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When the BioPortfolio site was launched in February 1997 the company aimed to provide a global free-to-use resource with defined aims and mission statement:
"to meet the increasing demand of consumers, scientists, investors, commerce and government for timely, accurate and commercially useful information and intelligence on biotechnology companies, technologies and products world-wide."
Driven by the success of the site we have made major investments and improvements to enhance our content and to apply the latest web technologies to improve functionality and site utility.
We believe this unique depth and breadth of content is supporting individuals, organizations and policy-makers to become more aware of the role of biotechnology on the global economy.
The business was launched by Peter Barfoot who continues to manage the business and direct news content. He is supported by a small team of freelance writers.
Peter D Barfoot: Peter graduated from Newscastle University in 1980 with a BSc (Hons) in Agricultural and Food Marketing followed in 1981 by a postgraduate MSc degree in Agricultural Economics from London University. Following scholarships with the UK Foreign Office - Overseas Development Administration and the European Commission DG VI Agriculture, Peter in 1985 joined the Agricultural Genetics Company (AGC) Limited. After 10 years AGC formed a new company AXIS Genetics Limited, which specialized in the development of novel pharmaceuticals using genetically-modified plants and viruses. In 1997, Peter launched BioPortfolio Limited - the life science portal for pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and healthcare. In addition Peter has several published papers on GM Crops:
Global Impact of Biotech Crops - environmental impacts 1996 - 2009
GM Crops 2-1, 34-49; January/February/March 2011, Landes Bioscience
GM Crops: The Global Economic and Environmental Impact - The First Nine Years 1996-2004
AgBioForum Volume 8 // Number 2 & 3 // Article 15
Global Impact of Biotech Crops: Income and Production Effects 1996-2007
AgBioForum Volume 12 // Number 2 // Article 4
Anya de Iongh: Anya graduated from Cambridge University in 2010 with a BSc (Hons) in Biological Natural Sciences (Medicine). Anya is editing and writing content for the Channels’ pages, and developing corresponding RSS feeds. In addition to this, she is also responsible for expanding the social media aspects of BioPortfolio, specifically through Twitter and tailored articles on leading topics.
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