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#BIOWC16 Workshop: BASF and Avantium Joint Venture to Lead in the Production of FDCA and PEF

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On Day 3 of the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, BIO hosted a Workshop titled “BASF and Avantium Joint Venture: Global Market and Technology Leadership on FDCA and PEF.” BASF and Avantium have recently announced their joint venture for the production and commercialization of furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) and polyethylenefuranoate (PEF). FDCA is one of the most promising biobased building blocks with multiple applications. Avantium has developed a proprietary catalytic process to convert biomass into FDCA economically. The Read More >

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Welcome to San Diego and to the 2016 BIO World Congress!

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Welcome to San Diego and to the 13th Annual BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology. This is actually our first time hosting this event in San Diego and in California…and that is a testament to this region’s commitment, vision and focus on fostering and growing its industrial biotechnology sector. We have a great turnout this year,  with industry leaders from over 50 countries…making this event, once again, the world’s largest industrial biotechnology event of the year. I 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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The White House Releases its Strategy for Restoring Pollinator Habitats


Today, The White House released its National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators, calling for the restoration or enhancement of 7 million acres of land for pollinators over the next five years through federal actions and public/private partnerships. AgriPulse covered the announcement: Other goals of the strategy are to reduce honey bee colony losses during the winter months to no more than 15 percent within 10 years, and to increase the Read More >

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European Union Lags Well Behind the U.S. in Innovation


There are many different explanations for the euro crisis: poor fiscal management, loose banking regulation, etc…But one major contributor to Europe’s problems that continues to hold back economies today is a lack of innovation, reported Simon Nixon of The Wall Street Journal. The European Commission’s own “Innovation Scorecard” shows that on almost every measure of innovation, the European Union lags well behind the U.S. and on some measures now lags parts of Asia, while differences between EU Read More >

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