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BIO severs ties with WuXi in the face of U.S. government concerns over China

WASHINGTON — The Biotechnology Innovation Organization, an industry trade group, is cutting ties with Chinese company WuXi in response to increasing U.S. government scrutiny of it and other Chinese companies, according to a BIO press release shared with STAT on Wednesday.

It’s an about-face for a lobbying organization that recently was willing to defend WuXi against attacks, and it’s a sign that the U.S. biotechnology industry will have to make do without a company that it has come to heavily rely on for developing and making drugs.

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WuXi is the only BIO member among the four Chinese companies that would be blacklisted from doing business in the United States by the Biosecure Act, a bipartisan bill that has been introduced in both the House and Senate.

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