BIO Congratulates Harry Baumes on Appointment as Director of USDA Office of Energy Policy and New Uses

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Tuesday, December 14, 2010) - The biotechnology industry pledges to work with USDA leadership to commercialize biomass energy, biofuel and biobased products. The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today congratulated the newly appointed Director of USDA Office of Energy Policy and New Uses Harry Baumes, who has served as acting director since January 2010. BIO Executive Vice President for the Industrial Biotechnology Section Brent Erickson released the following statement:

“Industrial biotechnology developed by U.S. companies enables the production of plastics, chemicals, and fuels from renewable biomass resources. The United States could become the world leader in meeting growing market demand for renewable materials by commercializing these technologies. These innovations could revitalize U.S. manufacturing and generate tens of thousands of jobs over the next few years.

“The USDA has been a leader in supporting commercialization of renewable biomass, advanced biofuels and biobased products, through the Energy Title of the Farm Bill, the Biofuels Interagency Working Group, and the BioPreferred Program. The industry welcomes and congratulates Mr. Baumes and looks forward to continued work with the USDA to move forward with policies that support the ongoing, important development of biotechnology companies across the United States.”


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