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Incentivizing Exponential Approaches to Energy and Climate

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Biotech may be the 21st century’s greatest opportunity. Climate change and energy transformation may be its greatest challenge. The NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE intends to bring the opportunity of biotech to this challenge—it is a call to action to all scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and innovators to demonstrate and inspire a path to a better energy future. Biotech is rapidly blurring the lines between the impossible and the possible. The exponential pace of technological advances makes Read More >

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Developing Cost Competitive Biobased Aromatics

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More and more consumers are demanding sustainable plastics and greener personal and household care products. In order to meet this demand, one biotech startup, Anellotech, is focusing on producing cost-competitive renewable chemicals from non-food biomass. To meet this production, the company has developed an efficient and eco-friendly thermal catalytic process for converting non-food biomass into aromatics. These bio-based aromatics, chemically identical to petroleum-based aromatics, are used to make plastics such as polyester (polyethylene terephthalate or “PET”), polystyrene, polycarbonate, nylon Read More >

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Co-Optimized Fuel-Engine Systems to Transform Our Nation’s Vehicles

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The critical need to reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil and cut greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector has prompted great interest in the advancement of clean energy technologies. The President’s Climate Action Plan calls for the accelerated development of cost-competitive, advanced biofuels that will reduce the carbon footprint from transportation and for new fuel economy standards to reduce emissions and improve vehicle efficiency. Both goals present a significant challenge—but also great opportunity. Read More >

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BIO Rosalind Franklin Award Winner Provides Remarks at #BIOWC16

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President and CEO of NexSteppe Anna Rath was presented the 2016 BIO Rosalind Franklin Award at the 2016 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in San Diego on Tuesday April 19. BIO established the Rosalind Franklin Award to honor an outstanding woman in the field of industrial biotechnology and bioprocessing. Anna Rath delivered her acceptance remarks at this year’s Conference. BIO captured these remarks and provided some highlights below: …In receiving this award, I read up a bit on the life Read More >

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Integrating the Production of Biofuels and Bioproducts through Advanced Biotechnology

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The development of bio-based products (chemicals and materials) has quickly become one of the fastest-growing segments of the biotech industry and represents a significant opportunity to advance the emerging bioeconomy. Bioproducts can be made in a single-product process; however, the co-production of bioproducts alongside biofuels offers a more efficient, cost-effective, and integrated approach to the utilization of our nation’s biomass resources. Within the context of biofuel production, the biorefinery provides substantial opportunities to capitalize on Read More >

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