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The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) has announced the creation of the BIO Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology to be presented to an outstanding woman in the industrial biotechnology sector who has made significant contributions to the advancement of the biobased economy and biotechnology innovation. The inaugural award will be presented at this year's BIO Pacific Rim (PacRim) Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, to be held December 7-9, 2014, in San Diego, California. BRAG is the proud sponsor of the Women in Industrial Biotechnology Reception, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 7, 2014, which is open to all attendees of PacRim but does require an RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


This newly created award is meant to honor the unique achievements of Rosalind Franklin and her contributions to the field of biotechnology, and to recognize the modern achievements of women currently excelling in the industrial biotechnology space. "A renowned chemist, Rosalind Franklin achieved milestones in her field including a significant contribution to the discovery of the structure of DNA. This award will highlight recent advancements in industrial biotechnology innovation and growth of the biobased economy by honoring individual women in this biotech sector," stated Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President of BIO's Industrial and Environmental Section.


Those interested in submitting a nomination for this Award will be able to do so through October 16, 2014. Click here to download the nomination form.
 


 

EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards promote the environmental and economic benefits of developing and using novel green chemistry. These prestigious annual awards recognize chemical technologies that incorporate the principles of green chemistry into chemical design, manufacture, and use. Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG™) member Elevance Renewable Sciences was a Presidential Green Chemistry Award Winner in 2012. While applications for 2014 are due on April 30, 2014, it is not too soon to begin thinking and preparing for a 2015 submission. EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) sponsors the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards in partnership with the American Chemical Society (ACS) Green Chemistry Institute® and other members of the chemical community, including industry, trade associations, academic institutions, and other government agencies.


Throughout the 18 years of the awards program, EPA has presented awards to 93 winners. Since its inception in 1996 through 2012, EPA has received 1,490 nominations. By recognizing groundbreaking scientific solutions to real-world environmental problems, the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge has significantly reduced the hazards associated with designing, manufacturing, and using chemicals.


According to EPA, through 2013, 93 winning technologies have made billions of pounds of green chemistry progress, including:


*  826 million pounds of hazardous chemicals and solvents eliminated each year -- enough to fill almost 3,800 railroad tank cars or a train nearly 47 miles long.

*  21 billion gallons of water saved each year -- the amount used by 820,000 people annually.

*  7.8 billion pounds of carbon dioxide equivalents released to air eliminated each year -- equal to taking 810,000 automobiles off the road.


More information is available online.
 


 

We are very pleased to announce some of the speakers who are scheduled to participate in the session the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG™) is hosting May 13, 2014, at BIO World Congress, titled "Commercializing Renewable Chemicals and Biobased Products: The Importance of Successfully and Efficiently Navigating the Regulatory Process":


* Tracy Williamson, Ph.D., Chief, Industrial Chemistry Branch, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA;

* David Widawsky, Ph.D., Director -- Economics, Exposure, and Technology Division of EPA and Manager of the EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards; and

* Frank Pacholec, Ph.D., Vice President, R&D/Corporate Sustainability Officer, Stepan Company (Stepan).


Through presentations and panel discussion, this session will fully inform, equip, and assist renewable chemical producers in finding the path of least resistance on the road to commercialization. Topics to be discussed include:


* Overview of the 90-day EPA new chemical notification review process;

* Filling out the Pre-manufacture Notification (PMN) form -- Top Ten Mistakes and How to Avoid Them;

* Challenges posed by chemical identity/nomenclature under U.S. and European Union (EU) law; and

* Leveraging successfully pollution prevention benefits.


The BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology is the world's largest industrial biotechnology event for business leaders, investors, and policy makers in biofuels, biobased products, and renewable chemicals. The congress takes place May 12 - 15, 2014, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Early bird registration ends March 31, 2014. Information and registration is available online.
 


 
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