Category: Thought Leadership

The Circuitry in Our Cells

The Circuitry in Our Cells

January 22, 2018 |

By Alec A.K. Nielsen Originally published at asimov.io, republished with permission If you’re reading this, you’re probably biological. As you sit quietly, trillions of cells in your body are performing a frenetic dance of biochemical computation that makes your existence possible. Consider this: You were once a single cell – a fertilized egg. This single cell […]

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Carbon Dioxide to Chemicals and Fuels

Carbon Dioxide to Chemicals and Fuels

January 17, 2018 |

By Ron Cascone, Principal, Nexant, Inc. Special to The Digest Emissions of carbon dioxide by industrial and chemical processes have come under increasing pressure in recent years with regulatory and consumer scrutiny. A number of industrial and commercial consortia and individual companies are committing to major reductions in their carbon footprints. Although technical solutions for […]

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Ethanol To The Rescue of Higher Gas Prices

Ethanol To The Rescue of Higher Gas Prices

January 16, 2018 |

by Dave VanderGriend, Urban Air Initiative — Special to The Digest While it might be a bit overly dramatic to call it a gathering storm, there are already clear signs that the low gasoline prices we have been enjoying for the last several years are about to come to end. A lot of people might forget that […]

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Bringing Innovative Foods to Market

Bringing Innovative Foods to Market

January 15, 2018 |

By Mark Warner, PE, Founder, Warner Advisors LLC Special to The Digest Food is a rapidly changing landscape with many emerging technologies; meat without the cow, eggs without the chicken and sushi without the fish to name a few. These products come from advanced biotechnology, deeply rooted in technology used for pharmaceutical production. Key compounds are […]

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A New Years Resolution for EPA: Do Your Job!

A New Years Resolution for EPA: Do Your Job!

January 1, 2018 |

By Doug Sombke, South  Dakota Farmers Union Special to The Digest This time of year many of us wrestle with New Years Resolutions–what can we do that we did not do last year? What can we do better? How can we improve ourselves and maybe in the process make the world a better place? Well, for […]

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How EtOH production affects yeast health: 4 tips for dealing with ethanol stress

How EtOH production affects yeast health: 4 tips for dealing with ethanol stress

December 18, 2017 |

By Dale Earls, Scientist, Novozymes Special to The Digest It turns out that too much of a good thing can actually be a bad thing—even when it comes to ethanol. At least in terms of the fermentation process. In commercial yeasts available today, as fermentation progresses and the concentration of ethanol rises, yeast cells are […]

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As ships risk “Unseaworthy” rating, warns IMO, bioenergy is a key to saving them

As ships risk “Unseaworthy” rating, warns IMO, bioenergy is a key to saving them

December 11, 2017 |

By Ron Cascone, Principal, Nexant, Inc. Special to The Digest Reuters reported on November 16, 2017 an International Maritime Organization (IMO) declaration that ships not meeting stack sulfur emission limits through reductions in the sulfur content of their fuel or by installing scrubbers risk being declared “unseaworthy”. Ship owners and refiners are in a quandary […]

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SCOTUS watch: can tribunals replace juries in nixing patents?

SCOTUS watch: can tribunals replace juries in nixing patents?

November 29, 2017 |

By Lisa V. Mueller, Partner, Industry Group Chair, Life Sciences, Michael, Best & Friedrich Special to The Digest On November 27, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear arguments in Oil States Energy Services LLC. v. Greene’s Energy Group. It’s no “ho-hum” case. If you or your company has any issued patents or is worried […]

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Lead, Squabble or Waffle Away: Shuffling the Deck on Global Bioenergy

Lead, Squabble or Waffle Away: Shuffling the Deck on Global Bioenergy

November 27, 2017 |

By Gerard Ostheimer and Douglas L. Faulkner Special to The Digest While Washington squabbles and Brussels waffles on renewable fuels policy, the rest of the world is eager to grow an advanced bioeconomy to meet urgent needs for energy security, green growth and rural development. In the U.S., fighting between Big Ag and Big Oil […]

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Industrial biotech sector calls for an ambitious revision of EU Bioeconomy Strategy

Industrial biotech sector calls for an ambitious revision of EU Bioeconomy Strategy

November 22, 2017 |

In Brussels, on the EU Bioeconomy Policy Day, EuropaBio called for an ambitious revision of the European Bioeconomy Strategy. Such a revision would help tackle climate change and meet the needs of a growing population whilst boosting Europe’s resource efficiency, competitiveness and long-term economic growth. “To achieve this, the revision must put in place a […]

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