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Roundtable Discussion Highlights Innovation, Commercial Reality for Renewable Chemical Products

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Last week BIO brought together representatives from five renewable chemical companies that will be speaking at BIO’s World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology next month in Montreal for a roundtable discussion highlighting developments in the renewable chemical space. Bioformix, Itaconix, Newlight Technologies, Solegear and CO2 Solutions are all in the early stages of commercializing innovative renewable chemical products making it a very exciting time for the industry. “Renewable chemicals can already compete on cost with petroleum Read More >

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Bringing Biotech to Boats at BIO World Congress

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At the 2013 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in Montreal next month you’ll be able to see a Campion boat on the exhibit show floor. “What will a boat be doing on the show floor of an industrial biotech conference?” you may ask. Well, this isn’t just any boat. Two companies, Ashland and Campion, have teamed up to build better boats with bio-resins. Ashland is a specialty chemicals company that believes in the power of chemistry Read More >

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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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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

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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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