Renewable Chemicals & Biobased Materials

Today, the biotechnology industry is enjoying more success and influence than ever before. Our industry’s innovations continue to improve the lives of people worldwide, and the advancement of these innovations is supported by the work of BIO.

There's actually good news about energy and the environment: The U-S will reduce both pollution and reliance on petroleum by tapping into home-grown fuels from farm, wood and paper waste. 

In a presentation at the Taiwan Chemical Industry Forum, Matthew Carr outlines how industrial biotechnology is the third wave in biotech.

Biotechnology, the combination of biology and technology, includes biologic applications, diagnostic tools and businesses that improve everyday life by providing solutions to some of life's most vexing problems.

What happens in Washington influences biotechnology progress every bit as much as what happens on Wall Street or in the lab.

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?

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

Letters, Testimony & Comments

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.
May 17 2011
BIO encourages Congress to support advanced biofuels and biobased products programs and initiatives during consideration of the Fiscal Year 2012 Energy & Water Appropriations bill. Industrial biotechnology is the key enabling technology that is causing a dramatic paradigm shift in the production of fuels and chemicals. By building modern biorefineries and using industrial biotechnology our nation could significantly reduce its dependence on foreign sources of oil.
December 1 2010
Biobased products and renewable chemicals should be incentivized along with other renewable technologies in Congressional bills aimed at creating jobs, according to letters sent by BIO and biotechnology companies to House and Senate leaders.
September 20 2010
BIO’s letter to President Obama proposes several necessary steps to fix the LGP and achieve the goal of near-term commercialization of advanced biofuels, biochemicals, and bioproducts

Press Releases

November 13 2015
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today thanked Senators Stabenow (D-MI), Coons (D-DE) and Franken (D-MN) for introducing S. 2271, the Renewable Chemicals Act of 2015, a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide credits for the production of renewable chemicals and investments in renewable chemical production facilities.  
July 30 2015
BIO expresses thanks to Representatives Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Richard Neal (D-MA) for introducing, H.R. 3390, which provides renewable chemical producers access to production or investment tax credits currently available to other renewable energy producers.
July 16 2015
BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood was invited to make a presentation and participate in today’s national stakeholder forum, hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to announce the new Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program (“Section 9003 Program”).
October 16 2014
BIO member companies Solazyme, Inc. and Amyris receive awards.
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.