BIO Welcomes New Member Companies to Industrial & Environmental Section

New members expand BIO&rsquo;s representation of multinational companies and include The Coca-Cola Company, Plum Creek, and LanzaTech&nbsp;</p>

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today welcomed new members Calysta Energy, American Science and Technology Corporation, LanzaTech, The Coca-Cola Company, Lignol Energy Corporation, Neol Biosolutions, and Plum Creek.

 Additionally, BIO welcomed Scott Vitters, General Manager, PlantBottle™ Packaging Platform, The Coca-Cola Company to its Industrial and Environmental Section Governing Board. BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section represents companies at every stage of the value chain in renewable feedstock, biofuel, biobased product and renewable chemical production.

 Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section, said, “BIO represents a growing number of both large and small companies from around the world who are developing innovative industrial biotechnology solutions. Our diverse member companies represent the entire value chain, from renewable feedstocks and crops to advanced fuels, renewable chemicals, and biobased products. BIO champions policies that support the robust growth of a new industry that makes a significant contribution to economic growth, energy security and a cleaner environment.”

 Scott Vitters added, “The Coca-Cola Company has been advancing the science behind packaging made from plants, working with partners who share our vision for the future. We are pleased to join the Biotechnology Industry Organization, whose members share the common goal of developing breakthrough science for products made from renewable resources rather than fossil fuels.”

 BIO’s Industrial and Environmental Section now has more than 85 member companies. New members include:

 American Science and Technology Corporation, based in Chicago, has developed an integrated process for converting biomass to sugars and bio-oil for renewable fuels and chemicals as well as lignin for biobased products.

 Calysta Energy, in Menlo Park, Calif., uses a cost-effective biotechnology solution to convert abundant natural gas to fuels and chemicals.

 The Coca-Cola Company, with worldwide headquarters in Atlanta, produces PlantBottle™ packaging, a fully recyclable plastic beverage bottle made from up to 30 percent renewable biomass.

 LanzaTech, a New Zealand company with U.S. headquarters in Chicago, has developed a fermentation process that produces low carbon fuels and chemicals from waste gas.

 Plum Creek, of Seattle, is one of the largest and most geographically diverse private forest and timber managers in the United States.

 Lignol Energy Corporation, of Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, is developing biorefining technologies for cellulosic biofuels, renewable chemicals and biobased products.

 Neol Biosolutions, of Granada, Spain – a joint venture between energy company Repsol and Neuron Bio –is optimizing microbes for converting biomass to renewable fuel.