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J.Craig Venter Carries BIO into the Second Half of its Pacific Rim Summit

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will join Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus on a media call to announce a new Department of Navy Farm to Fleet initiative. Secretary Vilsack and Secretary Mabus will highlight the benefits of advanced biofuels to create jobs in rural America and to ensure a dependable, domestic fuel supply for our nation’s military. The conference call for the Navy/USDA biofuel procurement announcement was originally scheduled for Tuesday, December 10, 2013 but Read More >

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Synthetic Biology Applications for Algae and Renewable Chemicals Featured at 2013 Pac Rim Summit

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The Biotechnology Industry Organization’s (BIO)’s 2013 Pacific Rim Summit on Biotechnology and Bioenergy will be showcasing several distinctive presentations on recent innovations in using synthetic biology for renewable chemicals and algae biofuels.  This year’s summit will be co-organized by BIOCOM and held in San Diego, California from December 8-11, 2013 at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter. In a recent press release, BIO announced that the Pacific Rim Summit will offer a complete track of breakout sessions on the Read More >

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Commercialization, Collaboration Mark Day Two at BIO’s World Congress

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Several companies made announcements yesterday during BIO’s 10th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotech showcasing industry collaboration and commercial production. During a morning breakout session, Direct Conversion of Methane to Higher Value Products Using Biological Systems, Josh Silverman of Calysta Energy shared the company’s announcement to partner with NatureWorks for a research and development collaboration to convert methane into lactic acid – a building block for bioplastics.  Josh called the partnership a great fit for Read More >

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Jay Keasling Wins BIO’s George Washington Carver Award

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BIO announced today that it will honor Jay Keasling, a professor of biochemical engineering at University of California, Berkley; associate laboratory director at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; CEO of the Joint BioEnergy Institute; and Director of Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center, as the recipient of its 2013 George Washington Carver Award for innovation in industrial biotechnology. The award honors the vision of Carver, an originator of the “chemurgy” movement who, more than a century ago, achieved world Read More >

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The Synthetic Biology Pathway to Innovation in Fuels and Chemicals

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Rob Carlson a principle at Biodesic, an engineering, consulting, and design firm in Seattle moderated a plenary session focused on synthetic biology at BIO’s Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy. The panel, Status Report: The Synthetic Biology Pathway to Innovation in Fuels and Chemicals, consisted of scientists from both the biotechnology industry and academia expressing their views on the importance of synthetic biology and discussing how the technology has evolved over time. Todd Read More >

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