Privacy Statement Terms & Conditions

Privacy Statement Terms & Conditions

Legal Notice

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Copyright Notice and Disclaimer

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Information on this website may contain technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. Information may be changed or updated without notice. The Biotechnology Institute may also make improvements and/or changes in the products and/or the programs described in this information at any time without notice.

Any comments or materials sent to the Biotechnology Institute, including feedback data, such as questions, comments, suggestions, or the like regarding the content of any such documents (collectively "Feedback"), shall be deemed to be non-confidential. The Biotechnology Institute shall have no obligation of any kind with respect to such Feedback and shall be free to reproduce, use, disclose, exhibit, display, transform, create derivative works, and distribute the Feedback to others without limitation. Further, the Biotechnology Institute shall be free to use any ideas, concepts, know-how, or techniques contained in such Feedback for any purpose whatsoever, including but not limited to developing, manufacturing, and marketing products incorporating such Feedback.

The Biotechnology Institute hosts an online Discussion Board that is open to the public. The Biotechnology Institute does not necessarily endorse or support statements posted on the board. Any information and material placed online are the views and responsibility of those posting the statements.

Information the Biotechnology Institute publishes on the World Wide Web may contain references or cross references to Biotechnology Institute products, programs, and services that are not announced or available in your country. Such references do not imply that the Biotechnology Institute intends to announce such products, programs, or services in your country.

The Biotechnology Institute makes no representations whatsoever about any other website which you may access through this one. When you access a non-Biotechnology Institute website, please understand that it is independent from Biotechnology Institute, and that the Biotechnology Institute has no control over the availability of or content on that website (see the note below). In addition, a link to a non-Biotechnology Institute website does not mean that the Biotechnology Institute endorses or accepts any responsibility for the content, or the use, of such website. It is up to you to take precautions to ensure that whatever you select for your use is free of such items as viruses, worms, trojan horses, and other items of a destructive nature. IN NO EVENT WILL THE BIOTECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE BE LIABLE TO ANY PARTY OR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL OR OTHER CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES FOR ANY USE OF THIS WEBSITE, OR ON ANY OTHER HYPERLINKED WEBSITE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY LOST PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, LOSS OF PROGRAMS OR OTHER DATA ON YOUR INFORMATION HANDLING SYSTEM OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF WE ARE EXPRESSLY ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

This website contains a listing of science websites recommended by visitors to the Biotechnology Institute website (see the note below). The presence of a listing or such information does not constitute an endorsement by the Biotechnology Institute of a particular company or organization, or its programs, products, or services.

Note: Legitimate websites (or Internet "domains") sometimes change ownership. When this happens, the content may change drastically, so that a site offering biology lesson plans for middle school teachers may become a site devoted to the human anatomy in its most natural state. A good link can turn into a bad one overnight. The Biotechnology Institute is aware of no tool for detecting this automatically. We manually check our links to outside web pages to the best of our ability and remove those that are no longer appropriate. If you find a link on this website to a page that is crude or offensive, please report it to include [1] the URL ("web address") of the offending site and [2] the URL of the Biotechnology Institute page containing the link to that site.


The Biotechnology Institute respects your privacy. We will make every reasonable effort to ensure that any personal information you provide to us is used only for the purposes stated below. While the policy presented here concentrates on information collected by the Biotechnology Institute website, it also applies to personal information submitted by other means (mail, fax, phone, sign-up sheets, and so on).

Personal information collected

Several areas of the Biotechnology Institute website require that you send us personal information:

  • Conference program applications
  • Award and contest applications
  • Conference registration
  • Information requests
  • E-newsletters and other updates
  • Your World subscriptions and other purchases

This information is received offline as well (mail, fax, phone). In addition to the primary purpose stated or implied at the time the information is collected, we may use your postal mailing address to send you information about Biotechnology Institute programs or products, surveys, etc.

If you supply an e-mail address, we use it to confirm your order, follow up on a request, etc., as the context determines. We may also use it to keep you informed about Biotechnology Institute programs and initiatives. On occasion we may use your e-mail address for a purpose indirectly related to the original context (e.g., e-mailing a customer satisfaction survey to those who have made purchases from the Institute or attended a program.) The Biotechnology Institute does not make its e-mail lists available to any third party.

"Anonymous" information collected online

Generally speaking, you can visit the Biotechnology Institute website without revealing any personal information about yourself. We do keep a record of all server activity, which means that every page, image, or other type of file requested by your browser is written into a log file. Each entry in the log contains, among other things, information about the computer you're using to connect to the Internet (its "IP address") and about your browser (e.g., which version of Internet Explorer you're using). It does not, however, tell us anything about you personally. We use aggregate data from the web logs to determine how the site's resources are being used and to refine its navigational structure. If the need arises, we may use the logs to trace the source of abusive or illicit activity. We do not share our web logs with any outside party.


A "cookie" is a text file, stored on your computer, that includes information that identifies that computer and can be retrieved by our server to create a seamless browsing session. Most cookies used on the Biotechnology Institute site are deleted when your browser is shut down or in a fixed amount of time, whichever occurs sooner. Members-only pages and other restricted areas use this type of cookie.

Several areas of the Biotechnology Institute website use so-called "persistent" cookies. These files are retained on the user's hard drive after the browser is shut down. For example, the Discussion Board offers the option of using cookies so that a user doesn't need to log in again upon returning. Most browsers accept cookies by default. If you set your browser to reject all cookies, these areas and others may not function properly. Most browsers have a setting whereby the browser alerts you when a server attempts to place a cookie on your hard drive; you are given the option of accepting or rejecting it.

The Biotechnology Institute’s web server also places a persistent cookie used by our web log analysis software to identify returning visitors (actually, returning computers - see "Anonymous information collected" above). This is valuable to us in assessing the website's effectiveness.

For more information on cookies, visit this US government site.

Material submitted online

Some areas of the Biotechnology Institute website allow you to submit questions or express your opinions (e.g., the Discussion Board). As stated in our legal notice, all submissions become the property of the Biotechnology Institute.

Keep in mind that any information you post on the Discussion Board is immediately available to anyone with a web browser. Don't give out more information than what you would like everyone in the world to know. You can, of course, edit or delete the messages you post there.

It should be noted that the e-mail address you submit as part of the registration process for the Discussion Board is not visible and cannot be retrieved by a member of the public. That person can e-mail you, but the system hides your e-mail address; in fact, you will learn that person's e-mail address without revealing yours.

Links to other websites

The Biotechnology Institute website contains links to other websites. The Biotechnology Institute is not responsible for the privacy practices or content of those sites. Check the privacy policy of a website before revealing any personal information.


In certain circumstances, and as an exception to this privacy policy, we may, without notice to you, release information to comply with any valid legal process such as a search warrant, subpoena, statute or court order, or in other special cases, such as, for example, suspected fraudulent or criminal activity, or an attempt to breach the security of the Biotechnology Institute or its website.

Privacy policy updates

We have tried to create a privacy policy that is comprehensive, readable, and durable. Despite our best efforts, we may find it necessary to revise it. Any changes will be made without prior notice. The current Biotechnology Institute privacy policy will continue to be posted at this address. If you have questions or comments about our privacy policy, please send them to the