers and Butterfield "for their leadership in authoring and sponsoring this important legislation." Greenwood also expressed enthusiastic anticipation regarding further work on said bill and other components of 21st Century Cures Initiative. Read More

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PTMC Industry anticipates continued growth in 2015.

February 12, 2015

PTDA Business Index for 4Q2014 indicates slowing but continued, positive growth. Manufacturers reported more positive growth in new orders, employment, supplier deliveries, and inventories for 4Q2014 than distributors, which differs from 2Q and 3Q 2014 reports. Overall, 4Q2014 PTDA Business Index reading of 66.5 was slightly lower than the previous quarter's reading of 67.5. Both distributors and manufacturers anticipate 2015 to be another year of positive growth. Read More

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BIO thanks retiring FDA Commissioner.

February 11, 2015

BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood issued statement regarding announced retirement of Dr. Margaret Hamburg. Dr. Hamburg presided over implementation of Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act and successful launch of breakthrough therapy designation program and other expansions of expedited approval pathways. These programs have proven invaluable in bringing groundbreaking new therapies to patients more efficiently, while maintaining FDA’s high standards for safety and efficacy. Read More

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BIO addresses reintroduction of the Innovation Act.

February 11, 2015

BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood issued statement regarding re-introduction of the Innovation Act by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). BIO supports targeted reforms to reign in abusive patent enforcement practices, but any effort to accomplish this must be done in a way that preserves patent-based incentives necessary to sustain nation’s global leadership in biotechnology innovation and creation of high-wage, high-value jobs throughout country. Read More

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NIST Lends Instrument Calibration Knowhow to DSCOVR mission.

February 11, 2015

DSCOVR (Deep Space Climate Observer) satellite will measure Earth’s radiation budget – whether Earth's atmosphere is retaining more or less solar energy than it radiates back to space – using NISTAR (NIST Advanced Radiometer) conceived by NIST sensor researchers. In support of NASA and NOAA, NIST has been integral part of preparing missions for blast-off for decades. Instrument calibration is crucial in launch preparation, and this is where NIST excels. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO to host 445 companies exhibiting new products.

February 11, 2015

Encouraging electronics industry to upgrade technology and knowledge, New Products Corridor at IPC APEX EXPO will feature 342 new products designed to increase work efficiency, improve business operations, and enhance overall quality. Other events include 2 keynote sessions, 9 BUZZ sessions, technical poster presentations, and networking activities. Online exhibit hall and interactive agenda planner tool will let attendees navigate and search all products showcased by exhibitors. Read More

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AIM Opens Nominations for Automatic ID and Mobility awards.

February 11, 2015

Nomination period is open for AIM's annual Automatic Identification and Mobility industry awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in 5 categories. Open to AIM members and non-members, 2015 recipients will be chosen by AIM's global Board of Directors and honored at presentation during AIM Summit 2015 on April 14th in San Diego, CA. Deadline for Dilling Award, Percival Award, Williams Award, Gilligan Award, Moore Excellence in Journalism Award nominations is February 26, 2015. Read More

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EPA finalizes air standards for future wood heaters.

February 10, 2015

EPA is finalizing standards to limit amount of pollution that wood heaters, which will be manufactured and sold in the future, can emit. Last updated in 1988, these standards reflect improved technology that is now available to make range of models cleaner burning and more efficient. Final rule will provide important health benefits to communities across the country and will be phased in over 5-year period, giving manufacturers time to adapt their product lines. Read More

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Incubator Network aims to help clean-energy entrepreneurs.

February 10, 2015

NREL and EPRI have launched the Clean Energy Incubator Network. Funded by the Energy Department, program aims to improve performance of clean energy business incubators, connect critical industry and energy sector partners, and advance clean energy technologies emerging from universities and federal laboratories. Through its newly launched website and networking opportunities, network provides nationwide coordination that addresses challenges facing energy start-ups. Read More

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BIO lauds Senators Toomey and Menendez.

February 10, 2015

BIO praised Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) for introducing the Start-up Jobs and Innovation Act, which will help spur investment in small biotech companies and other innovative businesses. BIO also congratulates Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) for cosponsoring legislation. By providing incentives for investors to partner with young research companies, bill will stimulate R&D investment at earliest, most-critical stages of company’s research. Read More

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CES Asia draws global brands and registrants from 80 countries.

February 10, 2015

CEA announced that more than 4,500 consumer technology professionals from 80 countries have registered for the inaugural International CES Asia™ since launch of registration. Scheduled for May 25–27 in Shanghai, China, show's theme will be Internet of Things, innovation, and connectivity. Product categories featured on show floor and conference program will include: 3D printing, robotics, lifestyle, smart home, sports and fitness, wearables, and more. Read More

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Registration open for 12th annual BIO World Congress.

February 10, 2015

Scheduled for July 19–22, 2015 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal in Montréal, Canada, 2015 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology will cover entire value chain, from research to feedstocks to manufacturing to end products for biofuels, biobased products, renewable chemicals, and consumer products. BIO hosted around 1,100 attendees from 640 companies and 45 countries at its 2014 World Congress in Philadelphia and expects to exceed these numbers in Montréal. Read More

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ANSI accepting applications for pilot program.

February 10, 2015

ANSI has been selected by International Sustainability and Carbon Certification to be the accreditation body for its certification system for sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions related to biomass products. ANSI and ISCC will work in cooperation to regularly assess, monitor, and oversee applicant certification bodies for continuous compliance with ISCC EU and ISCC PLUS requirements. ANSI will also verify bodies' competence in accordance with international standards for accreditation. Read More

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SPE ANTEC Plenary Speakers address progress via 2 technologies.

February 9, 2015

Speakers at plenary sessions of ANTEC® 2015 (March 23 to 25 in Orlando, FL) will discuss 2 technologies – nanotechnology and additive manufacturing – foreseen as key drivers in plastics industry progress. Title of NASA's Michael A. Meador address is "The Role of Nanotechnology in Current and Future Space Missions," while Arburg, Inc's Heinz Gaub address is titled "Arburg Plastic Freeforming: Additive Manufacturing of Plastic Parts Using Standard Granulates." Read More

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Manufacturers testify in favor of current ozone standards.

February 9, 2015

AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman and American Wood Council President and CEO Robert Glowinski have issued statements supporting facts presented in organizations’ joint testimony at U.S. EPA public hearing on national ambient air quality standards for ozone. In statement, Donna Harman said, "We are concerned that EPA is headed down the path of imposing another costly, more stringent limit that would have a negligible impact on overall air quality." Read More