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BIO Member Company Achieves Significant Milestone in Advanced Biofuel Technology

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On Friday, October 17, 2014, Abengoa Bioenergy opened its 25-million gallon per year cellulosic ethanol biorefinery in Hugoton, Kansas.  Abengoa completed the construction of its facility in mid-August and began producing cellulosic ethanol at the end of September. The plant produces up to 25 million gallons a year using only raw biomass “second generation” for the production of ethanol, ie residues of agricultural crops and inedible stems and leaves that do not compete with grain for feed materials. Through Read More >

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Richard Pops: A Greater Patient Voice in Drug Development

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In the October issue of MedNous, Alkermes’ CEO Richard Pops writes about the move toward increased engagement with patients in the development, review and delivery of new medicines, as well as the challenges and opportunities associated with access and reimbursement. Pops asserts that patients must organize to share data that can be used in regulatory decision-making. Furthermore, he writes that this input must be integrated through the process – from the early stages of development Read More >

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As Midterm Elections Near Some Voters Will Have to Decide on More Than Who Will Control the State’s Legislature

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As we close in on the “midterm” elections, not only will voters decide which parties will control the states’ legislatures but many will be asked to vote on contentious ballot initiatives. Colorado and Oregon each have statewide ballot initiatives pending that would force food companies to label any products derived from Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). In Maui County, Hawaii (including the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai) and in Humboldt County, California, voters will decide Read More >

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BIO Members Receive 2014 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award

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Today, BIO announced that two of its member companies, Amyris and Solazyme, Inc., have received awards in the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge for industrial biotechnology applications that produce farnesene and algae oils. Green Chemistry or sustainable chemistry aims to design and produce cost-competitive chemical products and processes that reduce pollution at the source.  Specifically, it minimizes or eliminates the hazards of chemical feedstocks, reagents, solvents, and products.   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes that industrial Read More >

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Patent Cases Down by 40% in 2014

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The number of new patent cases filed in federal court has dropped by an astonishing 40 percent as compared to this time last year. This trend has some questioning whether Congressional patent reform is even necessary. Some legal experts are attributing this drop to the fallout from the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Alice vs. CLS Bank decision. In June, SCOTUS ruled in the case of Alice that certain subject matter which had been patentable (a computer-implemented Read More >

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