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World Congress Talks Renewable Chemicals, Honors Steen Riisgaard

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At BIO’s 9th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioprocessing, BIO awarded Steen Riisgaard, Novozymes President and CEO, with its 2012 George Washington Carver Award honoring the vision of Carver, an originator of the “chemurgy” movement who, more than a century ago, achieved world renown by combining agriculture and science to produce everyday biobased products, changing the nature of farm economics and sustainability. Industrial biotechnology is the modern-day equivalent, combining biotech innovations with renewable biomass to create solutions that can revitalize manufacturing Read More >

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A Look into the Future of Aviation Biofuels

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Energy security continues to be an important issue for the United States. Panelists on “The Future of Aviation Biofuels” breakout session at BIO’s World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioprocessing talked about biofuels promise to increase our nation’s energy security and reduce dependence on foreign oil. Representatives from the U.S. Department of the Navy, Agrisoma, Airlines for America and Honeywell UOP made up the panel. Moderator Don Schenk of ACA Associates called agriculture the foundation for green aviation and stressed the importance of sustainable, non-food Read More >

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BIO’s World Congress Session: Building a Biobased Economy

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In the wake of President Obama’s announcement last week of the new National Bioeconomy Blueprint, BIO’s World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing held a timely plenary session Monday focused on “Fostering a Biobased Economy”. Moderated by BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, panelists included Doug O’Brien, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); Valerie Sarisky-Reed, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE); Andrew Hagan, World Economic Forum; Philip New, BP Biofuels; and Roger Wyse, Burrill & Company. Greenwood compared the bioeconomy to a whole pie made up economic Read More >

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Biotech Patent Case Law Updates at the IPCC

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By John W. Cox, Counsel at Alston+Bird LLP The Spring 2012 BIO Intellectual Property Counsels’ Committee (IPCC) Conference, held in Austin, Texas, provided an excellent forum for intellectual property (IP) practitioners in the biotech industry to socialize, network, and participate in panel discussions focusing on the dynamic developments in the patent laws.  The conference began for the general participants over margaritas and Tex-Mex fare, where attendees were already discussing recent Supreme Court and Federal Circuit decisions Read More >

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National Infant Immunization Week, April 21-28

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Routine immunization of one birth cohort (i.e. people born in a particular year) during childhood prevents about 20 million cases of disease and 42,000 deaths in the U.S. These statistics are staggering, especially when we consider how far vaccinology and preventive medicine have come in such a short time period. Today, vaccines help protect children against 14 diseases before the age of two. Many diseases that parents once feared have been long forgotten. In the Read More >

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