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Business Confidence with the RFS Under Attack

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This week, Biofuels Digest and BIO launched the quarterly Bioenergy Business Outlook Survey. Results from the first quarter of 2012 showed that industry optimism remained high earlier in the year, even though companies still reported difficulty in raising the capital needed for ongoing research and development and construction of demonstration and commercial biorefineries. Now that the petroleum refiners have launched a multi-million dollar pr campaign against the biofuel industry, it will be interesting to take Read More >

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BIO 2012 Super Session Recap: Burrill State-of-the-Industry Report

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“How are we doing? It’s tough.” That’s what G. Steven Burrill, CEO of Burrill & Company, said at the outset of his talk to a fully packed room at the 2012 BIO International Convention Super Session featuring an overview of the 26th annual Burrill State-of-the-Industry Report. The report’s main finding was that the biotech industry is changing at a rapid pace, and is confronting a significant and newfound adversity in austerity that is caused by Read More >

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AMA: “No Scientific Justification for Special Labeling of Bioengineered Foods”

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Concurrent to the 2012 BIO International Convention in Boston, the American Medical Association (AMA) is hosting its 161st annual meeting in Chicago during which the group discussed the issue of mandatory labeling of biotech food products.  During the AMA meeting, the AMA House of Delegates adopted a formal statement in opposition to the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered, or bioengineered, foods. (Note: the organization did not consider or take a position on the California food Read More >

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Dr. Lewis Sullivan Leads Panel on Diversity in Education and the Biotech Workplace

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This year the Diversity Summit at the 2012 BIO International Convention focused on the importance of recruiting and fostering a diverse workforce in the biotechnology field. Past Diversity Summits have focused on diversity in research and clinical trials, but experts have found that it can be challenging to develop new treatments and cures without a diverse workforce pursuing these discoveries. For panelists as well as those in the audience, the need to bring minorities into Read More >

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Why Biotech Food Labeling Is Met with Resistance

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In recent weeks, there’s been a lot of new discussion around the biotech labeling debate.  On May 10, the International Food Information Council (IFIC) released its latest “Consumer Perceptions of Food Technology” survey, which showed that very few Americans cite biotechnology as an information need on food labels. Earlier this month, the California Right to Know initiative announced at various rallies held around the state that it had collected the prerequisite number of signatures to Read More >

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