Author Archive: Colleen Lerro

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

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Flying Green: Spotlight on Aviation Biofuels

Aviation Biofuel

BIO’s Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy kicked off it’s Thursday programming with a plenary session called Flying Green: Why Airlines See a Bright Future in Biofuels. Moderator Ross MacFarlane of Climate Solutions set the stage calling the issue of creating sustainable, low carbon alternatives to fossil fuels one of the biggest challenges for the next era of flight. MacFarlane cited cost, conflict and climate as the three main drivers for aviation biofuels. Read More >

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“Approval of Foods from Genetically Modified Animals is Unjustifiably Slow”

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The Los Angeles Times reported on concerns within the U.S. animal biotech industry and the chilling effect that will result if the government continues to turn its back on technologies in the pipeline. If the political process doesn’t allow the science-based regulatory process to work, we risk losing out on the benefits of this dynamic industry to other countries that are encouraging research and investment in this area. Rosie Mestel of the Los Angeles Times Read More >

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BIO’s Pacific Rim Summit to Focus on Building the Biobased Economy

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BIO’s 2012 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy comes to Vancouver, Canada next week, October 9-12. Now in its 7th year, the Summit will explore the latest issues in industrial biotechnology, including algae, advanced biofuels, biopolymers and bioplastics, dedicated energy crops, green chemistry, and synthetic biology. “We are excited to bring this conference to Vancouver to highlight the industry’s growth, particularly in Canada,” said Brent Erickson, executive vice president for BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Read More >

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Opportunities in Agriculture

Dr. Jon Hagler

Dr. Jon Hagler, the Missouri Director of Agriculture, spoke recently at BIO’s Livestock Biotech Summit about our country – and the world – being on the precipice of some unprecedented opportunities in agriculture. As Missouri’s agriculture leader, Hagler has raised ag’s profile by emphasizing the importance of this industry and ag-related jobs to the state’s overall economy and its relevance to every consumer. Hagler said that with a population of 9 billion expected by 2050, Read More >

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Playing Politics: Political Pitfalls for Animal Biotechnology

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This year’s BIO Livestock Biotech Summit featured a session called Political Pitfalls for Animal Biotechnology. Moderator Dr. Cathleen Enright, BIO’s Executive Vice President of Food & Agriculture, told attendees that the biotech industry needs to tell our story and acknowledge the political factors that we face in order to drive innovation and bring new products to the marketplace. “We must be able to trade products containing or derived from a new technology or that technology Read More >

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