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Risks and Benefits from Synbio Processes

Molecules

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!

Jonathan S. Wolfson

“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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CNBC Commentary: Hedge funds, ‘reverse trolls’ crushing biopharma innovation

Vote No on HR 9

Patents are the lifeblood of medical innovation. They are the cornerstone that enables companies to perform the long and costly research and development for cures and therapies to combat devastating diseases such as cancer, HIV and Alzheimer’s. Unfortunately, the system that helps protect these innovations is being abused by outside interests. BIO and others have called upon Congress to fix these problems as part of a greater patent reform debate. Today one more voice joined Read More >

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Creating Biotech Crops 101

Creating Biotech Seeds

The birth of biotechnology did not begin with the discovery of recombination, nor genes; we have actually been relying on it for thousands of years in agriculture. It all started with a question: Which crops are the best and how can we get more of them? Ancient farmers took the best crops and continued to produce them after every harvest; they did not have a scientific term to describe their actions, but they were essentially Read More >

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