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PlantBottle Takes the Petroleum Out of Packaging

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Today’s breakout session at the 2012 BIO Convention, Petroleum, PET and PlantBottle – Reducing Dependence on Oil Imports for Plastics, featured Scott Vitters from the Coca Cola Company, Kieran Furlong of Virent and Bob Bernacki of Gevo. The three talked about PlantBottle, a commercial solution already on the market that reduces petroleum in plastic bottles and other PET products by 30 percent. Vitters said Coca Cola does not want to stop there so they are Read More >

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Michigan Event Promotes Positive Impacts From 2012 Farm Bill

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On Wednesday, BIO and MichBio co-hosted an event at the 2012 Mackinaw Policy Conference featuring Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.); Stephen Rapundalo, President and CEO of MichBio; Pete Pellerito, Senior Policy Consultant for BIO; and Marcos Dantus, co-founder of KTM Industries. Senator Stabenow announced new initiatives in the 2012 Farm Bill to advance Michigan’s emerging biobased manufacturing industry. The 2012 Farm Bill recently passed the Senate Agriculture Committee on a 16-5 vote. It supports emerging technologies Read More >

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Greenwood Tells House Ag Subcommittee: Farm Bill Energy Programs Are Working

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The Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry held its final hearing today on the 2012 Farm Bill. Testimony focused on Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill: Energy and Forestry Programs. BIO’s President & CEO Jim Greenwood joined the panel testifying about Farm Bill energy programs along with Ryan Stroschein, Agriculture Energy Coalition; Steve Reinford, Reinford Farms Inc.; Jerry Taylor, MFA Oil; and Gary Haer, National Biodiesel Board. “Farm Bill energy programs are working and BIO Read More >

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World Congress Wraps Up With Session on Demand for Biotech Products

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Throughout BIO’s 9th annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing various audiences were discussed including businesses, manufacturers, investors and government. The final plenary session took a look at customers. Melody Bomgardner of Chemical Engineering News moderated the panel, “What’s Driving Demand for Biotech Products: A Customer’s Perspective” that included executives from The Coca Cola Company, Goodyear Tire, United Airlines and Estee Lauder. Goodyear Tire is working with Genecor to produce high quality synthetic rubber Read More >

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A Look into the Future of Aviation Biofuels

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Energy security continues to be an important issue for the United States. Panelists on “The Future of Aviation Biofuels” breakout session at BIO’s World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioprocessing talked about biofuels promise to increase our nation’s energy security and reduce dependence on foreign oil. Representatives from the U.S. Department of the Navy, Agrisoma, Airlines for America and Honeywell UOP made up the panel. Moderator Don Schenk of ACA Associates called agriculture the foundation for green aviation and stressed the importance of sustainable, non-food Read More >

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