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Snapshot: BIO's Top Five Industrial and Environmental Blogs for 2016

December 19, 2016
As we near the end of 2016, we wanted to take a look at the top five most read Industrial and Environmental blogs for this year. This year's top blogs focused on BIO's World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology:

  1. Registration Opens for April 2016 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in San Diego - The 2016 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology was held at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. The 2016 Conference drew around 907 industry leaders from 529 companies, 32 countries and 31 states and hosted more than 1,961 partnering meetings, nearly a 40% increase from the 2015 BIO World Congress. Read our closing release here and learn more about our 2017 conference here or follow @IAmBiotech at #BIOWC17.

  2. #BIOWC16 Workshop: BASF and Avantium Joint Venture to Lead in the Production of FDCA and PEF - On Day 3 of the 2016 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, BIO hosted a Workshop titled “BASF and Avantium Joint Venture: Global Market and Technology Leadership on FDCA and PEF.” BASF and Avantium had just announced their joint venture for the production and commercialization of furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) and polyethylenefuranoate (PEF). Read the blog to find out more about this partnership.

  3. Integrating the Production of Biofuels and Bioproducts through Advanced Biotechnology - Jonathan Male, Director for the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), Office of Energy Effienciency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the Department of Energy submitted a guest blog which provided an overview on the Agency's efforts to focus on strategies that capitalize on revenue from bioproducts to improve the economic feasibility of advanced biofuel production.

  4. J. Craig Venter, Ph.D to Receive the 2016 BIO George Washington Carver Award - BIO 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. Read the blog to find out more about the award and note that BIO will begin accepting nominations for the 2017 Award in February.

  5. #BIOWC16: “Building Aromaticity in Renewable Chemicals” - This blog focused on one of our more popular sessions at the 2016 BIO World Congress. Panelists focused their work in building aromatic molecules. Specifically, DuPont and ADM are in partnership to produce Furan Dicarboxylic Methyl Ester (FDME) from fructose using a new process. The monomer FDME can be polymerized with 1,3- propanediol, (Bio-PDO™), and the resulting synthetic polymer has some very unique properties. Read the blog to learn more.