Biotech Industry and related sites

Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (UK)
Summary records for experimental releases in the UK; Environmental impact discussion papers; GMO Public Register Index; Index of Applications to market GMOs in Europe; International Agreements regarding environmental releases; Advice to the Secretary of State and Ministers.

Ag-West Biotech
Supports the development of the Saskatchewan agricultural biotechnology industry through agricultural genomics and development of new crops with special nutritional attributes; Maintains an agricultural biotechnology information service and public demonstration laboratory, SABIC, which responds to the
information needs of consumers in Canada and North America.

AgBioForum Magazine
Publishes articles that provide unbiased, timely information and new ideas leading to socially responsible and economically efficient decisions in science, public policy, and private strategies pertaining to agricultural biotechnology.

AgBioS - Agriculture & Biotechnology Strategies (Canada) Inc.
Provides scientific and regulatory expertise in environmental risk assessment, integrated pest management, and agricultural biotechnology; Offers basic information about plants with novel traits, including genetically engineered crop species, and other general agricultural biotechnology related information.

Publishes current information about biotechnology and biosafety for researchers and policy makers; Provides access to information on genetic engineering, in vitro culture, biosafety, intellectual property rights, and other key issues in agricultural biotechnology; A project of CAB International and the Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project.

Provides information to consumers, farmers, and researchers on the impact and benefits of biotechnology on the agri-food system in Canada, including agricultural pesticide use, crop biotechnology developments, and other related environmental issues.

Agri-Food Risk Management & Communication
Maintains FSnet (on Food Safety), Agnet (on plant agriculture), and AnimalNet (on animal agriculture), which are electronic communications tools intended to assist in risk analysis activities, identify issues for risk management and communication activities, promote awareness of public concerns in scientific and regulatory circles; and exchange timely and current information for direction of research, diagnostic, or investigative activities.

Agricultural Biotechnology for Sustainable Productivity Support Project (US)
Takes an integrated approach, combining applied research, product development, and policy development-primarily biosafety and intellectual property rights (IPR)-to help developing countries use and manage biotechnology.

Agricultural Genome Information System (US)
Provides genome information for agriculturally important organisms, encompassing mostly crop and livestock animal species, and databases with germplasm and plant gene nomenclature data. AGIS is a cooperative effort between the Department of Plant Biology, University of Maryland, and the USDA's National Agricultural Library Genome Informatics Group.

American Crop Protection Association
Promotes the environmentally sound use of crop protection and plant biotechnology products for the production of food, fiber, and other crops. Studies and promotes the technical fit and environmental soundness of plant biotechnology as part of integrated crop production, including trade, labeling/segregation, and insect resistance management.

Belgian Biosafety Server
Regulatory information for Belgium, Europe, and other countries; Risk assessment data; Biosafety related meetings, conferences, and courses.

An interactive guide to biotechnology support and regulations in the UK; Includes current information on the UK's main trade associations, universities, and European standards of work for biotechnology.

Bioline Online Journal Biosafety
Original papers on the effects of GMOs and introduced species on people and the environment; Containment of potentially hazardous organisms; Biosafety reviews; Accounts of risk assessment and hazard analysis and follow up monitoring.

Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH)
A component of the Clearing House Mechanism for Biosafety protocol information transfer; Based on the current text of the draft Protocol, and revised as the negotiation process and adoption of the Biosafety protocol occur.

Biosafety Information Network and Advisory Service (BINAS)
A service of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Global developments in regulatory issues in biotechnology; Regulations and guidelines from many countries; Publications dealing with regulatory policy and issues pertaining to biological risk assessment; DTree-Lite, a pilot decision support system for safety assessment of GM crop plants.

Biosafety Information System (BIS)
A technical data resource providing biosafety information to researchers, institutions, and governments covering various safety aspects of biotechnology; Includes information on field trials of GMOs in Brazil, national and international biosafety regulations and guidelines, and biosafety news.

