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Recap: “Optimizing Waste Feedstocks to Advance the Bioeconomy”

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On Monday, December 8, BIO’s Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy held a Track Session titled “Optimizing Waste Feedstocks to Advance the Bioeconomy.”  This session was one of the many unique sessions included in the Feedstock Production and Utilization Track.  Tim Cesarek of Enerkem moderated the session and panelists included Tim Hitchman, DSM, Mohamed Leila, McGill, and Brittany Syz, Oberon Fuels, Inc. Tim Cesarek, head of business development at Enerkem spoke on how the company’s plant in Edmonton, Alberta Read More >

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Converting GHG’s to Achieving a Fuel and Climate Solution

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During the Advanced Biofuels and Biorefinery Platforms breakout session at the BIO Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy attendees had the opportunity to learn more about converting greenhouse gases (GHG) to achieving a fuel and climate solution. Richard Altman, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI), started off the session with focusing on how to achieve aviation carbon neutral growth by 2020 via sustainable biofuels. CAAFI is working to meet this goal through the Read More >

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BIO and Affiliates Highlight the Growing Biorenewables Sector in California

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In 2013, California’s life science industry created almost $259 billion in economic activity for the state. The biorenewables sector was instrumental in generating this growth, creating high-paying jobs and attractive economic opportunities for investors.  In a recent release, BIO and its California state affiliates, BayBio and Biocom, highlighted how the biorenewbales sector have helped grow California’s bioeconomy: “California’s flourishing industrial biotech sector makes the region an ideal location to hold discussions about the future of the Read More >

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CA Scientist Receives First BIO Rosalind Franklin Award

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BIO has announced Dr. Debbie Yaver, Director, Expression Technology, Genomics and Bioinformatics at Novozymes, as the recipient of the first annual Rosalind Franklin Award for leadership in industrial biotechnology.  The Rosalind Franklin Award is a newly established annual award to honor an outstanding woman in the field of industrial biotechnology and bioprocessing.  With the support of the Rosalind Franklin Society, BIO will present Dr. Yaver with the BIO Rosalind Franklin Award for leadership in Industrial Biotechnology Read More >

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BIO Member Company Achieves Significant Milestone in Advanced Biofuel Technology

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On Friday, October 17, 2014, Abengoa Bioenergy opened its 25-million gallon per year cellulosic ethanol biorefinery in Hugoton, Kansas.  Abengoa completed the construction of its facility in mid-August and began producing cellulosic ethanol at the end of September. The plant produces up to 25 million gallons a year using only raw biomass “second generation” for the production of ethanol, ie residues of agricultural crops and inedible stems and leaves that do not compete with grain for feed materials. Through Read More >

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