Press Releases

BIO commends the USTR and the Special 301 Interagency Committee for engaging U.S. innovators as they seek to improve global intellectual property standards and enforcement, and to promote pro-innovative environments in countries around the world.

Washington, D.C. (April 25, 2016) – The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) issued the following statement today regarding the Campaign for Sustainable Rx Pricing’s policy proposals on prescription drug prices:

The 2016 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, the largest international industrial biotech event, concluded today at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. This year’s Conference drew around 907 industry leaders from 529 companies, 32 countries and 31 states, as well as the District of Columbia. Organized by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology hosted more than 1,961 partnering meetings, nearly a 40% increase from the 2015 BIO World Congress.

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. 

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.

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.

Washington, D.C. (April 13, 2016) – Millions of farmers around the world have reaped more than US$150 billion in benefits from biotech crops since 1996, according to a new adoption study released today.

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. 

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.

Washington, D.C. (April 6, 2016) – Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) President and CEO Jim Greenwood released the following statement regarding today’s Senate HELP Committee mark-up of legislation as part of the Senate biomedical innovation initiative:

Today, six biofuel trade associations sent a letter to House and Senate leaders asking Congress for a multiyear extension of advanced biofuel tax credits.

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) is pleased to announce that Europe’s largest cluster of bioeconomy companies, IAR, will be a top supporting organization of BIO’s 13th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology. IAR represents more than 300 innovative companies and technology developers who produce biofuels and biobased products from agricultural residue and biomass.

BIO announced today that President and CEO of NexSteppe, Anna Rath, has been selected by a committee of her peers to be the recipient of the 2016 BIO Rosalind Franklin Award. The Rosalind Franklin Award was established by BIO to honor an outstanding woman in the field of industrial biotechnology. 

Washington, D.C. (March 30, 2016) – Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) President and CEO Jim Greenwood issued the following statement today regarding the American College of Physicians’ policy paper on prescription drugs:

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF) will feature Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funded early-stage industrial biotech companies at BIO’s 13th Annual World Congress on 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.

BIO announces that executives, thought leaders, and government  officials will discuss applications in space, biofuels, and the renewable chemical landscape during plenary programs at BIO’s 13th Annual World Congress on 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. 

Iowa's Senate and House Ways and Means Committee on March 16 approved renewable chemical production tax credit legislation.

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) has officially named Dr. J. Craig Venter as the recipient of its 2016 George Washington Carver Award for innovation in industrial biotechnology. The award honors the legacy of George Washington 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. Industrial biotechnology is the modern-day equivalent of Carver’s vision for chemurgy, and the annual award honors an individual for carrying on Carver’s legacy.