Biosafety Research and Assessment of Technology Impacts
Published by the Swiss Priority Program from the Swiss National Science Foundation. Scientific reports on safety assessment of recombinant rabies vaccine; Foods derived from genetically modified organisms; Genetic engineering for plant protection; Environmental and agricultural safety considerations of transgenic crops.

Responds to the needs of the biotechnology industry and research community in Canada and internationally; Provides a unified voice for agriculture, research, health, environment, and aquaculture biotechnology in Canada; Assists with regulation and policy advocacy, human resources, communications, intellectual property, and community services.

Bio-Tech Infonet
Provides a collection of news items and technical reports from magazines, newspapers, journals and the Internet on issues related to biotechnology, especially those critical of genetically modified crops in agriculture. Supported by the Wallace Genetic Foundation through a grant to the Consumer Policy Institute /
Consumers Union.

Biotechnology and Development Monitor
A publication of the Department of Political Science of the University of Amsterdam and the Netherlands' Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Reports local, national, and international applications of biotechnology of special interest to developing countries.

Biotechnology: Food Security and Safety
The fourth volume of an electronic journal of the US Department of State focused on food safety issues of biotechnology. Provides many informative articles on broader issues related to GMOs and extensive links to many other biotechnology sites.

Biotechnology Industry Organization
A trade organization representing the global biotechnology industry. Media guide to biotechnology; Press releases and industry news; Government relations; Biotech food products list; Citizen's guide to biotechnology; Laws and policies; Bioethics.

BioTrack Online
Regulatory developments in biotechnology in OECD member countries; Indicates the Ministry/Agency for each OECD member country responsible for regulatory oversight of modern biotechnology products intended for release to the environment; Provides the relevant laws, regulations and/or rules, and contact points; Information on commercialized applications and product approvals.

Facilitates biotechnology-based applications in the agri-food and environmental management fields of Latin America; Promotes agri-food industry development; Increases public awareness of risks and benefits.

Canada Food Inspection Agency - Plant Biotechnology Office
Provides the Canada's agri-food and seed industries with current information on the safety assessment of plants with novel traits, confined trials, and unconfined releases.

Center for International Development at Harvard University
Provides a forum for public debate on the role of biotechnology in global society especially as it relates to development of third world societies. Undertakes research and promotes dialogue on biotechnology policy with specific reference to international development. Includes papers and viewpoints presented at the International Conference on Biotechnology in the Global Economy held at Harvard University.

CGIAR Research Centers (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research)
Promotes sustainable agricultural development based on the environmentally sound management of natural resources. Links to the 16 International Agriculture Research Centers of CGIAR.

Develops improved germplasm, especially maize and wheat varieties with built-in genetic resistance; Conducts research on conserving natural resources, economics, biotechnology, crop physiology, and ecosystem management; Promotes conservation and utilization of maize and wheat genetic resources from throughout the world.

CONABIA (National Advisory Committee on Agricultural Biosafety)
Provides consultation and technical support to the Argentinean government on regulations concerning the introduction and environmental release of transgenic material.

Convention on Biological Diversity
Addresses all aspects of biological diversity: genetic resources, species, and ecosystems; Reports from meetings on Biosafety; maintains Biosafety Clearing-House; database of Conventions of the Parties (COP) decisions.

CSIRO: Genetic Engineering for Plant Improvement
Enhances plant performance and product quality through gene technology; Applies strategic research in the plant sciences to promote profitable and sustainable agri-food, fiber, and horticultural industries, develop novel plant products, and improve natural resource management.

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Facilitates interdisciplinary research in genetics, chemistry, cell biology, biochemistry, computational genomics, and structural biology to sustain productivity in agriculture, forestry, and allied fields, and to facilitate the rapid development and commercialization of promising technologies and products.

