BIO’s Brent Erickson Appointed to Energy Biosciences Institute Advisory Committee

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Monday, March 30, 2009) - Brent Erickson, executive vice president of the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s (BIO) Industrial and Environmental Section, has been appointed to serve on the Advisory Committee to the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI).

The Energy Biosciences Institute (www.energybiosciencesinstitute.org), a collaboration between the University of California Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the University of Illinois, and BP, was established in 2007 with a 10-year, $500-million grant from BP. The mission of the institute is to harness advanced knowledge in biology, the physical sciences, engineering, and environmental and social sciences to devise viable solutions to global energy challenges and reduce the impact of fossil fuels to global warming. The EBI currently supports approximately 50 research projects, involving 120 faculty as well as 200 students and post-doctoral candidates.

The Science Advisory Committee is intended to provide strategic advice to the EBI Director and the Governing Board about goals and program implementation, the definition of mission, scope of the research, operational processes and scientific culture.

Brent Erickson joined BIO in 2000 as director of the Industrial and Environmental Section, where he spearheaded an effort to work with President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney to include advanced biomass energy programs in the administration’s National Energy Plan. He was promoted to vice president in 2001 and executive vice president in 2005.

Erickson serves on the advisory board of the Northeast SunGrant Initiative and, since 2004, has been active in the Bioenergy/Agriculture Working Group of the Energy Future Coalition, an advocacy coalition funded by the United Nations Foundation. In 2005 he was named consulting editor of the journal Industrial Biotechnology.

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About BIO
BIO is the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world. BIOtechNOW is BIO's blog chronicling “innovations transforming our world” and the BIO Newsletter is the organization’s bi-weekly email newsletter. Subscribe to the BIO Newsletter.