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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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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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The Life Sciences Foundation – Telling the Story of Biotechnology

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By the Life Sciences Foundation “If a man were permitted to make all the ballads, he need not care who should make the laws of a nation.” – Scottish politician Andrew Fletcher (1653-1716) Why History Matters Biotechnologists are in the tomorrow business. They strive to innovate, invent, and make progress. They must; survival depends on it. Biotechnologists are future-oriented. Yet, biotechnologists are also steeped in history. They swim in the past, and strive constantly to Read More >

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Does Biotech History Repeat?

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According to Mark Twain, “History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme”. Little did he know that one day that would hold true for something called “Biotech”. Indeed, there seems to be a lot of rhyming going on with Biotech IPOs today with recent history. When we compare the accumulated number of IPOs in the last IPO window (2003-2007) with the current window (2009-now), we see an amazing overlay. Not identical, but not too far from it. Read More >

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