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PlantBottle Takes the Petroleum Out of Packaging

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Today’s breakout session at the 2012 BIO Convention, Petroleum, PET and PlantBottle – Reducing Dependence on Oil Imports for Plastics, featured Scott Vitters from the Coca Cola Company, Kieran Furlong of Virent and Bob Bernacki of Gevo. The three talked about PlantBottle, a commercial solution already on the market that reduces petroleum in plastic bottles and other PET products by 30 percent. Vitters said Coca Cola does not want to stop there so they are Read More >

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World Congress Wraps Up With Session on Demand for Biotech Products

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Throughout BIO’s 9th annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing various audiences were discussed including businesses, manufacturers, investors and government. The final plenary session took a look at customers. Melody Bomgardner of Chemical Engineering News moderated the panel, “What’s Driving Demand for Biotech Products: A Customer’s Perspective” that included executives from The Coca Cola Company, Goodyear Tire, United Airlines and Estee Lauder. Goodyear Tire is working with Genecor to produce high quality synthetic rubber Read More >

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World Congress Talks Renewable Chemicals, Honors Steen Riisgaard

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At BIO’s 9th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioprocessing, BIO awarded Steen Riisgaard, Novozymes President and CEO, with its 2012 George Washington Carver Award honoring the vision of Carver, an originator of the “chemurgy” movement who, more than a century ago, achieved world renown by combining agriculture and science to produce everyday biobased products, changing the nature of farm economics and sustainability. Industrial biotechnology is the modern-day equivalent, combining biotech innovations with renewable biomass to create solutions that can revitalize manufacturing Read More >

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Synthetic Biology Survey Requires Industry Response

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The Woodrow Wilson Synthetic Biology Project has released a public survey soliciting opinions on synthetic biology. It is a follow up to a recent paper on synthetic biology released in Nature, and it is filled with biased questions that revive some of the oldest misconceptions about the biotechnology industry. The results of the survey are expected to be released in May 2012. BIO is encouraging members of the industry to participate in the survey and Read More >

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Honoring George Washington Carver’s Contributions to Today’s Bioeconomy

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As we celebrate Black History Month, we should take time to recognize the contributions made by George Washington Carver and understand their relevance to today’s development of the bioeconomy. Carver was one of the founding fathers of the “chemurgy” movement, the branch of applied chemistry that derives industrial products from agricultural raw materials and the predecessor of modern industrial biotechnology.   BIO’s George Washington Carver Award Carver, born into slavery in Missouri in 1861, left Read More >

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