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Jonathan Wolfson Receives the George Washington Carver Award!

Jonathan S. Wolfson

“What is possible, is far more than what people think.” – Wolfson On Monday at the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, Jonathan S. Wolfson, Chief Executive Officer of Solazyme, received BIO’s George Washington Carver Award. The Award was given during the Lunch Plenary Session titled State and Regional Approaches to Developing the Biobased Economy & George Washington Carver Award for Innovation in Industrial Biotechnology Presentation. The Governor of Iowa, Terry Branstad, and BIO’s Executive Read More >

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CNBC Commentary: Hedge funds, ‘reverse trolls’ crushing biopharma innovation

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Patents are the lifeblood of medical innovation. They are the cornerstone that enables companies to perform the long and costly research and development for cures and therapies to combat devastating diseases such as cancer, HIV and Alzheimer’s. Unfortunately, the system that helps protect these innovations is being abused by outside interests. BIO and others have called upon Congress to fix these problems as part of a greater patent reform debate. Today one more voice joined Read More >

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Creating Biotech Crops 101

Creating Biotech Seeds

The birth of biotechnology did not begin with the discovery of recombination, nor genes; we have actually been relying on it for thousands of years in agriculture. It all started with a question: Which crops are the best and how can we get more of them? Ancient farmers took the best crops and continued to produce them after every harvest; they did not have a scientific term to describe their actions, but they were essentially Read More >

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BIO World Congress GreenTech Investor Sessions

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On Monday, July 20, the GreenTech Investor Sessions took place at the at the BIO World Congress. Eleven companies made formal, 15-minute presentations on their technology development and business models to an audience of elite investors, analysts, and conference attendees. These companies were chosen to present by an external advisory panel of investors following an application and selection process. The top eleven companies included: Forelight has developed a patented photosynthetic growth platform that provides highly Read More >

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Biobased Innovations for the Coming Decade

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Tuesday’s Breakfast Plenary Session at BIO World Congress was introduced by Rina Singh, Senior Director at BIO, who highlighted that BIO can help startups cut their cost of doing business through the BIO Business Solutions offered free to BIO members. This program offers discounted services such as office supplies and shipping. The plenary was sponsored by BASF. BASF are celebrating their 150th anniversary. Based in over 200 countries, BASF sees a number of key trends for the chemical Read More >

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