EFB Agri-Biotechnology (European Federation of Biotechnology)
Stimulates interactions between research groups and the agri-industry to expand the range of food and non-food applications of biotechnology, help disseminate scientific information, and develop teaching aids for

EFB Task Group on Public Perceptions of Biotechnology
Fosters public awareness and understanding of agricultural biotechnology and encourages public debate; Contains Briefing Papers on ethical aspects, public opinion surveys, environmental concerns, and public dialog reports.

Electronic Journal of Biotechnology
Publishes electronic journal articles in biotechnology including molecular biology and the chemistry of biological processes, aquatic and earth environmental aspects, computational applications, and policy issues directly related to biotechnology.

European Plant Biotech Network
Provides information about plant biotechnology research, funded by the European Commission, designed to improve the nutritional value of food products, create stress-tolerant and disease-resistant plants for agriculture, and aid biodiversity monitoring to help protect the environment.

Food Animal Biotechnology Center
A clearinghouse of information used to develop competitive, integrated food production systems that provide safe, economical food products through the utilization of molecular tools and methods. Emphasizes health and disease resistance, modulation of growth and reproduction, and development of genetic maps and markers for biological performance.

Food Biotechnology Communications Network
Provides information about food biotechnology with links to specialized organizations and individuals, information referrals, monthly fax newsletter, regional network of experts, and issues management activities.

Gene Technology Information Unit (GTIU)
Reviews of and guidelines for all work involving gene technology for Australian regulatory authorities; Specific reports on the assessment and management of biosafety risk factors, labeling, herbicide and pest resistant crops, and patenting and gene technology.

Genetic Engineering and Intellectual Property Rights Resource Center
Maintained by the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy; A rich collection of news and scholarly articles critical of biotechnology as it relates to global trade policies and treaties.

Genetic Manipulation Advisory Committee (GMAC)
Oversees the development and use of innovative genetic manipulation techniques in Australia so that risks to workers or potential hazards to the community or environment associated with the genetics of manipulated organisms are identified and can be managed.

A compilation of molecular and phenotypic information on wheat, barley, oats, rye, and sugarcane; Outlines priority needs for biotechnological approaches to wheat and barley improvement; Supported by the USDA/NAL Plant Genome Research.

Green Industry Biotechnology Platform (GIBiP)
Represents European member companies involved in plant biotechnology in the commercial introduction of seeds, plants, and crops that have been genetically modified to achieve benefits for the farmer, the end-customer, or the grower; Working Group position papers on Food and Feed, Field Trials, Intellectual Property, and Biosafety.

ICGEB Biosafety Web Pages
Promotes the safe use of biotechnology worldwide with special regard to the needs of the developing world. Includes a library of selected documents on biosafety, links to biosafety-related webpages, and bibliographic database on biosafety studies published since 1990.

Info AgBiotech
Special reports, technical information, and regulations on biotechnology including CODEX and Food Labeling; Plants with Novel Traits; Livestock Animals Derived from Biotechnology; and Biofertilizers. Maintained by the Office of Biotechnology of Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Information Systems for Biotechnology
Provides information on agricultural and environmental biotechnology research, product development, regulatory issues, and biosafety. Supported by a grant from the USDA/CSREES National Biological Impact Assessment Program (NBIAP) to Virginia Tech.

Institute for Biotechnology Information (IBI)
Provides information on commercial biotechnology to organizations worldwide in a variety of formats, including databases, publications, and special studies. Provides Information Systems for Biotechnology with the Companies, State Contacts, and Biotechnology Centers databases.

International Field Test Web Sites
A list of Web sites containing information about field tests in several countries. Provided by Ann Courtmanche at Rutgers University.

International Food Information Council: Food Biotechnology
A nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. that provides reports, brochures, resources, and general information on food biotechnology to journalists, health professionals, educators, government officials, and consumers.

International Information Program: Global Issues on Biotechnology
Provides the US Government with information on agricultural biotechnology; Recent congressional testimony on biotechnology regulatory issues; Links to international agreements on biosafety and biodiversity protocols, US Government regulatory oversight departments, and industry associations.

