Industrial & Environmental

Has a member of your family been vaccinated against hepatitis B? Do you know someone who has diabetes? Has anyone in your family had heart disease?

For the United States and most developed nations, the foundation of prosperity has been the availability of abundant and affordable sources of energy.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are both strongly committed to expanding the role of biomass as an energy source.

The report was prepared for the National Commission on Energy Policy (NCEP) by the Role of Biomass in America's Energy Future (RBAEF) project. It asserts that the United States "can replace much of our oil with biofuels - fuels made from plant materials grown by American farmers. These fuels, especially those known as cellulosic biofuels, can be cost-competitive with gasoline and diesel."

Industrial biotechnology is creating new markets for traditional agricultural crops and crop residues as renewable feedstocks, chemical intermediates, and energy sources.

Summaries of plenary sessions, breakout sessions, and workshops at the second annual conference, hosted by BIO, National Agricultural Biotechnology Council, and the American Chemical Society.

Biotechnology is the use and modification of living organisms or their products for commercial purposes.

BIO-IES urges national representatives of the United States and other nations to seek inclusion of specific references to industrial and environmental biotechnology in the implementation program resulting from the Johannesburg Summit, including national action plans.

The Earth Summit at Rio de Janeiro in 1992 established a vision of "Sustainable Development." Where development historically was based almost entirely on economic calculations, there would now be an environmental component as well.

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.