Author Archive: Colleen Lerro

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

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Poster Session at BIO’s World Congress Showcases Cutting Edge Research

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BIO’s 10th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology taking place this June in Montreal will feature a poster session highlighting cutting edge research in industrial biotech. Professors, students, scientists and industry reps are all encouraged to submit posters detailing their research that could lead to the next big breakthrough. Numerous poster submissions have already come in and it’s looking to be a banner year in research. One poster describes a novel pretreatment process using oxalic acid Read More >

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All I Want for Christmas is Jobs and National Security

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The U.S. military is making strides toward reducing its dependence on foreign oil by increasing its use of renewable energy such as advanced biofuels. The Air Force wants to use alternative aviation fuels for 50 percent of its domestic aviation needs by 2016, and the Navy plans to use alternative energy sources to meet 50 percent of its energy needs by 2020. Why is this so important to the military and our country? For every Read More >

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Flight Flies on 100 Percent Biofuels

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This week saw the first-ever completely biofuel-powered flight take place. The National Research Council of Canada conducted the first flight on 100 percent renewable, drop-in biofuel on its Falcon 20 jet, according to oilprice.com, marking a huge milestone for the aviation and renewable energy industries. Oilseed crops commercialized by Agrisoma were used as a feedstock and transformed by Applied Research Associates into a complete replacement fuel for conventional jet fuel. Previously, flights on biofuels had Read More >

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Renewable Chemicals Helping to Build the Biobased Economy

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“The future is now and it is here,” said Pramod Chaudhari, executive chairman of Praj Industries. “Each one of us is making the effort and pushing the envelope to create a new biobased economy.” Chaudhari discussed efforts to find renewable chemicals that can replace petroleum along with other panelists at BIO’s Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy plenary session, Biotechnology and Renewable Chemicals: The Future is Now. The panelists talked about using renewable Read More >

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The Synthetic Biology Pathway to Innovation in Fuels and Chemicals

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Rob Carlson a principle at Biodesic, an engineering, consulting, and design firm in Seattle moderated a plenary session focused on synthetic biology at BIO’s Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy. The panel, Status Report: The Synthetic Biology Pathway to Innovation in Fuels and Chemicals, consisted of scientists from both the biotechnology industry and academia expressing their views on the importance of synthetic biology and discussing how the technology has evolved over time. Todd Read More >

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