The office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress defines biotechnology as "any technique that uses living organisms or their products to make or modify a product, to improve plants or animals, or to develop microorganisms for specific uses."
Biotechnology has been used for centuries in agriculture and medicine. Advancements in biotechnology have allowed us to feed a growing world population and expand into new sciences such as genomics, immunology and improved pharmaceutical and diagnostic testing.
Uses in agriculture have allowed for the creation of crops resistant to pests, diseases and climate conditions like drought. Other uses have reduced chemical use and improved the length of time until spoilage. We have also witnessed increases in food nutrients.
Uses in medicine are paving the way for more personalized treatment of patients or, “personalized medicine.” Pharmacogenomics allows researchers to analyze how an individual’s body responds to drugs and thereby optimize and individualize drug therapy. Gene therapy is emerging through international scientific research projects like the Human Genome Project, is helping us to develop new medicines to treat previously untreatable diseases. Genetic testing is allowing us to better diagnose inherited diseases.
Yet, with such exciting accomplishments throughout the world there are diverse regimes in place regulating biotechnology. Even in the U.S. biotechnology regulations span three federal agencies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Agriculture and healthcare industries with products under review by the U.S government are continually frustrated by the slowness of the process of approving new products. Delays of even a few months are enormously costly, both in terms of human health and finances. Now more than ever agriculture and healthcare industries need the experience, knowledge and federal connections that Cansler Consulting offers.
More than ever, the biotech industry needs the experience, knowledge and federal connections that Cansler Consulting offers.
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