Author Archive: Colleen Lerro

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

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Ag Biotech: Going on the Offense

Ag Biotech: Going on the Offense

On Wednesday at the BIO International Convention a panel called “Going on the Offense: Proactive Strategies to Reduce Uncertainty” focused on challenges facing agricultural biotech in the social media and regulatory worlds. Moderated by Peter Whitfield of Baker Hostetler, the panelists included David Bartlett of Levick and Geri Edens and Christopher Marraro, both of Baker Hostetler. Peter opened up the discussion by involving the audience in an interactive poll to determine their willingness to eat Read More >

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Panelists Talk GMOs at BIO Convention

Panelists Talk GMOs at BIO Convention

On Monday at BIO’s International Convention, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA®) hosted The Food Dialogues: Chicago, bringing together farmers, industry experts, scientists, pundits, media and consumers with varying perspectives. The panel called “The Straight Story on Biotech In Agriculture: The Media and its Impact on Consumers” featured moderator Ron Insana, CNCB and financial industry expert. Opening remarks from Congressman Rodney Davis (Ill.) and Robert Flider, director of Illinois Department of Agriculture set the Read More >

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Jay Keasling Wins BIO’s George Washington Carver Award

Carver Award

BIO announced today that it will honor Jay Keasling, a professor of biochemical engineering at University of California, Berkley; associate laboratory director at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; CEO of the Joint BioEnergy Institute; and Director of Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center, as the recipient of its 2013 George Washington Carver Award for innovation in industrial biotechnology. The award honors the vision of Carver, an originator of the “chemurgy” movement who, more than a century ago, achieved world Read More >

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Diverse Panel Announced for Straight Story on Ag Biotech Discussion

Diverse Panel Announced for Straight Story on Ag Biotech Discussion

Next week as the BIO International Convention comes to Chicago, centered in America’s heartland where food commodities are exchanged and philosophies about agricultural production are debated, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA®) will host The Food Dialogues, which bring together farmers, industry experts, scientists, pundits, media and consumers with varying perspectives. The Food Dialogues: Chicago panel on April 22 at the BIO Convention is called, “The Straight Story on Biotech In Agriculture: The Media and its Read More >

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Biotechnology: Improving Your Life

Moving Inside the Beltway: Brief Health Roundup

The World Economic Forum released a list of 10 ways biotechnology can improve your life. Experts from their Council on Biotechnology selected the 10 which they believe could help increase productivity and drive job creation in addition to meeting the world’s rapidly growing demand for energy, food and healthcare. The list is filled with developments related to industrial and environmental biotech including bioproduction of sustainable chemicals, energy and other materials. Through biotechnology, living organisms, such Read More >

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