Algae

Vigorous government support has played a key role in encouraging China’s development of a bio-based economy, especially in regard to biofuels. 

To carry out military and humanitarian missions around the world, U.S. forces require reliable fuel supplies and secure supply lines. At the micro level, the military is as much at the mercy of high oil and gasoline prices as the average consumer. In addition, when you calculate the fully burdened cost of fuels, for instance a gallon of jet fuel delivered to the front lines in Afghanistan, it can be upwards of $400 per gallon. And, on a macro level, oil often comes from regions of the world that are not U.S. military allies. The need for great energy independence is therefore a very important national security issue.

All programs at the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing are open to attendance by members of the media. Complimentary media registration is available to editors and reporters with valid press credentials working full time for print, broadcast or web publications.

BIO released a white paper on the growth and jobs potential of green chemicals.

Recently introduced legislation could help the military become the technology leader in scaling up commercial production of sustainable biofuels, such as algae.

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.

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.

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.

Learn about the potential for using algae in a biorefinery to produce biofuels, renewable chemicals, and food ingredients.

Biotechnology is all around us and is already a big part of our lives, providing breakthrough products and technologies to combat disease, reduce our environmental footprint, feed the hungry, and make useful products.

March 20 2013
Testimony of the Biotechnology Industry Organization regarding Maine Legislative Document 453, "An act to prohibit the sale of gasoline that contains ethanol as an additive at a level greater than 10 percent by volume."
August 27 2012
We are writing to caution against granting a waiver for the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). A number of groups and some governors seem to believe that the RFS is a substantial part of the equation when it comes to grain prices, and waiving the program this year or next will ease the impact of the drought on consumers. There is substantial evidence to the contrary.
May 21 2012
BIO is the world’s largest biotechnology organization, with more than 1,100 members worldwide.
October 21 2010
A Letter from leadership at ABFA, BIO, and ABO advocating for a comprehensive biofuels policy. This letter led to a meeting between key White House Staff and industry leaders. This meeting was part of an ongoing dialogue between the administration and biofuels stakeholders about the unique challenges facing the full spectrum of advanced biofuels technologies.
December 5 2013
BIO's testimony to the EPA public hearing for the 2014 RFS volumes highlighted the jobs, investments and environmental benefits that will be lost if biofuel volumes are rolled back.
October 23 2013
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) applauds key Members of the House of Representatives for holding today the first meeting of the newly revived Congressional Algae Caucus.  BIO especially recognizes caucus co-chairs Scott Peters (D-CA-52) and Matt Salmon (R-AZ-5) for their leadership in this important and emerging area of industrial biotechnology.
September 25 2013
BIO, member companies, and state affiliates delivered letters to House and Senate Agriculture Committee members, urging finalization of a five-year Farm Bill with robust mandatory funding of the Energy Title and eligibility for renewable chemicals.
June 12 2013
The 10th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology will host the Clean Tech Investor Sessions featuring innovative industrial biotechnology companies selected to present to an elite audience of investors and analysts. 
June 4 2013
The 2013 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology this June 16-19 in Montreal, Canada at the Palais des congrès de Montréal will mark the event’s 10th anniversary.