International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA)
Facilitates the transfer of agricultural biotechnology applications from industrial to developing countries; Counsels developing countries on the testing of biotech products; Assists in the implementation of biosafety and food safety regulatory procedures, the deployment of resistance genes, and with intellectual property rights.

IRRO Databases on Environmental Releases (Information Resource for the Release of Organisms to the

An information network run on a non-profit basis, which aims to provide access to all types of information
relevant to the release of animals, plants, and microorganisms into the environment.

ISNAR Biotechnology Web Site
Provides information on ISNAR's activities in agricultural biotechnology by addressing the policy, management, and organizational needs of countries in the process of building capacity and competency in biotechnology.

Joint Research Centre - European Commission
Summaries of field trials held in European Commission member countries.

Life Sciences Knowledge Center
Sponsored by Monsanto, this site has news items supporting agricultural biotechnology from around the globe. Also provides useful technical reports, fact sheets, speeches, and other documents relevant to the promotion of biotechnology.

National Agricultural Biotechnology Council (US)
Compiles and disseminates information to and facilitates active communication among researchers, administrators, policymakers, practitioners, and others to ensure the safe and efficacious development of biotechnology.

National Biotechnology Information Facility
Provides access to and distribution of biotechnology data among researchers, and training in biotechnology. Active in developing new sources and types of biotechnology databases.

National Center for Biotechnology Education
Maintained by the University of Reading. Offers innovative resources for biotechnology education.

NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules (National Institutes of Health)
Specifies practices for constructing and handling: (i) recombinant deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) molecules, and (ii) organisms and viruses containing recombinant DNA molecules.

Novartis Foundation
Information on philanthropic activities along with a series of useful articles on issues related to agriculture, sustainable development, and biotechnology/genetic engineering.

OECD's Database of Field Trials
A searchable database that includes records of field trials of genetically modified organisms which have taken place in OECD Member countries and contains data from other countries provided through UNIDO's BINAS. Summaries of the data are available.

OECD Biotrack Online
Helps member country governments and industries with biotechnology product notifications/assessments, and provides information developed by the Expert Group on Harmonization of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology.

On-Line Courses in Biotechnology
Iowa State University's site for on-line courses in biology, including biotechnology.

Performance Standards for Safely Conducting Research With Genetically Modified Fish and Shellfish
A tool for risk assessment and risk management of genetically modified fish and shellfish developed by a US Department of Agriculture-sanctioned working group. The program can also be accessed through the ISB website under "Risk Assessment," then "Transgenic Fish."

A Technical Cooperation Network on Plant Biotechnology formed to accelerate the process of adaptation, generation, transfer, and application of plant biotechnology to contribute to the solution of crop production constraints and genetic resources conservation for the countries of the Latin American and Caribbean region.

Robert Koch Institute (RKI) - Center for Gene Technology
Monitors the safety evaluation of genetic resources; Provides procedures for release and marketing of genetically modified organisms under the German legislation; Maintains databases of field trials in Germany and the EU, releases of GMOs, a list of products placed on the market in the EU, and regulations in other countries.

Rural Advancement Foundation International
A non-governmental organization highly critical of the role of biotechnology in agriculture. Provides information on the so called `terminator gene' and arguments against patenting of life forms.

The Royal Society - Genetically Modified Plants for Food Use
Reviews current regulatory controls both in the UK and in Europe, and addresses questions of gene transfer from GM crops, other specific concerns of environmental harm, and issues related to GM plants as food.

US Food and Drug Administration: Biotechnology
Information is supplied by the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition on issues pertaining to bioengineered foods including announcements, education, policy statements, consultation procedures, and consumer information.

