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Bio-fueling the Navy

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The research component is anchored by the renowned biotech programs at University of California San Diego (UCSD), the Salk Institute and Scripps Research, which make San Diego a hotbed of biotech innovation. These institutions concentrate biologists, biotech scientists, engineers, and specialists, who in turn attract the entrepreneurs that help convert the research into products and companies. However, it also takes real marketplace demand—often led by a few significant “early adopters”—to put a new technology to Read More >

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Richard Branson’s Biofuel Enthusiasm

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The serial entrepreneur believes in investing in many alternative sources of energy including biofuels. Legendary entrepreneur/business leader Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson is known for pushing the envelope with his Virgin Group. More than 400 companies exist under the moniker, the most well-known including the Virgin Records music label, the American airline Virgin America, cell phone provider Virgin Mobile, and Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline. Branson’s initiatives toward environmental sustainability and climate change Read More >

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Grow it Here, Make it Here, Create Jobs

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Stephen Rapundalo, PhD, president and CEO of MichBio, and Pete Pellerito, senior policy consultant at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), submitted a great op-ed to The Hill which highlighted the Farm Bill Energy Title Programs. In Grow it Here, Make it Here, and Create Jobs, Rapundalo and Pellerito argued how the United States should “combine its strengths in agriculture and manufacturing and leverage them with new technology, such as biotechnology, to grow our economy and jobs”: “That Read More >

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RFS: Shifting Focus on to Climate Change

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Dueling studies highlight focus on climate impacts of renewable fuel standard. In a recent ClimateWire piece, Environment & Energy reporters Tiffany Stecker and Julia Pyper, highlighted two opposing stances on whether or not biofuels contribute to the increase of greenhouse gas emissions. The Environmental Working Group released a study late June that found U.S. EPA’s proposed cut in the amount of ethanol would “prevent 3 million tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere — the Read More >

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There’s Biotechnology in Soap? Should I Be Worried?

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On May 30th, 2014 the New York Times released an article entitled “Companies Quietly Apply Biofuel Tools to Household Products.” This title is intentionally alarming to readers because it sounds like biotech companies are secretly sneaking genetic strains into everyday consumer products. But this is even more alarming to BIO because the author failed to do her homework on how the science works.  BIO has for years been touting the fact that biotechnology applications are Read More >

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