Author Archive: Paulina Ibarra

Paulina was the director of web and new media communications with the Biotechnology Industry Organization from October 2010 - June 2013.

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FDA Sets VMAC Meeting to Consider Genetically Engineered Salmon

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today it will convene its Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee (VMAC) to consider a salmon that has been genetically engineered to reach its market weight in half the time of conventionally raised salmon.  The VMAC meeting, part of a rigorous regulatory process required to assess such technologies before being approved for commercialization is scheduled for September 19-20.  At this meeting, the Committee will hear from independent experts about Read More >

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Biotech Livestock Come of Age at BIO’s Livestock Biotech Summit

The genetic engineering of animals can produce animals that are resistant to deadly diseases, reduce their carbon footprint, and produce proteins used in human pharmaceuticals and other health therapies.  The field, still in its early stages a few years ago, has undergone some dramatic changes in the last several years. For example, in June 2008, BIO released a report at its International Convention.  The report, Genetically Engineered Animals and Public Health – Compelling Benefits for Read More >

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Algae-Based Biofuels

Last week the Triplepundit wrote a post called, Breaking the Cost Barrier on Algae-based Biofuels.  The piece noted that the technology was promising and then provided a summary of where things are today And just where are things?  Today biofuel companies are currently seeking to scale the commercial production of algae and are pursuing several engineering approaches to the design of an economical system for growing algae. The industry is also investigating use of closed Read More >

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Sowing the Seeds of Discontent

Jan McGirk’s recent story in the Huffington Post about GM corn in Mexico does little more than fan the flames of fear regarding GM crops. What, you might ask is the problem with this story?  Unfortunately, McGirk didn’t talk with either of the manufacturers of the GM Mexican corn.  This is certainly not an example of fair and balanced journalism.  So let’s set the story straight. Agricultural biotechnology is a science that allows plant breeders Read More >

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Where is BIO: Amy Ehlers, Advanced Biofuels Technology Trends and Policy Opportunities

Last week, Amy Ehlers, Policy Manager in BIO’s Industrial and Environmental Section, gave a presentation in the Sustainability and the Environment track at the 2010 DOE Biomass Conference in Washington, DC. The title of the panel was: A look at the effect of Federal climate change legislation on the bioenergy sector and the title of her presentation was: Advanced Biofuels Technology Trends and Policy Opportunities. The session was moderated by Liz Marshall, Resource Economist, Biofuels Read More >

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