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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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BIO Announces New Award to Honor Women in the Field Of Industrial Biotechnology

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BIO recently announced the creation of the BIO Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology. This award will be presented to an outstanding woman in the industrial biotechnology sector who has made significant contributions to the advancement of the biobased economy and biotech innovation. The winner will be awarded this honor at the 2014 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotech & Bioenergy, to be held December 7-9, 2014 in San Diego, California. The award is Read More >

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Emmetsburg Turns Out for Grand Opening of Project Liberty

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On Sept. 3, 2014, I joined hundreds of attendees celebrating the opening of POET-DSM’s $275 million cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa. Project Liberty is the first plant developed out of a joint venture between Royal DSM and Sioux Falls-based POET. POET-DSM hosted a well-deserved celebration of their technological and engineering achievement. The theme of the event, appropriately, was making cellulosic biofuels – once considered a fantasy – a reality. High-level guests speaking at the Read More >

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Misinformation Is Poisoning the Environment for Synthetic Biology

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Friends of the Earth, Center for Food Safety and the ETC Group (or Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration) have launched a campaign to frighten consumers and consumer product companies about synthetic biology. The groups are following a well-worn campaign formula, threatening individual consumer product companies with boycotts to force them to abandon biotechnology. The groups’ campaign has resulted in some inconsistent advice for consumers. Friends of the Earth recently advocated the use of palm oil in Read More >

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