Union of Concerned Scientists - Agriculture Biotechnology
Discussions on the background of biotechnology and genetic engineering, the risks and benefits of the various applications of genetic engineering and alternatives to them, and current uses of biotechnology in agriculture; Monitors and evaluates the agricultural biotechnology and sustainable agriculture policies and regulations of the USDA, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

United Nations Environment Programme International Register on Biosafety
Contains information from many sources on biosafety focusing on the establishment of a regulatory framework for the safe development, transfer, and application of biotechnology. Provides a list of links to other Web sites concerning biosafety, biotechnology, and biodiversity.

United States Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology
Presents an overview of the activities of agencies primarily responsible for regulating biotechnology in the United States: the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

US EPA Toxic Substances Control Act Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics
Created to allow more efficient public, governmental, and educational access to the TSCA Biotechnology Program; Provides Program regulation, supplementary documents created to support this regulation, and status reports on the submissions, reviews, and agreements undertaken by the Program.

USDA National Agricultural Library Biotechnology Information Center
Provides access to agricultural biotechnology related information services and publications; Includes theory and techniques of genetic engineering, plant and animal genetics, monoclonal antibodies, single cell proteins, food processing, biomass applications, risk assessment, and bioethics; Provides reference and resource lists of newsletters, bibliographies, reports, Web sites, and patent information.

USDA Agricultural Biotechnology Information
Describes the USDA's role in regulating and monitoring the use of biotechnology for agriculture; Includes statements by the Secretary of Agriculture. Provides regulatory oversight in biotechnology, including laws, regulations, and rules; Permitting/notification information; Research and trade issues.

USDA Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants (BRARGP)
Assists Federal regulatory agencies in making science-based decisions about the safety of introducing into the environment genetically modified organisms, including plants, microorganisms, fungi, bacteria, viruses, arthropods, fish, birds, mammals, and other animals. Provides scientific information derived from the risk assessment research it funds.

USDA/APHIS Biotechnology and Scientific Services
Regulates the importation, interstate movement, and environmental release of certain genetically engineered plants and microorganisms under Federal Regulations.

USDA/APHIS Transgenic Arthropod Team
Involved with the regulation of transgenic arthropods and other invertebrates, which may include reviewing applications, contributing to or reviewing environmental assessments, proposing modifications in existing procedures, and liaisoning with the user community.

Ruth Irwin
Information Systems for Biotechnology
Virginia Tech

C. S. Prakash
Center for Plant Biotechnology Research
Tuskegee University


One of the most interesting feature of the Internet is its interactivity. News groups and listservers provide one- or two-way avenues for discussion. These groups are very useful for professional biotechnologists and students to find answers to technical questions, obtain career-related information, promote networking and exchange ideas with colleagues across the world. Often discussion groups host debates on topical issues
such as the ethics of cloning or biosafety of transgenic plants. Many professional collaborations and friendships, often across continents, have been forged through news groups and listservers.

News Groups

Also called USENET, news groups are accessed through a news server (check with your internet service provider if you don't already have access; not all servers carry all news groups).
There are fifteen thousand news groups on the net, with more added every day. A news group can be thought of as a public email box that anyone can browse or send email to. Messages are not sent directly to your email box; you must connect to the news group (or subscribe) and retrieve the messages yourself, allowing you to pick and choose the messages you want to read. Subscribing to a news group is different than subscribing to a listserver. Subscribing essentially means selecting a particular news group for ready access the next time you want to browse news groups, and involves nothing more than clicking on the subscribe button in your news reader or browser, depending on your software.

Though there may be a few nuggets of useful information in newsgroups, they are often a jumble of messages which may or may not pertain to the subject matter the title suggests. They are, after all, completely public. For instance, a recent look at had only one message promoting a business partner in South Africa. Some of the news groups to explore are:

bionet.* (there are 98 groups under the general heading "bionet")
sci.agriculture.* (4 groups)* (18 groups)
alt.agriculture.* (5 groups)

Additionally there are Web sites which list the news groups in different formats. Many newsgroups and Usenet archives can be searched through


A listserver is an email service which can be thought of as a restricted email box to which you must specifically subscribe before you can view or send messages. Messages from listservers are automatically sent to all subscribers' email addresses. Listservers can be configured either to allow any subscriber to post messages which are then distributed to all subscribers, or to restrict posting rights to only one or a few
accounts (like the ISB News Report listserver, which does not allow subscribers to post messages - it only allows us to send out the News Report). Visit for a list of many listservs related to biotechnology.

