About BIO's Industrial & Environmental Section



BIO represents more than 1,100 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 annual BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world. BIO produces BIOtechNOW, an online portal and monthly newsletter chronicling “innovations transforming our world.” Subscribe to BIOtechNOW.


Biotechnology researchers expand the boundaries of science to benefit mankind by providing better healthcare, enhanced agriculture, and a cleaner and safer environment.

The mission of BIO is to be the champion of biotechnology and the advocate for its member organizations — both large and small.


The Honorable Jim Greenwood

President & CEO


Washington, DC


Emerging Companies — Serves the needs of small-to-medium size BIO member companies, most of whom do not yet have major products approved and on the market. This section operates to bring their opinion to bear on major issues affecting smaller companies and to construct programs to enhance their development.

Food & Agriculture — Develops and advances industry policies on all food and agriculture biotechnology issues related to international affairs, government relations, science and regulatory affairs, and media and public affairs. 

Health — Develops policy positions that promote biomedical innovation and represent the best interests of BIO member companies with a direct interest in human health. Among the priority issues are matters affecting the healthcare-related regulatory and reimbursement climate, pandemic and biodefense preparedness, publicly funded scientific research, and personalized medicine. 

Industrial & Environmental — Develops biotechnology industry policy on environmental and industrial biotechnology issues, promotes the use of industrial enzymes, conversion of biomass to energy and chemicals, and innovative clean up technologies. The Section works closely with the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, and international organizations. The Section is active in promoting technologies that promote sustainable development. The Section also is involved with legislative and regulatory issues related to the use of industrial enzymes in manufacturing processes and with environmental biotechnology products used for environmental remediation. 

Industrial & Environmental Section Leader

Brent Erickson

Executive Vice President

Industrial & Environmental Section Members

  • Abengoa Bioenergy new Technologies, Inc.
  • Agrivida, Inc.
  • Algenol Biofuels, Inc.
  • Allylix, Inc.
  • Amyris Biotechnologies, Inc.
  • Applied Biotechnology Institute
  • ArborGen, LLC
  • Bayer Corporation
  • BioAmber, Inc.
  • BioResource International, Inc.
  • BP, plc
  • Burrill & Company
  • Catchlight Energy, LLC
  • Cellana, LLC
  • Chemdiv, Inc.
  • Chevron Corporation
  • Chief Executive Assistance, Inc. 
  • Cobalt Technologies
  • Codexis, Inc.
  • Coskata, Inc.
  • Danisco A/S
  • DNA 2.0
  • DSM, NV
  • DuPont
  • Dyadic International, Inc.
  • Edenspace Systems Corp.
  • Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc.
  • Environmental Biotechnology CRC Pty Limited
  • Epygen Labs FZ LLC
  • Genencor/Danisco
  • Genomatica, Inc.
  • Gevo, Inc.
  • Glycos Biotechnologies, Inc.
  • greenovation Biotech, GmbH
  • INEOS Bio
  • Infinite Energy, LLC
  • Intrexon Corporation
  • Joule Unlimited, Inc.
  • Kiverdi, Inc.
  • Lignol Energy Corporation
  • Linnaeus Plant Sciences, Inc.
  • Live Fuels, Inc.
  • LS9, Inc.
  • Mascoma Corp.
  • Mendel Biotechnology
  • Metabolix, Inc.
  • Micromidas, Inc.
  • Monsanto Corporation
  • Myriant Corporation
  • NatureWorks, LLC
  • Neugenesis Corporation
  • NexSteppe, Inc.
  • Novozymes, 
  • OPX Biotechnologies, Inc.
  • Plastid AS
  • Poet, LLC
  • Praj Matrix – The Innovation Center
  • ProteoNIC BV
  • Proterro, Inc.
  • Qteros
  • Renmatix
  • Rivertop Renewables, Inc. 
  • Sapphire Energy, Inc.
  • Schering, AG
  • Segetis, Inc. 
  • Senomyx, Inc.
  • Solazyme, Inc. 
  • Solix Biosystems, Inc.
  • Strathkirn, Inc.
  • SunOpta BioProcess, Inc.
  • Swissaustral Biotech SA
  • Synthetic Genomics, Inc.
  • Targeted Growth, Inc.
  • Tate & Lyle
  • Terrabon, Inc.
  • TetraVitae Bioscience, Inc.
  • Verdezyne, Inc.
  • Verenium Corporation
  • Virent Energy Systems, Inc.
  • ZeaChem, Inc.