Beyond all matters of profit, the biotechnology industry exists because those of us in the industry carry an abiding faith in the future, and indeed are energized by our belief that through science, investment and stamina we can improve the human condition in profound ways. We must not surrender that faith in the future in the escalating war with those who seek to destroy our civilization's shared values and way of life.

All of us have profound personal feelings about last week's events. At BioCentury, our anger is accompanied by a great sense of loss - the relinquishing of a happy and perhaps naïve sense that the internationalization of this industry would continue unabated.