You can subscribe to most of these listservers by sending an email and typing SUBSCRIBE `group-name' `Your Name' in the message section. Remember to leave the Subject line blank and to turn off your signature file. Many listservers can also be subscribed to and read on the World Wide Web, while others can be accessed through News Reader software on the Usenet server.

A few points to remember with listservers:

- The email address for subscribing (and unsubscribing) listservers is always different from the address for posting the messages. Check carefully. The subscription address often starts with listserv, majordomo, listproc or Mailserv, while the message posting address always begins with the list name (e.g., plant-tc or biotech).

- Save the automated message that you get when you subscribe. It will tell you how to `unsubscribe' from the group, customize message delivery, and search the archives for previous postings.

- Although certain lists are moderated and thus filter out frivolous postings and junk mail (spamming), most are not. Thus, be prepared to tolerate some mail box clutter.

- Exercise caution when you use `Reply' to respond to a message. Your reply is not private and may be distributed instantly to thousands of people around the world.

- Many listservers do not allow you to post messages unless you are a subscriber. Think before you post questions. Can you get that information simply by searching the Internet, or spending a few minutes at your campus library?

- Avoid sending file attachments to the listserv. Many consider them annoying as they download slowly, often spread computer viruses, and cannot be opened by everyone.

Some Useful Listservers

General Biotechnology (University of Maryland)
Send message: SUBSCRIBE BIOTECH <your name> to
Post messages to:

General Biotechnology (Texas A&M University)
Send message: SUBSCRIBE BIOTECH-TEX <your-name> to
Post messages to:

Plant Tissue Culture
Send message: SUBSCRIBE PLANT-TC <your name> to
Post messages to:

Business Aspects of Biotechnology
Send message: SUBSCRIBE BIZ-BIOTECH <your name> to
Post messages to:

Bioassess: Biosafety Information
Send message: SUBSCRIBE BIOASSESS <your name> to
Post messages to:

Environmental Biotechnology
Send message: SUBSCRIBE ENV-BIOTECH <your name> to
Post messages to:

DNA Markers and Genome
Send message: SUBSCRIBE RAPD to
Post messages to:

GENTALK (Educational aspects of biotech).
Send message: SUBSCRIBE GENTALK <your name> to
Post messages to:

C. S. Prakash
Center for Plant Biotechnology Research
Tuskegee University

Doug King
Information Systems for Biotechnology
Virginia Tech


The World Intellectual Property Organization PCT Database
This database contains the first page data (bibliographic data, abstract and drawing) of PCT applications published since January 1997. The database is normally updated on Thursday.

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office
The CIPO website includes the Canadian Patent Database, which provides access to over 75 years of Canadian patent descriptions and images. The database contains bibliographic data, textual data (titles, abstracts and claims) and image data for patents granted since August 15, 1978. For patents granted prior to this date, the database contains bibliographic data, titles, and image data.

US Patent and Trademark Office Website
This site offers general information on utility and plant patents, updates on USPTO developments, patent examination guidelines, and selected USPTO decisions.

USPTO Web Patent Database
The US Patent and Trademark Office databases offer access to bibliographic patent information and full-text patents. Both databases cover the period from January 1976 to the present. Full page images of patent documents are also available. The databases are typically updated Tuesday.

A joint project of the EPO, its member states, and the European Commission, this site offers bibliographic data of patents published since 1996 by any member state of the EPO, and the World Intellectual Property Organization. Full-page facsimile images of documents are also retrievable.

