Industrial & Environmental

Upward trends and investment opportunities will be focus of BIO’s World Congress in May.

Honoring the father of chemurgy, the award will be presented at the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing in May.

Industry leaders point out that biotech-enabled advanced biofuels spur job growth and reduce U.S. dependence on imported oil.

BIO review of this emerging science illustrates progress in applying synthetic biology to improve manufacturing processes.

The revolution in synthetic biology has enabled innovative manufacture of biofuels and the development of biological processes for the manufacture of bulk and fine chemicals.

It is essential that biogenic carbon flows are assessed in a correct, transparent and consistent way in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and product carbon footprint (PCF) tools.

Ethanol can be made from cellulosic biomass - plant matter composed of inedible cellulose fibers that form the stems and branches of most plants.

Biotechnology research is important not only in the initial stages of developing algal biofuels, but also in optimizing algal strains for the mechanical engineering and processing needs of biofuel production.

From August 16 to August 22, 2010, Hart Research Associates conducted a nationwide survey among 1,000 adults about attitudes toward the entities involved in the oversight of new scientific and technological advances, awareness of nanotechnology, and awareness of and attitudes toward synthetic biology and two potential applications of the science.

Oils produced by algae hold the potential for replacing fossil resources in many products. In fact, according to recent research, much of the petroleum and coal we drill for and use today was originally produced thousands of years ago by a species of green algae.

Over the past few years, fuel ethanol production from grains has become a major business of national importance, resulting in increased availability of distillers’ grains (DG) for use in animal feed. A natural question is whether the processing aids used in ethanol manufacture are safe for the animals fed the DG co-product.

The Department of Energy's Assistant Secretary Cathy Zoi announced funding of $24 million for three research groups addressing key hurdles in commercialization of algae at the 2010 World Congress.

September 23 2014
Inaction on the 2014 RFS regulatory rule will lead to increased GHG emissions of 21 million metric tons CO2 equivalent. The increased GHG emissions are equal to putting an additional 4.4 million cars on the road or opening 5.5 new coal-fired power plants. The “blend wall” should not be a consideration for setting the RFS, because the United States is using more transportation fuel in 2014 than previously projected.
March 25 2014
RE: Extension of Expired Advanced Biofuels Tax Credits   Dear Chairman Wyden and Ranking Member Hatch:   As the Senate Finance Committee begins its work on tax extenders, we encourage you to extend the suite of critical advanced biofuels tax incentives – the Second Generation Biofuel Producer Tax Credit, the Special Depreciation Allowance for Second Generation Biofuel Plant Property, the Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Fuels Credit, and the Alternative Fuel and Alternative Fuel Mixture Excise Tax Credit.
February 12 2014
BIO greatly appreciates Chairman Baucus’ commitment to making energy tax policy more straightforward, fair and effective, and supports the Chairman’s vision of focusing energy tax policy on driving innovation and achieving the nation’s environmental, economic and energy security goals.
February 12 2014
BIO testifies on New Hamphire House Bill 1220, “An Act Restricting the Addition of Corn-based Ethanol Gasoline Additives to No More Than 10 Percent of the Mixture of Gasoline”
January 29 2014
The Honorable Gina McCarthy Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center Mailcode: 2822T 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC  20460 .
October 17 2014
Abengoa Bioenergy's new cellulosic biorefinery is the realization of nearly a decade of research and development and billions of dollars in investment, encouraged by the federal Renewable Fuel Standard.
October 16 2014
BIO member companies Solazyme, Inc. and Amyris receive awards.
October 15 2014
With a growing industrial biotech sector that is home to more than 400 biotechnology companies, San Diego is set to host BIO’s 2014 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotech & Bioenergy.  San Diego-based industrial biotechnology companies continue to deliver next generation products and innovative technology solutions, many of which will be highlighted during the programming at this year’s Summit.  The 2014 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotech & Bioenergy will be held December 7-9, 2014 in San Diego, California at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter.   
October 8 2014
A new report from USDA, "Why Biobased?," provides an initial quantification of new jobs and other economic opportunities in the emerging bioeconomy. USDA also commissioned a larger, more comprehensive report that BIO hopes will be issued on a regular basis.
September 24 2014
BIO is pleased to announce the creation of the BIO Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology to be presented to an outstanding  woman in the industrial biotechnology sector who has made significant contributions to the advancement of the biobased economy and biotech innovation.  The inaugural award will be presented at this year’s Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotech & Bioenergy, to be held December 7-9, 2014 in San Diego, California.