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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 /
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
(National Advisory Committee on Agricultural Biosafety)
Provides consultation and technical support to the Argentinean government
on regulations concerning the introduction and environmental release of
Convention on Biological
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.
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.
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
(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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Field Test Web Sites
A list of Web sites containing information about field tests in several
countries. Provided by Ann Courtmanche at Rutgers University.
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
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.
on Environmental Releases (Information Resource for the Release of Organisms
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
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.
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
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
Provides access to and distribution of biotechnology data among researchers,
and training in biotechnology. Active in developing new sources and types
of biotechnology databases.
for Biotechnology Education
Maintained by the University of Reading. Offers innovative resources for
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
Information on philanthropic activities along with a series of useful
articles on issues related to agriculture, sustainable development, and
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.
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.
Iowa State University's site for on-line courses in biology, including
Standards for Safely Conducting Research With Genetically Modified Fish
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Biotechnology and Scientific Services
Regulates the importation, interstate movement, and environmental release
of certain genetically engineered plants and microorganisms under Federal
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.
Information Systems for Biotechnology
C. S. Prakash
Center for Plant Biotechnology Research
BIOTECHNOLOGY DISCUSSION GROUPS ONLINE
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.
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 alt.agriculture.technology
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
sci.agriculture.* (4 groups)
sci.bio.* (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
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 listserv@UMDD.umd.edu
Post messages to: email@example.com
General Biotechnology (Texas A&M University)
Send message: SUBSCRIBE BIOTECH-TEX <your-name> to firstname.lastname@example.org
Post messages to: email@example.com
Plant Tissue Culture
Send message: SUBSCRIBE PLANT-TC <your name> to firstname.lastname@example.org
Post messages to: email@example.com
Business Aspects of Biotechnology
Send message: SUBSCRIBE BIZ-BIOTECH <your name> to firstname.lastname@example.org
Post messages to: email@example.com
Bioassess: Biosafety Information
Send message: SUBSCRIBE BIOASSESS <your name> to firstname.lastname@example.org
Post messages to: email@example.com
Send message: SUBSCRIBE ENV-BIOTECH <your name> to firstname.lastname@example.org
Post messages to: email@example.com
DNA Markers and Genome
Send message: SUBSCRIBE RAPD to firstname.lastname@example.org
Post messages to: email@example.com
GENTALK (Educational aspects of biotech).
Send message: SUBSCRIBE GENTALK <your name> to firstname.lastname@example.org
Post messages to: GENTALK@usa.net
C. S. Prakash
Center for Plant Biotechnology Research
Information Systems for Biotechnology
PATENT WEB SITES
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.
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
This site offers general information on utility and plant patents, updates
on USPTO developments, patent examination guidelines, and selected 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.
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.
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
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 EPO website provides examination guidelines, searchable decisions
of the EPO Board of Appeal, and updates on EPO practice.
Japanese Patent Office
This site provides information on patent application examination in the
Japanese Patent Office, and access to JPO's Industrial Property Digital
(Bacillus thuringiensis) Toxin Resources
The Biotechnology Information Center offers BT -related information, including
the layout of the BT Wars up to
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.
UPDATE: THE INTERNET AS A TOOL IN BIOTECHNOLOGY BUSINESS
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,
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,
National Biotechnology Information
Provides a single-point access to biotechnology data including approximately
7,000 links to biotechnology resources.
Technology Transfer and Licensing
Technology Transfer Information
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
Licensing Executives Society
Site offers information of technology licensing as well as ways to access
and benefit from membership resources.
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.
Society for Competitive Intelligence
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.
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
enabling public relations and investor relations professionals to immediately
access the media, financial community, and consumers.
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.