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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

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IPC President releases statement on U.S. Government FY16 budget.

February 9, 2015

Released by President Obama, Fiscal Year 2016 Budget of U.S. Government includes funding to expand National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) as well as 5.5% increase from 2015 of $146 billion for R&D initiatives. In his statement on behalf of IPC, John Mitchell applauded Obama "for his commitment to grow advanced manufacturing and increase federal R&D investment." Mitchell also noted both aspects as "critical" to IPC’s Global Policy Framework for 2015. Read More

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BIO President says FY 2016 budget threatens medical innovation.

February 9, 2015

In response to President Obama's FY 2016 budget proposal, BIO's Jim Greenwood cited provisions proposing changes to biologic data exclusivity and cuts to Medicare Part D and B as "deeply troubling" and claimed they would be "detrimental to the development of new cures and treatments for patients in need." Amidst prise for other aspects, Greenwood noted BIO will continue to work with Administration "in pursuit of public policies that encourage investment in biotech innovation." Read More

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Cybersecurity Expert Shipp will keynote SME's HOUSTEX 2015.

February 9, 2015

Taking place in Houston, TX from February 24–26, SME's HOUSTEX 2015 will offer keynote by Chris Shipp, chief information security officer of Fluor Federal Petroleum Operations, to address threats facing manufacturers and how they can best prepare and protect their companies. This presentation will feature live demonstration in which Shipp will hack from Internet through business network to take complete control of industrial control system. Read More

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BIO expresses concerns with Medical Innovation Act.

February 6, 2015

Introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Medical Innovation Act proposes to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health by creating a new statutory scheme that would impose fee on biopharmaceutical companies working on critical treatments and cures for patients. According to BIO President and CEO, Jim Greenwood, BIO supports increased funding for NIH, but has serious concerns about the impact this legislation would have on research and development. Read More

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ELFA President and CEO to retire at end of 2015.

February 6, 2015

ELFA announced that President and CEO, William G. Sutton, CAE, will retire at the end of 2015 and that ELFA's Executive Committee and Board of Directors have voted unanimously to name Chief Operating Officer Ralph Petta as its new President and CEO, effective Jan 1, 2016. Sutton has led ELFA since 2010. Before joining ELFA, he served as Assistant Secretary of Manufacturing and Services, a unit of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Read More

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BIO releases statement on Precision Medicine Initiative.

February 6, 2015

In statement, Jim Greenwood, BIO's President and CEO, said we applaud President Obama's announcement of a new Precision Medicine Initiative intended to better embrace the potential of precision medicine, which would advance a new approach to healthcare by tailoring therapies for patients to maximize clinical benefit while reducing risk of side effects. Precision medicine holds great promise for many health care interventions to occur much earlier and with increased accuracy. Read More

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ATA's TMC readies for 2015 Annual Meeting and Exhibition.

February 5, 2015

Scheduled for Feb 16–19, ATA Technology & Maintenance Council's 2015 Annual Meeting will discuss fuel economy standards, alternative fuels, asset utilization, and tire deployment. Some highlights will include: TMC study group sessions; "Green Trucks, Green Shops, Green Incentives," a discussion of how to develop and implement an alternate fuel vehicle program; and "Maximizing Asset Utilization: A Fleet-Service Provider Dialogue," an examination of outsourced vehicle maintenance. Read More