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Jennifer Holmgren Honored for Leadership – Presented BIO Rosalind Franklin Award

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Rosalind Franklin’s use of X-ray diffraction images led to the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA in 1953. Her work was published alongside, but not recognized as a contributing factor to, Francis Crick’s and James Watson’s model of the structure of DNA. BIO’s 2015 Rosalind Franklin Award, sponsored by the Rosalind Franklin Society, is a way to honor Rosalind Franklin’s discoveries by awarding it to a woman who exemplifies her leadership and pioneering 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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Risks and Benefits from Synbio Processes

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At this Wednesday morning BIO World Congress session, Thomas Ishoey, VP at Synthetic Genomics gave an overview of applying synthetic biology towards the development of proprietary synthetic routes, and key genes/pathways for strain development of enzymes and renewable chemicals. The benefits include, creating proprietary pathways and discovery and engineering of new to the world molecules, their activities and allowing scalable, robust routes, and cost parity to incumbent technologies. Some challenges mentioned were based on aerobic metabolism, low biomass 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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Jonathan Wolfson Receives the George Washington Carver Award!

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“What is possible, is far more than what people think.” – Wolfson On Monday at the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, Jonathan S. Wolfson, Chief Executive Officer of Solazyme, received BIO’s George Washington Carver Award. The Award was given during the Lunch Plenary Session titled State and Regional Approaches to Developing the Biobased Economy & George Washington Carver Award for Innovation in Industrial Biotechnology Presentation. The Governor of Iowa, Terry Branstad, and BIO’s Executive Read More >

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