Monthly Archives: February 2008

Gov. Schwarzenegger to speak at convention

This just in – Gov. Schwarzenegger will be speaking at the BIO International Convention, June 17-20 in San Diego.  Together with California biotech leaders, we announced his participation yesterday and also highlighted what’s new and different with this year’s convention. As Stephen Ferruolo (program co-chair) pointed out – “missing the breakout sessions is like going to the U.S. Open and not checking out the golfers.” Issues surrounding follow-ons, IP, regenerative medicine, biomarkers, biofuels, genetically engineered Read More >

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Tilman clarifies study

Much of the media coverage of the recent Science Magazine studies made it clear that many hadn’t actually read the studies before they reported on them. Some interpreted the studies as condemning corn ethanol production now, not as the worst case scenario of what could happen in the future. University of Minnesota professor David Tilman, an author of one study, clarified it today in an interview with Minnesota Daily: Tilman, who is currently on sabbatical Read More >

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Is the Debate on Land Use Over?

The full implications of the German Marshall Fund and Nature Conservancy articles in Science and the agenda and arguments of environmental and conservation advocates are coming more into focus. Consider comments posted by Nathanael Greene of the Natural Resources Defense Council on his Switchboard: While we still do not have international protocols that pay to protect or simply prohibit clearing of carbon rich lands, emissions from cleared land driven by marginally higher demand is simply Read More >

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Biofuels Feedstocks – Yield Matters

The following post was submitted by Richard Hamilton, president and CEO of Ceres, Inc. Technology is playing a critical role in maximizing the inherent advantages of dedicated energy crops. Through advanced plant breeding, public and private researchers are increasing yields both in terms of tons per acre (field yields) and in terms of gallons per ton (through traits that improve conversion). Higher yields not only have a significant impact on reducing production costs of cellulosic Read More >

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Convention keynote speaker TBA

It’s that time again – Spring is beckoning, Punxsutawney Phil has made his proclamation, the Oscars have given us one grand hoorah and we here at BIO are close to announcing our first keynote speaker for the 2008 BIO International Convention, June 17-20 in San Diego. Stay tuned, or for more details – contact Tracy Krughoff at or 202.312.9274.

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