18 April 2016

BIOWC16 Workshop: “Growing a Billion Ton Bioeconomy in the United States”

Workshop open to all attendees at the 2016 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology

On Sunday, April 17, 2016 from 2:30-4:30pm, USDA will be sponsoring a pre-conference workshop on the potential growth of the national bioeconomy at the 2016 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in San Diego.

The titled of the workshop is “Growing a Billion Ton Bioeconomy in the United States,” and it will be moderated by Todd Campbell, USDA Policy Advisor, Energy and Bioeconomy; and Harry Baumes, USDA, Director, Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, Office of the Chief Economist.

Using ThinkTank Collaborative Technology, moderators plan to solicit input from participants on what opportunities may exist and what challenges need to be confronted in order to achieve a focused and successful bioeconomy vision for the United States.

In preparation for the session, it is strongly encouraged that attendees review the recently released Federal Activities Report on the Bioeconomy. This report is a product of an interagency collaboration under the Biomass Research and Development (R&D) Board, which includes members from the federal agencies, such as, United States Departments of Energy, Agriculture, Interior, Transportation, Defense, and the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy. The report has been prepared to emphasize the significant potential for a stronger United States bioeconomy through the production and use of biofuels, renewable chemicals, biobased products, and biopower.

This workshop will be open to all conference attendees. For more information, please visit http://go.bio.org/WorldCongress2016.html!

Source: Biotechnology Innovation Organization, press release, 2016-04-06.

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