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LanzaTech CEO Holmgren Selected to receive the 2015 BIO Rosalind Franklin Award

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BIO announced today that Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, Chief Executive Officer of the innovative carbon recycling company LanzaTech, has been selected by a committee of her peers to be the recipient of the 2015 BIO Rosalind Franklin Award. The Rosalind Franklin Award was established by BIO to honor an outstanding woman in the field of industrial biotechnology. ”To be honored in this way is incredibly humbling for me,” said Dr. Holmgren. “Throughout my career, I’ve been Read More >

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Tick Size Pilot Program: A Few Pennies Make a Big Difference


Earlier this week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved a tick size pilot program that will begin next year. We issued this statement, praising the SEC for finalizing this program, which could improve liquidity and enhance capital formation for emerging biotech companies. Under current SEC rules, all securities on the public market are priced in $0.01 increments known as “tick sizes.” The switch to the standard tick size of a penny was enacted in 2000 Read More >

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Give Your Mom a Color-Changing Petunia for Mother’s Day!


Nikolai Braun and Keira Havens of Revolution Bioengineering have figured out a way to genetically engineer certain flowers to cause them to transition from one color to another. Together, they’ve created a new breed of petunia that can change from white to red, and back again, whenever you want. Here is how the science behind the color-changing flower works: “Most flower color is the result of anthocyanins, small molecules naturally produced in large quantities by a biosynthetic pathway. In Read More >

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Let’s Make Food Issues Real


New York Times editor Mark Bittman recently published an impressive op-ed discussing the current food movement and his thoughts on which issues about food are truly worth debating over. This opinion piece came at a great time as Panera recently announced that it will drop artificial ingredients from its pantry along with the popular fast food chain Chipotle’s news that it has successfully eliminated all GMO ingredients from foods served in its U.S. restaurants. “There is some talk about the food movement’s winning. I’m Read More >

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GM Crops Help Ensure Global Food Security Through Higher Crop Yields

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Today, BIO announced that PG Economics has released its report  “GM Crops: Global Socio-Economic and Environmental Impacts 1996-2013.” According to the report the economic benefits for farmers who use genetically modified (GM) seeds amounted to an average of more than $122/hectare in 2013. “In 2013, the 18th year of widespread adoption of crops using biotechnology innovations, the technology has continued to provide more productive agriculture, higher incomes to farmers and a better environment for citizens. A majority Read More >

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