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#BIOWC16: Guarding against new threats to intellectual property protection

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As part of the first full day of the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, BIO put on an engaging breakout panel discussion — sponsored by BIO member Intrexon — entitled “What Is Required to Protect Research and Innovation in Industrial Biotechnology?”  If you missed the panel, you can check out the speakers’ slides at the bottom of this blog post! The four panelists were all highly accomplished experts: Donna Perdue, of Perdue IP Law, Read More >

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#BIOWC16 Workshop: BASF and Avantium Joint Venture to Lead in the Production of FDCA and PEF

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On Day 3 of the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, BIO hosted a Workshop titled “BASF and Avantium Joint Venture: Global Market and Technology Leadership on FDCA and PEF.” BASF and Avantium have recently announced their joint venture for the production and commercialization of furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) and polyethylenefuranoate (PEF). FDCA is one of the most promising biobased building blocks with multiple applications. Avantium has developed a proprietary catalytic process to convert biomass into FDCA economically. The Read More >

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#BIOWC16 Plenary: Overcoming Challenges to Biorefinery Scale Up

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On Monday, April 18, 2016, BIO held its second Plenary Session at the 2016 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology. Titled “Overcoming Challenges to Biorefinery Scale Up,” panelists explored exactly what is needed to ensure the successful scale up of a commercial scale industrial biotechnology process. Moderated by Dan Cummings, Chief Executive Officer of Guidewire Strategies, the panel consisted of  Anthony Bresin, Chief Scientific Officer, ARD; Jeff Lievense, Senior Engineering Fellow, Genomatica; Wayne Wajciechowski, Business Development Read More >

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GreenTech Investor Sessions at the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology

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Kicking off the first full day of programming at the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, the GreenTech Investor Sessions took place on Monday, April 18 in San Diego, CA. Selected by an external Investor Advisory Panel, nine innovative companies shared their new technologies and value proposition in 15-minute presentations to an elite audience of investors, analysts, and conference attendees. The selected nine companies included: Deinove is a cleantech company that designs, develops and markets Read More >

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#BIOWC16: “Building Aromaticity in Renewable Chemicals”

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The presentations were interesting, which was followed by discussions from all of the speakers who are working in building aromatic molecules.  DuPont and ADM are in partnership to produce Furan Dicarboxylic Methyl Ester (FDME) from fructose using a new process.  The monomer FDME can be polymerized with 1,3- propanediol, (Bio-PDO™), and the resulting synthetic polymer has some very unique properties. Complementing the DuPont presentation, Len Rand the President and CEO of xF Technologies described the Read More >

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