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February 12, 2013
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  Today's Top Story 
  • N.Y/N.J. slips in life sciences ranking, and Boston still leads
    The greater Boston area held the top spot in Jones Lang LaSalle's ranking of metropolitan life sciences clusters in the U.S. for 2012, while New York/New Jersey fell to No. 2 from the second spot in 2010. In the current rankings, San Diego and the San Francisco Bay Area are second and third, respectively. Ranking fourth through sixth were Raleigh-Durham, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. (New Jersey) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Care & Policy 
  • Oncolytics' Reolysin reduces lung cancer tumors in trial
    Oncolytics Biotech's experimental drug Reolysin, in combination with carboplatin and paclitaxel, was associated with the shrinking of tumors in 95% of patients with metastatic or recurrent squamous cell carcinoma of the lung during a Phase II trial. "Based on these findings we intend to continue to look at Reolysin as a treatment for cancers of the lung and cancers that metastasize to the lung," CEO Brad Thompson said. Reuters (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company & Financial News 
  • Sanofi plans to buy more shares in Regeneron
    Sanofi plans to increase its stake in longtime drug development partner Regeneron Pharmaceuticals by purchasing shares on the open market. Sanofi holds a 16.7% stake in Regeneron. An agreement gives Sanofi the right to boost its stake in Regeneron to up to 30%. The two companies are jointly developing drugs for rheumatoid arthritis and cholesterol. Reuters (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Food & Agriculture 
  • Supreme Court to hear case on biotech soybeans
    A case before the U.S. Supreme Court could determine whether Monsanto and other developers of biotech seeds can prevent farmers from making copies of their products. The case concerns an Indiana farmer who bought progeny soybeans from a grain elevator for planting. Monsanto said that a negative ruling "would devastate innovation in biotechnology." Agricultural, medical, and environmental research innovations "depend critically on a strong, stable and nationally uniform system of patent rights and protections," according to BIO. The Washington Post (2/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industrial & Environmental 
  • Vilsack: Biofuels can help rural economy
    The Department of Agriculture remains dedicated to strengthening the biofuels industry, including reaching a goal of 14 million gallons of production this year by advanced-biofuels companies, writes Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "In the months ahead, USDA will continue to provide support for research and infrastructure. At the same time, we'll explore new efforts to provide flexibility for folks all along the supply chain," he writes. The Bladen Journal (Elizabethtown, N.C.) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    BIOtechNOW is the first in a number of new products from BIO intended to enhance our communications with the biotech community -- not only with our members, but with other stakeholders as well. This e-newsletter, combined with its website, serves as our flagship in that effort. BIOtechNOW will offer original content that emphasizes the business needs of the industry; highlight BIO's advocacy efforts; and provide a portal to all BIO activities and events. Most importantly, it will spotlight for those outside the industry the value of biotechnology. Sign up for the e-newsletter. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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