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Record Attendance and Industry Optimism as BIO’s World Congress Wraps Up

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It was a record-breaking BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotech as 1,200 participants from 35 countries attended the event in Montreal. Attendees of the world’s largest industrial biotechnology event for business leaders, investors and policy makers in biofuels, biobased products and renewable chemicals were treated to plenary and breakout sessions featuring key thought leaders, specialized workshops, clean tech investor sessions, BIO One-on-One business partnering meetings, a packed exhibit hall, networking receptions and more. The final Read More >

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Reimbursement Cuts Jeopardize Public Health

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Just this month physicians who administer lifesaving therapies in their offices are seeing their reimbursements cut due to the sequestration.  That’s because while some government spending was exempted from the sequestration, reimbursements under Medicare Part B were not. And yet, some continue to call for additional cuts to this important program, where some of the sickest patients receive their therapies under the administration of a physician.  Additional cuts to Medicare Part B would have a Read More >

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World Food Prize Honors Ag Biotech Pioneers

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A trio of scientists specializing in agricultural biotechnology will receive the 2013 World Food Prize, Secretary of State John Kerry announced today. Mary-Dell Chilton, Robert T. Fraley and Marc Van Montagu, all pioneers in the science of agricultural biotechnology, have helped lead a global agricultural transformation through scientific research and advocacy for modern farming practices. “These individuals have dedicated their lives to scientific discovery and feeding the world,” said BIO president and CEO Jim Greenwood.  Read More >

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Commercialization, Collaboration Mark Day Two at BIO’s World Congress

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Several companies made announcements yesterday during BIO’s 10th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotech showcasing industry collaboration and commercial production. During a morning breakout session, Direct Conversion of Methane to Higher Value Products Using Biological Systems, Josh Silverman of Calysta Energy shared the company’s announcement to partner with NatureWorks for a research and development collaboration to convert methane into lactic acid – a building block for bioplastics.  Josh called the partnership a great fit for Read More >

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Building a Supply Chain to Go From Seed to Sky

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Several workshops took place at BIO’s World Congress today including Building the Aviation Biofuels Supply Chain Network. The workshops are designed for specific and focused discussions on business or technical information and this one looked at Agrisoma as a case study for building an aviation supply chain network. Agrisoma is working to ensure the delivery of a viable petroleum replacement by leading activities across the energy feedstock value chain. A major milestone was reached on Read More >

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