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Media Advisory: J. Craig Venter, Ph.D to Receive the 2016 BIO George Washington Carver Award

April 14, 2016

What:  Dr. Craig Venter will deliver remarks and will be presented the George Washington Carver Award by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) at the 2016 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in San Diego on Monday, April 18. The George Washington Carver Award is presented annually to honor an individual for carrying on the legacy of 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.

Date:          Monday, April 18, 2016
Time:           12:00pm PST - 2:15pm PST
Who:           Dr. Craig Venter, J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) 
Location:    Ballroom 6AB
                     San Diego Convention Center
                     111 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101


Background: A special selection committee of scientists and leaders in the field chose Venter for opening new outlooks on impactful applications in a biobased economy and for industrial sustainability. Dr. Venter’s contributions to the sequencing of Haemophilous influenzae in 1995 and of the human genome in 2000 stand as two major milestones of biology’s new era. As an academic scientist and an entrepreneur, Dr. Venter has formed and led several organizations including The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR), JCVI, Synthetic Genomics Inc. (SGI), and his most recent company Human Longevity Inc. which promises to revolutionize health care practices and delivery. In all his undertakings he has formed and led multiple teams that have risen to the scientific challenges because of his unique abilities to motivate and inspire.

The Iowa Biotechnology Association is the sponsor of the 2016 BIO George Washington Carver Award.

All programs at the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology are open to attendance by members of the media. Complimentary media registration is available to editors and reporters working full time for print, broadcast or web publications with valid press credentials.

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About BIO
BIO is the world's largest trade association representing 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 BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world. BIOtechNOW is BIO's blog chronicling “innovations transforming our world” and the BIO Newsletter is the organization’s bi-weekly email newsletter. Subscribe to the BIO Newsletter.

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