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Watch-Out Tech Industry, Biotech is on the Rise in San Francisco

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When thinking about the industries that make up San Francisco’s vibrant economy, biopharma is often overshadowed by the Bay Area’s reputation as a tech hotspot. But in reality, health care outpaced the tech sector in 2014 by generating over $28 billion in economic activity and employing over 20% of SanFrancisco workers. The Bay Area is a hub of innovation for growing biotechs looking to connect with the right investors, which is why BIO chose to Read More >

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Synthetic Biology Products: Cost Competitive and Performance Driven

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The Monday morning BIO World Congress session, commanded an overcrowded and enthusiastic attendance, and one of the few times where presentations involved the importance of synthetic biology technology for the production of consumer products, which drew more attention than ever before. The session was kicked off by the CEO of Modular Genetics, Kevin Jarrell, who spoke about the production of glycinate an ultra-mild surfactant made by using engineered microorganism which converted underutilized agricultural waste material into useful renewable chemicals found Read More >

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Algae and cow cells: BIO members using plants, animals in new ways

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Sara Wyant, Editor/Publisher at Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc. attended the 2015 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and wrote a great piece highlighting the conference: * * * Algae and leaf-based oils for food and fuel, meat without slaughter, and healthy sugar are all part of the not-so-distant future envisioned at the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s (BIO’s) World Congress in Montreal this week. “Our world needs what we in this room are doing,” Jonathan Wolfson, CEO of Read More >

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BIO World Congress GreenTech Investor Sessions

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On Monday, July 20, the GreenTech Investor Sessions took place at the at the BIO World Congress. Eleven companies made formal, 15-minute presentations on their technology development and business models to an audience of elite investors, analysts, and conference attendees. These companies were chosen to present by an external advisory panel of investors following an application and selection process. The top eleven companies included: Forelight has developed a patented photosynthetic growth platform that provides highly Read More >

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Congress, Media Focused on Biotech Food Labeling

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Media coverage of the biotech food labeling debate is at a fever pitch as the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (H.R. 1599) is poised to see action on the floor of the House of Representatives this week. Among the highlights: Charles Conner, former United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture and current president and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives wrote an op-ed in RollCall: GMOs have been around for decades, helping farmers Read More >

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