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If Politics Trumps Science, Businesses Will Leave the U.S.

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The Anchorage Daily News ran an editorial authored by California Farmer and Alaska fisherman Ted Sheely about the still-pending approval of the genetically engineered salmon. Sheely says some politicians in Washington think they have identified a threat to the pristine Alaska wilderness. These members of Congress are trying to force the federal government to slow down or stop a technology company that has figured out a way to make salmon less expensive for ordinary consumers.  If they Read More >

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National Academies Rehashes Controversies Over RFS

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The National Academies this week released a Congressionally mandated study estimating the potential economic and environmental effects of producing the 36 billion gallons of biofuels required under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The conclusions of the report are 1) that cellulosic biofuels are highly unlikely to meet their mandate of 16 billion gallons by 2022 and 2) biofuels overall are unlikely to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as required. Because the report stopped short Read More >

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Incentivizing Biotech Growth; States and Regions Look to Stand Out from the Crowd

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The United States’ prolonged economic woes have drastically impacted state budgets, causing across-the-board program cuts and reassessment of priorities. The bioscience industry was not immune to the crisis, but did begin to rebound much faster than many other industries. Because the biosciences remain a source of high-wage, high-skill jobs, almost every state in the country is actively engaged in building fundamental industry infrastructure. State-sponsored programs to encourage investment and help bioscience companies leverage existing resources Read More >

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Policies that Benefit Start-Ups Grow the Bio-Economy

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The United States remains the land of entrepreneurialism despite our lingering economic troubles. To maintain our nation’s global leadership and drive job growth, we must continue to create policies that encourage and reward innovation in growth industries — including biotechnology. Jeffrey Bussgang, a general partner at the venture capital firm Flybridge Capital Partners contributed an interesting piece to Fortune/CNN Money in which he points out that start-up companies – not small businesses – are the Read More >

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PEW Study: Advanced Biofuels Can Help Military Respond to Energy Challenges

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PEW Charitable Trusts this week launched a new study, From Barracks to the Battlefield: Clean Energy Innovation and America’s Armed Forces, that details how energy innovation and clean energy can help U.S. Armed Forces respond to energy challenges and in turn how DoD’s commitment to energy transformation can contribute to development of new energy technologies that will benefit American consumers and commercial interests alike. The major energy challenges the DOD faces include risks associated with Read More >

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