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10 Industrial Biotechnology Wave Trends to Watch

10 Industrial Biotechnology Wave Trends to Watch

May 25, 2017 |

There are news items, then there are trends, and finally there are wave trends — trends of critical importance and that carry the likelihood of having long-lasting impact. Like the fast ripples that presage a fearsome tsunami, they are not always easy to discern from the ordinary newsflow. What are the Top 10 Wave Trends we’re seeing […]

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USDA bioenergy programs gutted in 2018 Trump Budget: The Digest’s 7-Minute Guide

USDA bioenergy programs gutted in 2018 Trump Budget: The Digest’s 7-Minute Guide

May 24, 2017 |

Rural Business Service to shut down; BCAP, REAP, loan guarantees gone; food stamps, crop insurance slashed. Want to understand what USDA is targeting, cutting, growing or eliminating — but don’t have the time to wade through all 1000+ pages of the budget request? Try our 7-Minute Guide. In Washington, the US Department of Agriculture proposed […]

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Renewables nuked; nukes renewed: Bioenergy slashed 69% as US DOE budget gets detail; The Digest’s 7-Minute Guide to the DOE Budget

Renewables nuked; nukes renewed: Bioenergy slashed 69% as US DOE budget gets detail; The Digest’s 7-Minute Guide to the DOE Budget

May 23, 2017 |

Want to understand what DOE is targeting, cutting, growing or eliminating — but don’t have the time to wade through all 2300+ pages of the budget request? Try our 7-Minute Guide. In Washington, the US Department of Energy submitted a request for a $1.433B cut, or 69.3 percent to the Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy annual […]

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Livin’ La Vida Octane: The quest for torque and affordable, sustainable vroom

Livin’ La Vida Octane: The quest for torque and affordable, sustainable vroom

May 22, 2017 |

Most gearheads with a passion for awesome cars will make at least one pilgrimage to the Petersen Automotive Museum on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. Among it’s many charms, it’s Hot Rod heaven and speed demon dreamland, and the faithful make the Hajj. But the real Mecca of the Muscle Car, where the Rajas of […]

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T Minus 90. Amyris’ next 90 days will say much, and may say all

T Minus 90. Amyris’ next 90 days will say much, and may say all

May 21, 2017 |

Moving fast, but will escape velocity be reached? Amyris reports 164% product revenue jump — yet questions linger. In California, Amyris reported Q1 revenues of $13.0M compared with $8.8M for Q1 2016, and touted the “significant increase in product sales, primarily in the personal care and health and nutrition markets, offset by a slight decline […]

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Ethanol and biodiesel: dropping below the production cost of fossil fuels?

Ethanol and biodiesel: dropping below the production cost of fossil fuels?

May 18, 2017 |

For a number of years, this (now old and outdated, but) very useful chart has been in circulation in energy circles, mapping the supply of energy to the world by looking not at prices, but at production costs. For one thing, it goes a long way to explaining why the price of oil can tumble so […]

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5 conferences, 12 events, 1 place, 1 time: ABLC Next 2017 line-up announced

5 conferences, 12 events, 1 place, 1 time: ABLC Next 2017 line-up announced

May 17, 2017 |

In Florida, The Digest announced that the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference on Next-Gen Technologies (ABLC Next) will be held October 16-18, 2017 at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco, and outlined the agenda, themes and announced a first wave of event speakers. Here’s a special private column by Digest editor Jim Lane on “being seen, […]

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One place, one time, real leaders, real opportunity: looking at ABLC Next 2017

One place, one time, real leaders, real opportunity: looking at ABLC Next 2017

May 17, 2017 |

These days, stakeholders are increasing the pressure on organizations and leaders to bring in investors quickly, leverage partner resources, conserve cash, limit hiring and travel. go capital light, generate cash and convert contacts into customers. It’s a time to “be seen” yet “go lean”. Yet, there are more molecules under development than ever, and all around the globe. In […]

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1 septillion reasons Dad’s CRISPR-Cas9 may already be Toast

1 septillion reasons Dad’s CRISPR-Cas9 may already be Toast

May 16, 2017 |

In the rapid-fire tech and political world of 2017, a day feels like a month, a year is like a generation, and sometimes it feels like 90% of the population hasn’t heard of a technology wave before it is swamped by the next tsunami, and that may well be the case with the first wave of CRISPR-Cas technology. It […]

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BIO World Congress agenda shows industrial biotech diversifying, differentiating, disrupting, disintermediating

BIO World Congress agenda shows industrial biotech diversifying, differentiating, disrupting, disintermediating

May 15, 2017 |

This July, industrial biotech returns to its largest and grandest stage at the BIO World Congress, which convenes in Montreal on July 23rd through the 26th, and the plenary program offers convincing proof that the industry is diversifying fast into chemicals, nutrition, packaging, personal care, Every day, it is touching the consumer more and more […]

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