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Igniting the Tipping Point between Digital Health and Pharma

Jill-Gilbert

In 2016, the digital transformation in healthcare is poised to shift from a silently rising tide to a tumultuous, crashing wave. (The sound of innovation will be especially audible June 6 and 7 at BIO 2016 in San Francisco.) A survey last year by the trend-watchers at Russell Reynolds Associates found that 47 percent of healthcare executives thought that their business would be “moderately or massively disrupted by digital in the next 12 months.” If Read More >

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UChicagoTech Uses BIO’s One-on-One Partnering™ to Advance Innovation Through Collaboration

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Each year, as part of the University of Chicago’s strategy for successfully bringing innovation to the marketplace, several members from UChicagoTech, the University’s Center for Technology Development and Ventures, head to the BIO International Convention to meet with industry representatives. “Partnering meetings made possible by BIO’s One-on-One Partnering™ system give us a chance to make connections, promote institutional capabilities, and pitch many opportunities at once,” said Thelma Tennant, Assistant Director at UChicagoTech. Tennant and several other UChicagoTech staff members spent much of Read More >

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Integrating the Production of Biofuels and Bioproducts through Advanced Biotechnology

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The development of bio-based products (chemicals and materials) has quickly become one of the fastest-growing segments of the biotech industry and represents a significant opportunity to advance the emerging bioeconomy. Bioproducts can be made in a single-product process; however, the co-production of bioproducts alongside biofuels offers a more efficient, cost-effective, and integrated approach to the utilization of our nation’s biomass resources. Within the context of biofuel production, the biorefinery provides substantial opportunities to capitalize on Read More >

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From BioGENEius to the White House Science Fair

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My name is Mikayla Ockels, recipient of the Practical Impact Award from the 2015 National BioGENEius Science Fair, and I am excited and honored to have exhibited at the 2016 White House Science fair this month! Seven years ago I participated in my first local science fair and was completely unaware that the experience would be the start of an extraordinary scientific journey. Research gave me an outlet to unleash my inquisitive nature and indulge Read More >

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Harnessing Biotechnology to Accelerate Advanced Biofuels Production

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Major advances in biotechnology are opening up opportunities in the emerging bioeconomy. Innovation in synthetic biology and metabolic engineering can lead to substantial improvements in conversion efficiencies for the production of advanced biofuels. This, in turn, can speed up the development and commercialization of bio-based products, making them attractive and affordable to industrial manufacturers. From expanding the potential of diverse microbial systems to enhancing the biocatalytic capabilities of enzymes, the application of biotechnology is accelerating Read More >

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