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“The Technology is Here, It’s Ready”

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Last week the Milken Institute, a nonpartisan economic think tank, released a Financial Innovations Lab Report: Unleashing the Power of the Bio-Economy. The Milken Institute hosted a Financial Innovations Lab on industrial biotech in April of 2012 to explore ideas to spur the industry, bringing together leading scientists, senior government officials, industry executives, institutional investors and venture capitalists. Tremendous potential for economic and environmental benefits exist with using biobased chemicals instead of petrochemicals. Thanks to Read More >

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Celebrating George Washington Carver’s Contributions to Industrial Biotech

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Every February we celebrate Black History Month recognizing the contributions and accomplishments of African Americans and their role in U.S. history. George Washington Carver should be honored as an important figure influencing modern industrial biotechnology. The American scientist changed the nature of farming by using science to make everyday products from agricultural materials. As the leading figure of the “chemurgy” movement, the branch of applied chemistry that derives industrial products from agricultural raw materials, he Read More >

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Sacrificing Energy Independence is Not the Solution

Jim Greenwood

This past summer, as parts of the Midwest faced historic droughts and farmers and ranchers struggled with the impact of failing crops, a group of governors petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend the federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) as a way to provide relief. As temperatures cool and the drought stabilizes, it’s clear that government programs to provide emergency assistance for farmers and ranchers worked as intended. Yet, the call to suspend the Read More >

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See for Yourself: New BIO Book Showcases Visible Progress in Industrial Biotech

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BIO recently introduced a picture book of biorefineries across the United States, “Visible Progress in Commercialization of Advanced Biofuels, Biobased Products and Renewable Chemicals”, which showcases commercial, demonstration and even new pilot facilities. Some of these facilities have been in operation for as long as a decade while others are new plants under construction. They include the first commercial-scale cellulosic biofuel production biorefineries and facilities for ongoing research and development of industrial biotech products. Biorefineries Read More >

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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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