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Biobased Innovations for the Coming Decade

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Tuesday’s Breakfast Plenary Session at BIO World Congress was introduced by Rina Singh, Senior Director at BIO, who highlighted that BIO can help startups cut their cost of doing business through the BIO Business Solutions offered free to BIO members. This program offers discounted services such as office supplies and shipping. The plenary was sponsored by BASF. BASF are celebrating their 150th anniversary. Based in over 200 countries, BASF sees a number of key trends for the chemical Read More >

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Achieving Sustainability in the Biobased Economy

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Monday’s General Plenary Session at BIO World Congress was sponsored by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), the Government of Canada’s premier research and technology organization. Working with clients and partners, it provides innovation support, strategic research, scientific and technical services. Denise LeBlanc, General Manager of the Aquatic and Resource Development section spoke to their capability and that they are “open for business” and welcomes BIO members to use their capability to help build Read More >

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Glucan Renewables Winner of Sofinnova Renewable Chemistry Start-Up Award

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Renewable chemistry venture capital firm Sofinnova Partners and bioeconomy communications agency Sustainability Consult partnered on the Sofinnova Renewable Chemistry Start-Up Award, awarded to Glucan Biorenewables at the BIO World Congress on July 20. Following a public vote with almost 8,000 votes cast, the Top-5 companies were shortlisted. These companies then presented to a jury of industry experts at the BIO World Congress in Montreal. The Top-5 shortlisted companies (in alphabetical order): Eggplant reuses wastewater as Read More >

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Welcome to Montreal and to the 2015 BIO World Congress

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Welcome to Montreal and to the 12th Annual BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology. The theme of this conference is linking chemistry, biotechnology and agriculture to create new value chains.  That is what BIO is all about – bringing thought leaders, researchers and venture capitalists together and fostering R&D and business development opportunities that will allow us to further the important goal of creating the value chains that are the lifeblood of the biobased economy. At BIO, Read More >

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Why use a standard off-the-shelf enzyme when you could use a customized enzyme?

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Here at Biocatalysts, we encounter a large number of unique industries, each with their own unique clients, each of which has their own unique needs and drivers. Outside of the existing enzyme-dependent industries (like Food, or Flavour & Fragrance), one of the questions I hear pretty commonly here in the Chicago office is “why would I develop a new enzyme when there are so many off-the-shelf enzymes available to order?” This question is actually quite Read More >

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