BIO Announces Jay Keasling its 2013 George Washington Carver Award Winner for Innovation in Industrial Biotechnology
In Washington, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) named Dr. Jay Keasling as the recipient of its 2013 George Washington Carver Award for innovation in industrial biotechnology. A panel selected Keasling, a professor of biochemical engineering at University of California, Berkeley; associate laboratory director at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; CEO of the Joint BioEnergy Institute; and director of Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center, for his contributions to the field of synthetic biology promoting the use of engineering microbes to produce biofuels, medicines and even cosmetic compounds from simple ingredients like sugar cane and grasses. Keasling will receive the award and deliver a keynote address during a June 18 plenary lunch session at BIO’s 10th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology. The conference is being held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal.