Category: Thought Leadership

Section 9003’s Success Helps Insure More Capital for Biorefineries

Section 9003’s Success Helps Insure More Capital for Biorefineries

February 10, 2016 |

By Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President, Biotechnology Industry Organization USDA’s Section 9003 Program created by the comprehensive Farm Bill has successfully helped fund construction of biofuel biorefineries over the past six years and it is now expanding to launch renewable chemical facilities as well. Like other USDA programs, this loan guarantee enables manufacturers to access […]

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2016 Time to Double-down on Renewable Chemicals

2016 Time to Double-down on Renewable Chemicals

February 1, 2016 |

By Corinne Young and Michele Jalbert, re:chem Alliance For all of 2015’s turbulence in the renewable chemical sector, in one area – US government policy – the industry saw marked progress. For the last two years, the Renewable Chemical & Advanced Materials Alliance (re:chem), in concert with other stakeholders, has relentlessly advocated for several policy […]

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Are Biobased Products Clean and Safe?

Are Biobased Products Clean and Safe?

January 28, 2016 |

By Steve Hentges, special to The Digest In a recent column, GFBiochemicals Chief Commercial Officer Marcel van Berkel wrote about the potential of levulinic acid as a biobased platform chemical. As an example, he mentioned that health concerns have been raised about bisphenol A (BPA, a widely used synthetic chemical) and that diphenolic acid (DPA, derived […]

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Engineers are from Mars, business developers are from Venus

Engineers are from Mars, business developers are from Venus

January 10, 2016 |

By Mark Warner, PE, Founder, Warner Advisors LLC, Special to The Digest What does a relationship book from the 1990’s have to do with successfully scaling up biotechnology? More than you would expect. In this case, we are substituting engineers and business developers, then focusing on the differences in how they view biotechnology commercialization and the […]

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Behind the Renewable Energy Curtain in California

Behind the Renewable Energy Curtain in California

December 23, 2015 |

By James L. Stewart, special to The Digest At this month’s COP21 Conference in Paris, California’s two most recent Governors, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown, heralded the legislative and regulatory initiatives of the past decade that have placed California in the forefront of environmental and climate change policy. These programs most certainly provided inspiration for […]

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The Next Wave of Industrial Biotechnology (with Bicycles, Unicorns & Rainbows)

The Next Wave of Industrial Biotechnology (with Bicycles, Unicorns & Rainbows)

December 22, 2015 |

By Sam Nejame, Special to the Digest Early last month I travelled to San Francisco for a conference. Over the weekend I and some old college friends cycled through Marin. In rain and fog we spun up long steady climbs then bombed hairy twisting descents through the famed redwoods. When my borrowed bicycle needed a […]

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Consumers go ‘green.’ Are we leveraging this trend enough?

Consumers go ‘green.’ Are we leveraging this trend enough?

December 16, 2015 |

Novozymes’ Sebastian Søderberg on how the growing consumer trend to choose ‘green’ products can help the cellulosic ethanol industry take off. Why would people be willing to pay more for an environmentally friendly product? I believe consumers are becoming increasingly aware and concerned about the damage their consumption can cause to the planet. With this […]

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EPA’s Contradictory Rule Is A Gut Punch to Advanced Biofuels

EPA’s Contradictory Rule Is A Gut Punch to Advanced Biofuels

December 9, 2015 |

By Brent Erickson, Executive Vice-President, BIO After a painful and damaging two-year delay, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week published Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) for 2014, 2015 and 2016. Unfortunately, the agency finalized a rule riddled with contradictions and confusing logic. EPA asserts that Congress gave it the authority to slow down the RFS […]

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What makes scale-up of industrial biotechnology so difficult?

What makes scale-up of industrial biotechnology so difficult?

December 2, 2015 |

By Mark Warner, PE, Founder, Warner Advisors LLC, Special to The Digest Two questions have dominated the responses received after my Lessons Learned series on commercializing industrial biotechnology (here) and the deep-dive into the industrial biotechnology commercialization process (here), the questions are what makes scale-up of industrial biotechnology so difficult and of course how can risk […]

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Innovation to Tackle Climate Change and Feed a Growing Population: Commercializing Synthetic Biology

Innovation to Tackle Climate Change and Feed a Growing Population: Commercializing Synthetic Biology

December 1, 2015 |

By Vonnie Estes, Special to The Digest Around the world, manufacturers make everyday products, from food to containers to fabrics, using processes and ingredients developed decades to centuries ago. These manufacturing systems have enabled impressive economic growth and raised the global standard of living. But as the land, water, and fossil fuel resources those systems […]

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