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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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BIO Members Receive 2014 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award

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Today, BIO announced that two of its member companies, Amyris and Solazyme, Inc., have received awards in the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge for industrial biotechnology applications that produce farnesene and algae oils. Green Chemistry or sustainable chemistry aims to design and produce cost-competitive chemical products and processes that reduce pollution at the source.  Specifically, it minimizes or eliminates the hazards of chemical feedstocks, reagents, solvents, and products.   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes that industrial Read More >

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USDA Illuminates the Economic Benefits of Moving Toward a Biobased Economy

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“A bioeconomy is one based on the use of research and innovation in the biological sciences to create economic activity and public benefit.” - White House (2012) The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)  Secretary Tom Vilsack has recently announced the release of a comprehensive report synthesizing current literature that explores opportunities in the emerging bioeconomy.  The report, entitled Why Biobased?, was created by the USDA as a precursor for a more comprehensive economic study to be released in the coming months by the USDA BioPreferred Read More >

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BIO’s 2014 Pacific Rim Summit Programming Will Put India in the Spotlight

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In a recent article, The Hindu argues why India needs to start expanding its foot print in the rapidly advancing field of Synthetic Biology. G. Padmanaban explains that Synthetic Biology has garnered so much “hype” because scientists are looking for better ways to construct new organisms performing unique functions such as processing signals, storing information and carrying out analogue functions. That being said, the growth of Synthetic Biology is still being met with some roadblocks in India: “MNCs Read More >

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