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Got psoriasis? Get healthier with the National Psoriasis Foundation

National Psoriasis Foundation

This August, the National Psoriasis Foundation encourages people with psoriatic disease and those who love them to get healthier with our Psoriasis Awareness Month Wellness Challenge. If you have psoriasis, you’re already aware of its effects. You already know that psoriasis is not just a skin condition, but that’s it’s a systemic autoimmune disease that puts people at increased risk for heart disease, heart attack, obesity and depression, among other health risks. The good news Read More >

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Integrating Personalized Medicine into Health Care: PMC/BIO Solutions Summit

PMC/BIO Solutions Summit

While issues in science, regulation and reimbursement are still the focus of most stakeholders in personalized medicine, an increasing number of providers are integrating personalized medicine into the health care system despite obstacles. The 2nd Annual PMC/BIO Solutions Summit will convene representatives from industry, patient groups and payers as well as the increasing number of academic health centers and community health care systems that are already delivering personalized care to discuss those obstacles and, more Read More >

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Synthetic Biology Products: Cost Competitive and Performance Driven

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The Monday morning BIO World Congress session, commanded an overcrowded and enthusiastic attendance, and one of the few times where presentations involved the importance of synthetic biology technology for the production of consumer products, which drew more attention than ever before. The session was kicked off by the CEO of Modular Genetics, Kevin Jarrell, who spoke about the production of glycinate an ultra-mild surfactant made by using engineered microorganism which converted underutilized agricultural waste material into useful renewable chemicals found Read More >

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Risks and Benefits from Synbio Processes


At this Wednesday morning BIO World Congress session, Thomas Ishoey, VP at Synthetic Genomics gave an overview of applying synthetic biology towards the development of proprietary synthetic routes, and key genes/pathways for strain development of enzymes and renewable chemicals. The benefits include, creating proprietary pathways and discovery and engineering of new to the world molecules, their activities and allowing scalable, robust routes, and cost parity to incumbent technologies. Some challenges mentioned were based on aerobic metabolism, low biomass Read More >

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Algae and cow cells: BIO members using plants, animals in new ways

Algae oil into fuel

Sara Wyant, Editor/Publisher at Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc. attended the 2015 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and wrote a great piece highlighting the conference: * * * Algae and leaf-based oils for food and fuel, meat without slaughter, and healthy sugar are all part of the not-so-distant future envisioned at the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s (BIO’s) World Congress in Montreal this week. “Our world needs what we in this room are doing,” Jonathan Wolfson, CEO of Read More >

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