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BIO CEO Lays out Vision for Future of Industrial Biotech

Jim Greenwood

During the opening plenary lunch at BIO’s World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of BIO, laid out a comprehensive state of the industry to a packed room of entrepreneurs, scientists, investors and business leaders from more than 35 countries. In his remarks, Greenwood talked about the important strides the industry has made. “Cellulosic and advanced biofuel companies are at a pivotal point in commercial development,” Greenwood said.  “In addition, we are Read More >

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Philadelphia Proclaims Energy Independence During BIO’s World Congress

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The BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology began in Philadelphia, with an expected 1,100 attendees from 35 countries coming to the city. The city provided a warm welcome to the attendees, declaring Monday May 12, 2014 “Energy Independence Day.” The official proclamation, signed by the Hon. Michael Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia, “urge[s] all citizens to be aware of the importance of sustainable energy,” and recognizes Novozymes, who, “with the help of biotechnology, has enabled the Read More >

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Nautilus v. Biosig, Baxter v. Fresenius and Limelight v. Akamai

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BIO weighed in on three Supreme Court cases in the last few months whose outcome could change the IP landscape for biotechnology companies. BIO’s amicus brief in Nautilus v. Biosig Instruments argues that the petitioner misrepresents the Federal Circuit’s definiteness test and seeks to litigate an issue not properly before this court.  Petitioner’s approach radically departs from established law and practice.  Finally the petitioner’s approach would destabilize the patent system as it would inject substantial Read More >

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Renewable Fuels Producers Speak Out to White House on Climate Change

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On Wednesday May 7, Fuels America sent a letter to the President Obama, urging the Administration to rethink its proposal to weaken the bipartisan Renewable Fuel Standard which is at odds with the White House’s National Climate Assessment. As part of the Fuels America coalition, BIO and a number of its member companies cosigned this letter highlighting the impact of reducing the Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) as proposed in the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) will have on Read More >

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How Mandatory GMO Labeling Became Law in Vermont

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Today, May 8, 2014, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin officially signed into law GMO labeling bill H. 112. This legislation requires certain products sold in the Vermont to be labeled if they are “partially produced with genetic engineering.” Enacted without any triggers, the law will automatically go into effect July 2016, making Vermont the first state to require labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). At the signing, a female speaker told the crowd that Read More >

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