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Risks and Benefits from Synbio Processes

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At this Wednesday morning BIO World Congress session, Thomas Ishoey, VP at Synthetic Genomics gave an overview of applying synthetic biology towards the development of proprietary synthetic routes, and key genes/pathways for strain development of enzymes and renewable chemicals. The benefits include, creating proprietary pathways and discovery and engineering of new to the world molecules, their activities and allowing scalable, robust routes, and cost parity to incumbent technologies. Some challenges mentioned were based on aerobic metabolism, low biomass Read More >

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Algae and cow cells: BIO members using plants, animals in new ways

Algae oil into fuel

Sara Wyant, Editor/Publisher at Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc. attended the 2015 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and wrote a great piece highlighting the conference: * * * Algae and leaf-based oils for food and fuel, meat without slaughter, and healthy sugar are all part of the not-so-distant future envisioned at the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s (BIO’s) World Congress in Montreal this week. “Our world needs what we in this room are doing,” Jonathan Wolfson, CEO of Read More >

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Jonathan Wolfson Receives the George Washington Carver Award!

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“What is possible, is far more than what people think.” – Wolfson On Monday at the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, Jonathan S. Wolfson, Chief Executive Officer of Solazyme, received BIO’s George Washington Carver Award. The Award was given during the Lunch Plenary Session titled State and Regional Approaches to Developing the Biobased Economy & George Washington Carver Award for Innovation in Industrial Biotechnology Presentation. The Governor of Iowa, Terry Branstad, and BIO’s Executive Read More >

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BIO World Congress GreenTech Investor Sessions

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On Monday, July 20, the GreenTech Investor Sessions took place at the at the BIO World Congress. Eleven companies made formal, 15-minute presentations on their technology development and business models to an audience of elite investors, analysts, and conference attendees. These companies were chosen to present by an external advisory panel of investors following an application and selection process. The top eleven companies included: Forelight has developed a patented photosynthetic growth platform that provides highly Read More >

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Biobased Innovations for the Coming Decade

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Tuesday’s Breakfast Plenary Session at BIO World Congress was introduced by Rina Singh, Senior Director at BIO, who highlighted that BIO can help startups cut their cost of doing business through the BIO Business Solutions offered free to BIO members. This program offers discounted services such as office supplies and shipping. The plenary was sponsored by BASF. BASF are celebrating their 150th anniversary. Based in over 200 countries, BASF sees a number of key trends for the chemical Read More >

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