B&C News: Synthetic Biology

July 30, 2019
Food Security and World Hunger with Katherine Meighan, International Fund for Agricultural Development
Last October, at the Annual Meeting of the International Bar Association in Rome, I was fortunate enough to be introduced to Katherine Meighan, the General Counsel of IFAD, the International Fund for Agricultural Development.  Katherine gave an eye-opening presentation at the IBA conference on IFAD’s efforts to address the issue of food security and world hunger, and I knew I had to have her on the podcast to share her message and to dig deeper into her work as General Counsel and IFAD’s incredible work in general. Katherine’s unique background has served ... read more >
October 12, 2018
Fall 2018 Regulatory, Testing, and Policy Trends for Chemical Consortia
Now more than ever, chemical industry stakeholders with shared business and advocacy interests are urged to consider collaborating on regulatory, testing, and related advocacy opportunities. Two years post-passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act means the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is well underway with implementation of the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).      Industry groups that are already established and working efficiently when EPA initiates an action under TSCA will be most successful in nimbly and ... read more >
February 8, 2018
Lynn L. Bergeson Named Vice Chairman of Newly Formed IBA Agriculture Law Committee
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and The Acta Group (Acta®) are pleased to announce that Lynn L. Bergeson has been appointed Vice Chairman of the Agriculture Law Committee (ALC) at the International Bar Association (IBA). Ms. Bergeson, Managing Partner of B&C and President of Acta, will serve a two-year term.   The IBA is the world’s leading organization of international legal practitioners, bar associations, and law societies, promoting an exchange of information among legal associations worldwide. The Agricultural Law Section joins a wide range of legal ... read more >
October 6, 2017
Inside EPA Quotes B&C Memorandum on EPA, FDA Jurisdiction for Mosquito Related Products
On October 6, 2017, Inside EPA quoted a recent Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) memorandum in the article “EPA wins power to oversee biotech mosquito controls.” EPA and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have issued new guidance clarifying that EPA has authority for regulating biotechnology (Bt) products such as genetically modified mosquitoes that are used to control the pests, a step that one industry law firm says will be helpful for navigating a federal “jurisdictional quagmire." […] In an Oct. 5 blog, the law firm Bergeson and Campbell ... read more >
August 28, 2017
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted In Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “Paper Waste Spurs Testing of Low-Cost Carbon Fiber for Products”
On August 28, 2017, Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report discussing Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) regulatory concerns for carbon fiber with a lignin. Since the lignin-PAN carbon fiber under development does not yet involve the use of carbon nanofibers, Washington State University's Ahring said the product will not require clearance under [TSCA]. But some worry that the enthusiasm supporting the rapid commercialization of biobased chemicals has gotten out in front of potential ... read more >
January 11, 2017
The Top Chemical Regulatory Stories of 2016
  The attorneys, scientists, policy experts, and regulatory advisors of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), The Acta Group (Acta®), and B&C® Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCCM) endeavor year-round to keep you informed on key developments as they happen, and prepared for looming changes and deadlines, to help you maintain compliance and competitive advantage as you market your products throughout the world. As the new year begins, we offer you this look back at the top stories of 2016 (as measured by clicks, reads, and shares by readers of our blogs and e-mails), a ... read more >
June 6, 2016
Lynn L. Bergeson Presents “Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security in the Mediterranean Region: Modern Agriculture and Technology” at the International Bar Association 4th Mediterranean Conference
On June 6, 2016, Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner of Bergeson & Campbell P.C., (B&C®), presented “Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security in the Mediterranean Region: Modern Agriculture and Technology” at the International Bar Association 4th Mediterranean Conference in Rome, Italy. Ms. Bergeson began her presentation with a discussion of the similarities between U.S. and European Union (EU) oversight systems. Both systems address comprehensively potential risks posed by evolving agricultural technologies through a complex web of horizontal and vertical laws. ... read more >
November 30, 2015
Federal Biotech Regulations Confusing; Diverse Parties Agree on Little Else
A November 30, 2015 story in Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report on the federal approach to regulating bioengineered products and comments submitted by nearly a thousand organizations and individuals on the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology, featured commentary from B&C: Bergeson & Campbell PC, a law firm that represents companies working with emerging technologies, supported the efforts to update the framework but described structural problems that may thwart the White House’s intentions. The regulatory infrastructure is ... read more >
November 25, 2015
Diverse Parties Say Federal Biotech Rules Confusing
The November 25, 2015, Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report quoted Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., in the article “Diverse Parties Say Federal Biotech Rules Confusing.” Bergeson & Campbell PC, a law firm that represents companies working with emerging technologies, supported the efforts to update the framework but described structural problems that may thwart the White House's intentions. The regulatory infrastructure is ill-suited to address synthetic biology—a new form of genetic engineering—nimbly or comprehensibly, the law firm wrote. Some synbio ... read more >
November 6, 2015
Inside EPA Includes Comments From Richard E. Engler, Ph.D. In Article “Agencies Receive Conflicting Comments On Update Of Biotech Reviews”
On November 6, 2015, Inside EPA included comments made by Richard E. Engler, Ph. D. at a public meeting held by EPA, USDA, and FDA to  update the federal coordinated framework for how the three agencies regulate biotechnology. […]Industry officials, meanwhile, emphasized biotechnology's growing importance in food production and cautioned that over-regulation will stifle innovation. Officials with Dupont and the law firm Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., which represents industry clients, called for science-based assessments that consider products' risks and ... read more >
November 2, 2015
BNA Daily Environment Report Article “New Authority Not Expected for Biotech Framework Update,” Quotes Richard E. Engler, Ph.D.
