Author Archive: Paul Winters

Paul Winters

Paul is a communications director for BIO. An alumnus of UCLA and the University of California Davis, he moved to Washington, DC, in 2000.

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Biotech Companies Find Solutions through Synthetic Biology

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Several small companies presented their business models and milestones in the New and Innovative Technological Advances breakout session during the opening day of BIO’s World Congress. Each of the companies started out seeking an alternative to petroleum as a raw material for plastics and other polymers used in everyday household products. Additionally, these companies were united in finding unique solutions to scientific challenges through synthetic biology approaches. Eric Althoff, CBO of ten-year-old Arzeda, described his Read More >

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Environmental Group Praises the Carbon Benefits of Gasoline

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Groundhog Day arrived ahead of schedule this year, as the World Resources Institute launched its annual attack on biofuels. But the yearly ritual took on a tinge of April Fools’ Day as the environmental group oddly advocated that the U.S. firmly establish the blend wall in regulatory rules and thereby guarantee fossil fuels a 90 percent share of the gasoline market. The institute released a “new” report titled “Avoiding Bioenergy Competition for Food Crops and Read More >

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Emmetsburg Turns Out for Grand Opening of Project Liberty

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On Sept. 3, 2014, I joined hundreds of attendees celebrating the opening of POET-DSM’s $275 million cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa. Project Liberty is the first plant developed out of a joint venture between Royal DSM and Sioux Falls-based POET. POET-DSM hosted a well-deserved celebration of their technological and engineering achievement. The theme of the event, appropriately, was making cellulosic biofuels – once considered a fantasy – a reality. High-level guests speaking at the Read More >

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Misinformation Is Poisoning the Environment for Synthetic Biology

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Friends of the Earth, Center for Food Safety and the ETC Group (or Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration) have launched a campaign to frighten consumers and consumer product companies about synthetic biology. The groups are following a well-worn campaign formula, threatening individual consumer product companies with boycotts to force them to abandon biotechnology. The groups’ campaign has resulted in some inconsistent advice for consumers. Friends of the Earth recently advocated the use of palm oil in Read More >

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DOE Biomass 2014 Conference Highlights Renewable Chemicals

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This week, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) hosted its seventh annual conference—Biomass 2014: Growing the Future Bioeconomy, focusing on innovative technologies, financing strategies, and public policies needed to grow the bioeconomy. Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial and Environmental Section, spoke at a Plenary Session titled Policy Challenges and Opportunities for Growing the Bioeconomy, at which the head’s of several Washington trade groups discussed meeting the challenges and leveraging opportunities that Read More >

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