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There’s Biotechnology in Soap? Should I Be Worried?


On May 30th, 2014 the New York Times released an article entitled “Companies Quietly Apply Biofuel Tools to Household Products.” This title is intentionally alarming to readers because it sounds like biotech companies are secretly sneaking genetic strains into everyday consumer products. But this is even more alarming to BIO because the author failed to do her homework on how the science works.  BIO has for years been touting the fact that biotechnology applications are Read More >

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All Things Considered – “Synthetic Biology”


CQ Researcher examines the pros/cons to utilizing synthetic biology CQ Researcher’s April 2014 article, Synthetic Biology: Should Scientists Try to Create New Life Forms, delves into the benefits and hesitations of using synthetic biology to create new or improved medicines, fuels and other innovative products. The pro/con piece within the article showcases a debate between BIO‘s own Dr. Rina Singh, Senior Director, Industrial and Environmental and Jaydee Hanson, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Food Safety, and Policy Read More >

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


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


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


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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