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World Food Prize Honors Ag Biotech Pioneers

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A trio of scientists specializing in agricultural biotechnology will receive the 2013 World Food Prize, Secretary of State John Kerry announced today. Mary-Dell Chilton, Robert T. Fraley and Marc Van Montagu, all pioneers in the science of agricultural biotechnology, have helped lead a global agricultural transformation through scientific research and advocacy for modern farming practices. “These individuals have dedicated their lives to scientific discovery and feeding the world,” said BIO president and CEO Jim Greenwood.  Read More >

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Commercialization, Collaboration Mark Day Two at BIO’s World Congress

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Several companies made announcements yesterday during BIO’s 10th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotech showcasing industry collaboration and commercial production. During a morning breakout session, Direct Conversion of Methane to Higher Value Products Using Biological Systems, Josh Silverman of Calysta Energy shared the company’s announcement to partner with NatureWorks for a research and development collaboration to convert methane into lactic acid – a building block for bioplastics.  Josh called the partnership a great fit for Read More >

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Building a Supply Chain to Go From Seed to Sky

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Several workshops took place at BIO’s World Congress today including Building the Aviation Biofuels Supply Chain Network. The workshops are designed for specific and focused discussions on business or technical information and this one looked at Agrisoma as a case study for building an aviation supply chain network. Agrisoma is working to ensure the delivery of a viable petroleum replacement by leading activities across the energy feedstock value chain. A major milestone was reached on Read More >

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Celebrating the Overlooked Origin of a Miracle Vaccine

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Ever heard of Maurice Hilleman? Chances are that you haven’t, but he may be responsible for saving your life and the life of your kids and grand kids. Hilleman truly is one of the unsung heroes of the vaccines industry. He invented the measles vaccine estimated to have saved at least 100 million lives. Today, 95 percent of children in the U.S. receive the MMR — the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella invented by Read More >

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The Next Generation is Here Today

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“It is gratifying to see these companies coming to scale and new technologies that don’t fit our typical view of feedstocks being developed,” said Mark Bunger, Research Director of Lux Research, Inc. “Biotechnology and industrial biotechnology are just getting started and we’ll continue to be blown away by the developments in the industry throughout our lifetimes.” Lux was discussing the great strides being made in the development of feedstocks and the next generation of biorefineries Read More >

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