Author Archive: Colleen Lerro

Colleen Lerro was a communications manager for BIO’s Industrial & Environmental and Food & Agriculture sections.

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Innovative Companies and Investment Trends in Clean Tech at World Congress

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A recent Reuters article says the U.S. biotech sector is picking up steam in 2013 as deals are happening and attractive returns are generated. According to Reuters, “biotech IPOs have turned in a strong performance, delivering an average return of about 20 percent this year, compared with an average of 16 percent across all sectors.” This article focuses on IPOs for health biotech companies, but there is also a lot going on right now in Read More >

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Roundtable Discussion Highlights Innovation, Commercial Reality for Renewable Chemical Products

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Last week BIO brought together representatives from five renewable chemical companies that will be speaking at BIO’s World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology next month in Montreal for a roundtable discussion highlighting developments in the renewable chemical space. Bioformix, Itaconix, Newlight Technologies, Solegear and CO2 Solutions are all in the early stages of commercializing innovative renewable chemical products making it a very exciting time for the industry. “Renewable chemicals can already compete on cost with petroleum Read More >

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Bringing Biotech to Boats at BIO World Congress

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At the 2013 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in Montreal next month you’ll be able to see a Campion boat on the exhibit show floor. “What will a boat be doing on the show floor of an industrial biotech conference?” you may ask. Well, this isn’t just any boat. Two companies, Ashland and Campion, have teamed up to build better boats with bio-resins. Ashland is a specialty chemicals company that believes in the power of chemistry Read More >

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RFS Under Fire: History, Significance and Current Issues

RFS Under Fire: History, Significance and Current Issues

Unquestionably, the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is the most important policy affecting the U.S. biofuels industry. It supports the market for first-generation biofuels, creates the market for second-generation biofuels and it is vital to boosting the nation’s reliance on advanced biofuels from non-food-related feedstocks. This pivotal policy, however, has vocal opponents who have filed lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), held Congressional hearings and formed stakeholder coalitions. On Wednesday, BIO ’ s International Convention featured Read More >

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Neal Carter on Ag Biotech: It’s Not An Experiment Anymore

Neal Carter on Ag Biotech: It's Not An Experiment Anymore

BIO International Convention attendees filled the Food & Agriculture Pavilion on the Show Floor Wednesday to hear Dr. Neal Carter of Okanagan Specialty Fruits give a presentation he delivered at a TEDx event last October in Penticton, BC on the value of biotechnology in agriculture. Okanagan Specialty Fruits has developed a non-browning apple known as the Arctic Apple  - just one of the many examples of ways biotechnology is improving agriculture. After spending many years as a farmer in Read More >

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