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Feb 14, 2011
 |  BioCentury  |  Politics, Policy & Law

BIO's compendium of ideas

Zerhouni report gives BIO starting point to identify key biotech policy options

The Biotechnology Industry Organization plans to release a report this week outlining potential "game changing" options for the biotech industry as part of a strategic planning exercise that will lead to the development of legislative proposals to focus Congress and the White House on biotech's role in innovation and national well-being.

The report, The Road to a Brighter Future for Biotech, written by former NIH Director Elias Zerhouni, is a "compendium of ideas," BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood told BioCentury. It is a point of departure for developing policy proposals, rather than a statement of BIO's positions, he said.

Soon after completing the report in December, Zerhouni was named president of global R&D at sanofi-aventis Group.

In addition to prioritizing Zerhouni's recommendations, Greenwood said, BIO will "pick up other ideas along the way" and compile them into a comprehensive legislative proposal it hopes to release in June.

The 55-page report includes proposals for "re-engineering...

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