The IBM Intellectual Property Network
This site provides the ability to search and to retrieve information on nearly four million patent and patent application documents, including US patents, PCT applications, and European Patent Office documents.

Ag Biotechnology Patents and New Technologies
The Biotechnology Information Resource WWW site is maintained by the National Agricultural Library of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This site offers information on US Agbiotech patents issued between 1994 and about September 1996.

DNA Patent Database
A joint project of the Georgetown University's Kennedy Institute of Ethics and the Foundation for Genetic Medicine, this site offers access to the full text and analysis of all DNA patents issued by the USPTO.

The European Patent Office
The EPO website provides examination guidelines, searchable decisions of the EPO Board of Appeal, and updates on EPO practice.

Japanese Patent Office Home Page
This site provides information on patent application examination in the Japanese Patent Office, and access to JPO's Industrial Property Digital Library.

Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) Toxin Resources
The Biotechnology Information Center offers BT -related information, including the layout of the BT Wars up to
September 1997.

US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Website
The Federal Circuit, which is positioned just below (and down the street from) the US Supreme Court, decides many patent cases of interest. The court's website provides access to current decisions.

Phillip B. C. Jones, PhD., J.D.
Seattle, Washington



Two years ago, I wrote an article describing some of the elements that are involved in business development in
biotechnology, and presented some related internet resources. Upon reviewing that article's content, I note that the elements of business development are still relevant, as are all of the internet resources described. In fact many, if not most, of the internet sites described are still considered to be some of the key web-based information tools for business development available today. In light of this, I refer you to that article to learn more about how to use the internet to assist in business development

I have also provided an updated list of some additional internet sites (not mentioned in the previous article) that you may find valuable to your business development pursuits. I have attempted to categorize the sites, but some provide information across multiple categories.


A hub site for the biotechnology industry. Includes daily summary of news from around the biotechnology world, company profiles, stock information, and more.

Community of Science
Site touts itself as a resource "by scientists, for scientists" but offers business development information through access to information on funding sources, patents, meetings, Commerce Business Daily, Medline, and more.

National Biotechnology Information Facility (NBIF)
Provides a single-point access to biotechnology data including approximately 7,000 links to biotechnology resources.

Technology Transfer and Licensing

Technology Transfer Information Center (TTIC)
Another resource of the USDA National Agricultural Library, the Technology Transfer Information Center (TTIC) provides a variety of services to help to promote the efficient conversion of federally-developed inventions into commercial products.

A business-to-business extranet for technology licensing professionals. Techex was originally created by Yale University's Office of Cooperative Research, and it operates to facilitate a network of targeted communications between technology transfer offices at research institutions and corporate technology developers. TechEx participation is restricted to approved users.

Licensing Executives Society
Site offers information of technology licensing as well as ways to access and benefit from membership resources.

Company Information

Hoover's Online
Offers a good general business information resource. Users can get free data on public and private companies using Hoover's search engine and business database. The site also offers extensive links to archived company news information from across the web, as well as access to more in-depth company analyses for a fee.

Wall Street Journal
We all know the Wall Street Journal. A yearly subscription to the web site allows access to current and past WSJ articles and other financial content including company profiles, Dow Jones news releases, and more.

Competitive Intelligence

Society for Competitive Intelligence Professionals
Offers information and links to hone your competitive intelligence skills-- a valuable tool in business development.

A well known business and legal information resource. Their site provides information on a variety of products to assist with business development and competitive intelligence. Many of their for-fee products are web accessible.

PR Newswire
A leader in electronic delivery of breaking news releases and information directly from companies and institutions through a fax, satellite and Internet network. In addition to providing access to daily worldwide business information, including commercial biotechnology, PR Newswire also provides additional services
enabling public relations and investor relations professionals to immediately access the media, financial community, and consumers.


Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
Information on countries' economy, population, governments, and more compiled by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

William O. Bullock
Institute for Biotechnology Information
Research Triangle Park, NC.