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EPA Announces the 2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award Winners!

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Since 1996, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized landmark green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that turn climate change and other environmental problems into innovative business opportunities. Known as the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge, each year the EPA honors winners whose chemical technologies incorporate the principles of green chemistry into chemical design, manufacture, and use. EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention sponsors the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards in partnership with the American Chemical Society Green Read More >

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Synthetic Biology Expands Its Tool Kit

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Blogging on today’s Synthetic Biology “Tools of the Trade” session at the BIO International Convention is a little bit like competing in the All-England Summarize Proust Competition. But here goes. The synthetic biology field is predicated on the design, build, test, learn cycle. And each of the companies in today’s session has developed a new tool within that cycle. Transcriptic, for instance, has developed a tool that enables reproducible experiments by automating the build function Read More >

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Governor of Iowa Kicks Off #BIO2016 Biofuels and Renewable Chemicals Track

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On Monday, June 7, 2016, The Honorable Terry Branstad, Governor of Iowa, provided welcoming remarks to the #BIO2016 attendees participating in the Biofuels and Renewable Chemicals Track Sessions.  Governor Branstad is not only the longest serving governor in American history but he was Iowa’s longest-serving governor, from 1983 to 1999. As the state’s chief executive, he endured some of Iowa’s worst economic turmoil, during the farm crisis of the ‘80s, while helping lead the state’s resurgence to a booming economy Read More >

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#BIO2016: Establishing a Biobased Economy Value Chain for Brand Owners

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Imagine establishing a biobased economy value chain for high value renewable chemicals going commercial in a synergistic pathway. On Tuesday, June 07, 2016, panelists described their technologies and roles in creating a biobased economy value chain during the “Establishing a Renewable Chemicals Biobased Economy Value Chain for Brand Owners” Session. Moderated by Brian Baynes, CEO of Joule Unlimited, the panel included Neil Goldsmith, CEO of Evolva, José M. Laplaza, Ph.D., Vice President of Development at Verdezyne, and Christophe Schilling, CEO of Read More >

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Incentivizing Exponential Approaches to Energy and Climate

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Biotech may be the 21st century’s greatest opportunity. Climate change and energy transformation may be its greatest challenge. The NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE intends to bring the opportunity of biotech to this challenge—it is a call to action to all scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and innovators to demonstrate and inspire a path to a better energy future. Biotech is rapidly blurring the lines between the impossible and the possible. The exponential pace of technological advances makes Read More >

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