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American Invents Act Strategies Highlighted at the IPCC Conference

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By David Saravitz, Alston + Bird Day 2 of the 2012 BIO Intellectual Property Counsels’ Committee (IPCC) Spring Conference kicked off with a panel on the America Invents Act (AIA).  The panel focused on how practitioners and the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) are dealing with various provisions of this new patent act. Mr. Ira Finkelstein, Senior Patent Counsel with Baxter Healthcare, led off the session initially discussing the first-inventor-to-file provision of the AIA (§ Read More >

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World Congress Wraps Up With Session on Demand for Biotech Products

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Throughout BIO’s 9th annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing various audiences were discussed including businesses, manufacturers, investors and government. The final plenary session took a look at customers. Melody Bomgardner of Chemical Engineering News moderated the panel, “What’s Driving Demand for Biotech Products: A Customer’s Perspective” that included executives from The Coca Cola Company, Goodyear Tire, United Airlines and Estee Lauder. Goodyear Tire is working with Genecor to produce high quality synthetic rubber Read More >

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BioManufacturers Increasing Budgets for New Technologies

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By Eric Langer, Managing Partner, BioPlan Associates, Inc. Two-thirds Spending more for Improved Productivity Almost two-thirds (64.2 percent) of biomanufacturers will increase their budgets for new technologies to improve efficiencies and costs for downstream production this year. Data from our newly released 9th Annual Report and Survey of Biopharmaceutical Manufacturers, include responses from 302 global biomanufacturers, and an additional 185 vendors to the industry. We find that budget increases this year are not just incremental Read More >

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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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