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RFS Under Fire: History, Significance and Current Issues

RFS Under Fire: History, Significance and Current Issues

Unquestionably, the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is the most important policy affecting the U.S. biofuels industry. It supports the market for first-generation biofuels, creates the market for second-generation biofuels and it is vital to boosting the nation’s reliance on advanced biofuels from non-food-related feedstocks. This pivotal policy, however, has vocal opponents who have filed lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), held Congressional hearings and formed stakeholder coalitions. On Wednesday, BIO ’ s International Convention featured Read More >

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Biotechnology Helps Meet Consumer Demand for Earth-Friendly Products

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Industrial biotechnology has its roots in cleaning up environmental hazards. In fact, the first patented genetically engineered microbe was designed to clean up oil spills. Today, biotechnology enables manufacturers to make sustainable products with renewable material, instead of oil, and to use less energy in the manufacturing process A recent Roundtable discussion hosted by the Industrial Biotechnology Journal and printed in its April edition features academic experts and executives from industrial biotechnology and consumer product Read More >

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Jay Keasling Wins BIO’s George Washington Carver Award

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BIO announced today that it will honor Jay Keasling, a professor of biochemical engineering at University of California, Berkley; associate laboratory director at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; CEO of the Joint BioEnergy Institute; and Director of Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center, as the recipient of its 2013 George Washington Carver Award for innovation in industrial biotechnology. The award honors the vision of Carver, an originator of the “chemurgy” movement who, more than a century ago, achieved world Read More >

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Biotechnology: Improving Your Life

Moving Inside the Beltway: Brief Health Roundup

The World Economic Forum released a list of 10 ways biotechnology can improve your life. Experts from their Council on Biotechnology selected the 10 which they believe could help increase productivity and drive job creation in addition to meeting the world’s rapidly growing demand for energy, food and healthcare. The list is filled with developments related to industrial and environmental biotech including bioproduction of sustainable chemicals, energy and other materials. Through biotechnology, living organisms, such Read More >

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“The Technology is Here, It’s Ready”

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Last week the Milken Institute, a nonpartisan economic think tank, released a Financial Innovations Lab Report: Unleashing the Power of the Bio-Economy. The Milken Institute hosted a Financial Innovations Lab on industrial biotech in April of 2012 to explore ideas to spur the industry, bringing together leading scientists, senior government officials, industry executives, institutional investors and venture capitalists. Tremendous potential for economic and environmental benefits exist with using biobased chemicals instead of petrochemicals. Thanks to Read More >

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