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Development Policy 26-09-2017

FAO official: GMOs not needed but we should be open to biotechnologies

The requirements of food production can be met without GMOs but we should not eliminate the broader benefits that biotechnologies can provide, Daniel Gustafson told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

Agrifood 11-09-2017

Amsterdam wants to revive talks on new plant breeding techniques

The Netherlands believes the new plant breeding techniques should not come under the GMO legislation as they are as safe as traditional breeding. It also insists that a discussion on the issue should be launched soon, even before the EU Court rules on the issue.

Health 07-04-2017

IMI chief: ‘We need to learn how to share data in a safe and ethical manner’

Ethicists, humanists, lawyers and patients should come together to understand the risk of data in healthcare and whether patients are willing to take that risk, Pierre Meulien told EURACTIV.com.

Health 06-04-2017

Europe’s biotechnology potential hindered by investment fears

In terms of pure biotechnology, Europe has embraced innovation. However, it cannot compete with the US yet because it cannot drive private investment in the field, as well as open up the market to new products, a pharmaceutical executive told EURACTIV.com in Lyon.

Health 15-03-2017

Commission sees biotech as ‘integral part’ of EU healthcare

Biotechnology-derived medicinal products are fully part of EU healthcare but there are still many unknowns which call for adequate controls, the European Commission told EURACTIV.

Health 15-03-2017

Biotechnology in Europe

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Biotechnology could help patients across Europe gain access to innovative therapies, for example, against rare diseases. Proponents of bio-medicines also claim that precision therapy, because it is more efficient, will ease the burden on member states’ ailing healthcare systems.

Agrifood 15-04-2016

Agricultural authorisation body in meltdown over ‘new GMOs’

The French High Council for Biotechnology (HCB) is shedding members. Seven associations have left the organisation, claiming their opinions on new plant breeding techniques, or "new GMOs", were ignored. EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.

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A week-long biotech party across Europe

European Biotech Week is back between 26 Sept and 2 Oct this year. Launched in 2013, the initiative offers those involved in biotechnology an annual opportunity to engage on all things biotech from the science within to the often invisible societal benefits without.

EU signs off on new GM crop law

The European Parliament on Wednesday (11 March) signed a new law on growing genetically modified (GM) crops in the European Union, clearing the way for new strains to be approved after years of deadlock.

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Economy & Jobs 28-01-2015

EuropaBio’s Most Innovative European Biotech SME Award 2014

EuropaBio’s Most Innovative European Biotech SME Award aims to showcase European Biotech SMEs that have developed an innovative solution to technical, social and environmental problems.  The award is committed to strengthening the biotechnology and innovation arena in Europe while promoting and empowering SMEs to generate novel solutions to unmet needs.

Agrifood 05-12-2014

EU agreement opens door for new GMO cultivation in 2015

The Juncker Commission has brought four years of discussions on GMO crops to a close, extracting a compromise from the European Parliament and the Council. Member states that do not want GMOs cultivated inside their borders will retain the right to enforce a ban. EURACTIV France reports

The EU needs more anticipatory funding of health and environmental research

In recent months, there have been several attacks on the Precautionary Principle and how the principle has been used in the EU. For example, the scientific advisor to the President of the European Commission, Ann Glover, has accused Commissioners of having “crazy ideas” about the safety of nanotechnologies, genetically modified organisms, shale gas, endocrine disrupters, etc. (See EU twisting facts to fit political agenda, chief scientist says and EU science advisor: 'Lots of policies are not based on evidence'.) Similarly, it has been argued that policymakers often misuse the precautionary principle.

Agrifood 11-09-2014

GMO lobby sees new Juncker Commission as bad news

The Juncker Commission has promised to be “more political” than its predecessor, something GMO backers see as a negative development for the approval of genetically modified crops in Europe.

Agrifood 07-03-2014

Patrick Worms on food challenge: ‘We’re going to need everything’

Policymakers are going to need to take advantage of the full range of possibilities if they are going to meet the food security challenge. But encouraging people to domesticate local plant varieties is both simple and cost-effective, argues agroforestry expert Patrick Worms.

Agrifood 03-03-2014

EU, African science groups support biotech development

Scientists from European and African academic associations meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, last week (27 February) joined forces in calling for the use of biotechnology in African agriculture.

Agrifood 23-01-2014

GMO activists stage protest outside Greenpeace’s Brussels office

GMO activists have launched a campaign to get EU approval for genetically engineered crops, staging a protest outside a Brussels office of environmental group Greenpeace today (23 January).

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Economy & Jobs 29-10-2013

EuropaBio’s Most Innovative European Biotech SME Award 2013

The winner of the 2013 EuropaBio Most Innovative European Biotech SME award has been

announced. PsiOxus Therapeutics won the esteemed award- now in its 4th year- due to their radical research and innovative breakthroughs in meeting societal grand challenges in the field of healthcare.

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Economy & Jobs 23-10-2013

European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Biobased Economy 2013

The European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Biobased Economy (EFIB) opened to a record delegation in Brussels at The Square.