Renewable Specialty Chemicals

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.

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.

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.

Biorefining isn’t just for bio-ethanol. Biorefining can produce polyester, nylon, and amino acids just to name a few. In fact, one feedstock may produce many different products.

Biotechnology is everywhere you look - even in places you might not expect.

Biobased products can supplement or replace a wide variety of petroleum-based products, and the United States has a substantial potential competitive advantage in their manufacture.

Enzymes are the oldest tool in industrial biotechnology. For thousands of years, processes such as brewing, bread-making and the production of cheese have involved the usage of enzymes. Today the global market for industrial enzymes is estimated at around $2.9 billion.

Biotechnology is all around us especially in our homes. From new household cleaners and detergents made with biotech enzymes, to our contact solution and the paper we write on, advances in biotechnology are helping to make our lives easier, cleaner, and greener.

With these benefits increasing demand for industrial biotechnology products and processes, this study uses patent data, survey results, and technology and firm level data from emerging sectors of industrial biotechnology to paint a detailed picture of innovation in the field. 

We have used the biological processes of microorganisms for 6,000 years to make useful food products, such as bread and cheese, and to preserve dairy products.

It shows the application of industrial biotechnology can improve the efficiency of the biofuel and renewable chemical industries and gives an understanding of the impact of industrial biotechnology on the U.S. economy up to 2008. 

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.

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.

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.
February 4 2014
BIO thanked Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Ranking Member Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) on final passage in the Senate of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013. BIO also thanked the energy title’s many champions in the Senate, including Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).
January 29 2014
BIO today thanks House champions of the Farm Bill energy title and congratulates them on final passage of the bill.
January 27 2014
The Farm Bill conference report contains significant funding for renewable energy programs, allows renewable chemical technologies to access the programs, and supports purpose grown energy crops.
September 30 2013
BIO and 38 member companies and organization today wrote a letter of thanks to Reps. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), Steve Stockman (R-Texas), and others who sponsored the Qualifying Renewable Chemical Production Tax Credit of 2013.
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.