Biotech Updates

Misperception of Agri Biotech Discussed at 2010 BIO

May 13, 2010

Fifteen thousand participants attended the 2010 BIO  International Convention last May 3-6, 2010 in Chicago. This year's theme dealt with the development of agricultural biotechnology over the last 10 years. 

Margaret Laggis, a biotech supporter from Vermont, discussed the biggest misperception in her State regarding agricultural biotechnology, which is the notion that agricultural biotech benefits biotech companies alone. She said that agricultural biotech provides both economic and environmental benefits for farmers. The solution to lack of knowledge about biotech is a substantial information dissemination to the public and also to lawmakers.

In an interview conducted by the Council of Biotechnology Information, Javier Vázquez Morales, executive director of Puerto Rico Industrial Development Corporation (PRIDCO), said that Puerto Rico has the most number of biotech companies based on square mile coverage. He stressed the advantages of intensifying biotech operations and R & D on their island, particularly access to highly-skilled human capital and tax incentives.

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