The November 2, 2015, BNA Daily Environment Report article, “New Authority Not Expected for Biotech Framework Update,” included comments made by Richard E. Engler, Ph.D. at the “Modernizing the Regulatory System for Biotechnology Products” public meeting held by FDA, USDA, and EPA.     […DuPont global director of corporate regulatory affairs Terry] Medley and Richard Engler, a senior chemist working for Bergeson & Campbell P.C., said the update needs to provide public confidence in the regulatory oversight process, so that the public can ... read more >
October 26, 2015
Inside EPA Quotes Lynn L. Bergeson in article “TSCA Reform Legislation Could Smooth Path For New Biotechnologies”
The October 26, 2015, Inside EPA article, “TSCA Reform Legislation Could Smooth Path For New Biotechnologies,” included comments made by Lynn L. Bergeson at an event hosted by the Wilson Center’s Synthetic Biology Project (synbio). Pending legislation in Congress to reform the 40-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) could make it easier for EPA to assess the potential risks of new technologies, such as synthetic biology, and review requests to undertake field research or commercialize new products, an industry attorney says. While the legislation does not ... read more >
October 20, 2015
Leveraging Synthetic Biology’s Promise and Managing Potential Risk
On October 15, 2015, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center) hosted “Leveraging Synthetic Biology’s Promise and Managing Potential Risk,” a panel discussion featuring Lynn L. Bergeson, Sheryl Lindros Dolan, and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., of B&C, and Todd Kuiken, Ph.D., Senior Program Associate, Synthetic Biology Project, Wilson Center. The event coincided with the release of “The DNA of the U.S. Regulatory System: Are We Getting It Right For Synthetic Biology?,” authored by the ... read more >
October 9, 2015
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. and the Wilson Center Release Report on Synthetic Biology's Challenge to U.S. Regulatory Systems
  Panel Discussion to Be Held Wednesday, October 15, 2015, from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (EDT)   On October 15, 2015, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center) will host "Leveraging Synthetic Biology's Promise and Managing Potential Risk," a panel discussion featuring Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), and Todd Kuiken, Ph.D., Senior Program Associate, Synthetic Biology Project, Wilson Center. The event coincides with the release of "The DNA of the U.S. Regulatory System: Are We Getting It ... read more >
September 3, 2015
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. Quoted in Inside EPA Article “New EPA Guide Aims To Improve Synthetic Biology Algae Project Reviews”
A September 3, 2015, Inside EPA article regarding EPA’s efforts to improve how it reviews companies’ proposals to develop synthetic biology products, and specifically biotech algae, featured quotes from Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.: In a recent memo to clients, the law firm Bergeson & Campbell calls the announcement of the algae guide update "hugely important for the industrial biotechnology communities," adding that "EPA's announcement suggests a broader Agency initiative is underway, and is best read in the context of other relevant ... read more >
July 31, 2015
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in BNA Daily Environment Report Article “Companies Invited to Help Develop Algae Guidance”
The July 31, 2015, Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report spoke with Lynn L. Bergeson regarding EPA’s plans to develop updated guidance for companies making chemicals with genetically engineered microorganisms under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). “EPA's posting of the synbio algae project is hugely important for the industrial biotechnology and synthetic biology communities,” Lynn  Bergeson, managing partner of Bergeson  & Campbell P.C., told Bloomberg BNA in an e-mail. Her law firm specializes in policies for emerging technologies ... read more >
April 7, 2015
BNA Daily Environment Report Coverage of Science & the Congress Briefing Quotes Lynn L. Bergeson
The April 7, 2015, Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report story "Innovation Outpacing Regulatory Systems; Modernized TSCA, New Data Said to Help," reported on "21st Century Understanding of Chemicals," a congressional briefing hosted by the American Chemical Society (ACS) Science & the Congress Project.  Lynn L. Bergeson’s comments at the congressional briefing were quoted.   The Environmental Protection Agency has taken eight times longer to approve new nanoengineered chemicals than new chemicals made with traditional technologies and feedstocks, an attorney specializing in ... read more >
November 11, 2014
Enhancing Oversight of Synthetic Biology under TSCA to Promote Sustainable Commercial Development
Article Featured in Industrial Biotechnology Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and Of Counsel with the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), Charles M. Auer of Charles Auer & Associates, LLC, and Oscar Hernandez, Ph.D. of Oscar Hernandez & Associates, LLC, have published "Creative Adaptation: Enhancing Oversight of Synthetic Biology Under the Toxic Substances Control Act" in the October 2014 issue of Industrial Biotechnology, the journal of biobased innovation to drive the global bioeconomy. In the ... read more >

 
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