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Biotech Companies Find Solutions through Synthetic Biology

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Several small companies presented their business models and milestones in the New and Innovative Technological Advances breakout session during the opening day of BIO’s World Congress. Each of the companies started out seeking an alternative to petroleum as a raw material for plastics and other polymers used in everyday household products. Additionally, these companies were united in finding unique solutions to scientific challenges through synthetic biology approaches. Eric Althoff, CBO of ten-year-old Arzeda, described his Read More >

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Biology, Catalysts, Electrocatalysis, Oh My!

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On Monday, July 20, 2015, BIO held a breakout session titled Biology, Catalysts, Electrocatalysis, Oh My: Status Check on “The Many Ways to Make Bioproducts” as part of the Renewable Chemicals Track. This session was moderated by Jim Lane, Editor & Publisher, Biofuels Digest. Panelists included: Jay Kouba, Trelys Dave Law, Liquid Light Mark Herrema, Newlight Technologies  Timothy Cesarek, Enerkem, Inc  The industrial biotechnology company Trelys is focused on gas as a feedstock for biological Read More >

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Unhealthy Fixation: The War Against GMOs

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The war against genetically modified organisms is full of fearmongering, errors, and fraud. Labeling them will not make you safer, writes William Saletan in a comprehensive and well-researched article in Slate: Is genetically engineered food dangerous? Many people seem to think it is. In the past five years, companies have submitted more than 27,000 products to the Non-GMO Project, which certifies goods that are free of genetically modified organisms. Last year, sales of such products Read More >

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Welcome to Montreal and to the 2015 BIO World Congress


Welcome to Montreal and to the 12th Annual BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology. The theme of this conference is linking chemistry, biotechnology and agriculture to create new value chains.  That is what BIO is all about – bringing thought leaders, researchers and venture capitalists together and fostering R&D and business development opportunities that will allow us to further the important goal of creating the value chains that are the lifeblood of the biobased economy. At BIO, Read More >

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Why use a standard off-the-shelf enzyme when you could use a customized enzyme?


Here at Biocatalysts, we encounter a large number of unique industries, each with their own unique clients, each of which has their own unique needs and drivers. Outside of the existing enzyme-dependent industries (like Food, or Flavour & Fragrance), one of the questions I hear pretty commonly here in the Chicago office is “why would I develop a new enzyme when there are so many off-the-shelf enzymes available to order?” This question is actually quite Read More >

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