Industrial & Environmental

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.

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.

One of the most promising uses of algae is as renewable raw material for biofuels.

Letters, Testimony & Comments

April 5 2016
Dear Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Reid, Speaker Ryan, Minority Leader Pelosi, Chairman Hatch, Ranking Member Wyden, Chairman Brady, Ranking Member Levin: Thank you for your leadership in extending a suite of critical advanced biofuels tax incentives through the end of 2016 in the “Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes Act of 2015.” These credits are needed to stimulate capital investment and growth of clean energy production and are vital to ongoing development of the advanced and cellulosic biofuels industry. Unfortunately, these provisions are already set to expire at the end of 2016. This short-term expiration of tax incentives is jeopardizing the long-term investment necessary for advanced biofuels. This creates uncertainty for investors and industry about the availability of these credits in the future. 
July 27 2015
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (“BIO”) is pleased to have the opportunity today to comment on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA’s”) recently published proposed rule titled “Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2014, 2015, and 2016 and Biomass Based Diesel Volume for 2017.”    
May 21 2015
On behalf of the biotechnology industry we are writing to encourage your support of full funding of Section 9003 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Public Law 113-79), the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Manufacturing Assistance Program, as you develop the Fiscal Year 2016 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.
May 8 2015
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (“BIO”) is pleased to have the opportunity today to comment on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) Proposed Rule on the 2014 Standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) PrograM (“the proposed rule”) and the renewable volume obligations (RVO) for biofuels in 2014.
March 16 2015
Chairman Lee, Vice Chairman Lowen, and Members of the Committee, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (“BIO”) appreciates this opportunity to provide comments on SB 717, legislation repealing the requirement that gasoline for motor vehicles in the state include 10% ethanol. This proposal is of significant concern to BIO and its members in the State of Hawaii and throughout the country.  

Press Releases

April 20 2016
The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) presented Dr. Ganesh Kishore, CEO, MLSCFI and co-Managing Partner, Spruce Capital Partners, the first annual BIO Leadership and Legacy Award today during BIO’s 13th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology. The new award was created to honor an individual who has shown exemplary leadership and who has dedicated a significant portion of their career to advancing industrial biotechnology and growing the biobased economy. The world’s largest industrial biotechnology event was held April 17-20, 2016 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. 
April 14 2016
Dr. Craig Venter will deliver remarks and will be presented the George Washington Carver Award by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) at the 2016 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in San Diego on Monday, April 18. The George Washington Carver Award is presented annually to honor an individual for carrying on the legacy of Carver, who was one of the founding fathers of the chemurgy movement, a branch of applied chemistry focused on manufacturing industrial products from raw agricultural materials.
April 14 2016
President and CEO of NexSteppe Anna Rath will deliver remarks and will be presented the Rosalind Franklin Award by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) at the 2016 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in San Diego on Tuesday April 19. The Rosalind Franklin Award is presented annually to honor an outstanding woman in the field of industrial biotechnology and bioprocessing.
April 12 2016
The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) is pleased to announce that it will be holding an Intellectual Property Symposium as part of BIO’s 13th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology. The IP Symposium: “Where IP meets IB” will take place on April 20, 2016 and consist of two panels of experts who will highlight the value of intellectual property in industrial biotechnology. The world’s largest industrial biotechnology event will be held April 17-20, 2016 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. 
April 7 2016
The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) has announced the elite group of emerging industrial biotechnology companies that will be presenting at the GreenTech Investor Sessions during BIO’s 13th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology. BIO’s GreenTech Investor Sessions provide selected companies a high-visibility opportunity to showcase their technologies and business models in front of venture capitalists, analysts, and strategic investors.