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New Brazilian Biodiversity Law Provides Opportunities for Innovation

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Brazil has a large share of the world’s biodiversity, which can be better explored since the new Act. No 13.123/15, recently sanctioned by the President. This law implements measures that can contribute to greater access to Brazilian biodiversity and change the current scenario of innovation originated from natural products. Researchers from the main Brazilian research centers use different plant extracts aiming the identification of compounds with potential use in the pharmaceutical industry, cosmetics, agriculture, among Read More >

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Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Winners Attending the BIO 2015 World Congress

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Every year since 1996, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honors companies which use innovative efforts to tackle climate change with their Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge. This year two of the award recipients will be attending BIO’s 2015 World Congress! LanzaTech Inc. and Renmatix, both of which are BIO members, won awards for Greener Synthetic Pathways and Small Business, respectively. LanzaTech, based in Skokie, Illinois, was recognized for their Gas Fermentation Process which uses microbes Read More >

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2015 BIO World Congress Will Hold Workshops Focusing on Current Investment Trends

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BIO recently announced the schedule of workshops for the 2015 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology. These workshops are designed for focused discussions on the newest trends in business strategies, investment opportunities and technology development in industrial biotechnology. Brent Erickson, executive vice president for BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section argued that: “Government policies supporting the development of biomass and biobased products signals to private investors that there is a strong market for these products. The confluence of policy and Read More >

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The Last Thing Africa Needs to be Debating is GMOs

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The point I am about to make has been made before, but I like to take every opportunity when possible to make it again. Anti-biotechnology proponents have verbally stated that labeling foods made with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) is the first step. The next step for them is to get the technology banned all together. Many of these activists have the means to buy organic foods and foods labeled non-GMO verified. For the majority of the world, cost Read More >

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Solazyme CEO Jonathan S. Wolfson to Receive the 2015 BIO George Washington Carver Award

Jonathan S. Wolfson

In recent news, BIO has named Solazyme CEO and co-founder Jonathan S. Wolfson as the recipient of its 2015 George Washington Carver Award for innovation in industrial biotechnology. George Washington Carver was one of the founding fathers of the chemurgy movement, a branch of applied chemistry focused on manufacturing industrial products from raw agricultural materials. Industrial biotechnology is the modern-day equivalent of Carver’s vision for chemurgy, and the award honors individuals for carrying on Carver’s legacy. “I Read More >

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