This week BIO announced a distinguished panel of judges  who will evaluate nominations for The Biotech Humanitarian Award  and select the 2010 Honoree. BIO created the Award to recognize an everyday hero who has helped to heal, fuel or feed the planet through their work in biotechnology. BIO is accepting nominations for the 2010 Award via www.iambiotech.org/award  through January 31, 2010. Dr. Jay Keasling, CEO of the Joint BioEnergy Institute, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and acting Deputy Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, joins this year’s panel of judges for the Biotech Humanitarian Award. He was honored with the inaugural Award in 2009 for his breakthrough work in synthetic biology, which will allow for lower cost access to first-line treatment for malaria as well significantly advance production of the next generation of biofuels. The Biotech Humanitarian Award and the $10,000 prize will be bestowed on the Honoree during the 2010 BIO International Convention  in Chicago, May 3-6, 2010.