BIO leaders want to return to Boston

Leaders of the Biotechnology Industry Organization said they want to come back later this decade — if they can get more exhibition space and other accommodations.

Patients driving direction of new drug research

Patients and their families are working with pharmaceutical companies, matching patients with clinical trials, paying for research, and lobbying to speed drug development.

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Speaking up for patients

Cancer activists take their fight for drug approval to the BIO conference in Boston.

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Biotech companies in Mass.

The Massachusetts Biotechnology Council lists more than 900 companies in the state. View a map of their locations.

Verastem executives (from left) Robert Forrester, Robert Weinberg, and Christoph Westphal.

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Some venture firms find both ideas and the money

Third Rock is one of a trio of Back Bay firms that have been taking a much more hands-on approach to scouting for promising research and then crafting companies around it.

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As biotech giants convene, Massachusetts stands out

This week’s Bio International Convention is a chance for the state to tout its decisive edge in this lucrative industry.

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The darker side of the bio industry

Biological advancements have tremendous benefits to our health, energy supplies, and global food supplies. But there is a darker side to the bio-industry.

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Budget, health fights worrying biotechs at BIO

Biotechnology executives meeting in Boston voiced concerns about potential research cuts and the future of the health care law.

BIO sets up potential partners through speed meetings

Some 5,500 individuals have paid for the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s speed meeting service, which includes the BIO One-on-One Partnering scheduling software.

Grants awarded in Israel-Mass. pact

The first round of grants, totaling at least $1.3 million, under the Massachusetts-Israel Innovation Partnership was awarded Tuesday at the BIO International Convention.

Drug makers, Massachusetts to form consortium

The ambitious consortium, which is expected to be unveiled Wednesday, would aim to improve the understanding and treatment of neurological disorders.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/06/19/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/wiggs_bio_2metro--90x90.jpg Former US Treasury secretaries sound alarm

Henry M. Paulson Jr. and Robert E. Rubin warned that decisive political action is needed in the US and Europe to avert an economic crisis.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/06/18/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/marquee_art01-002--90x90.jpg Bio convention website

Visit the website of the 2012 Bio International Convention, which is being held in Boston.