At BIO’s 9th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioprocessing, BIO awarded Steen Riisgaard, Novozymes President and CEO, with its 2012 George Washington Carver Award honoring the vision of Carver, an originator of the “chemurgy” movement who, more than a century ago, achieved world renown by combining agriculture and science to produce everyday biobased products, changing the nature of farm economics and sustainability. Industrial biotechnology is the modern-day equivalent, combining biotech innovations with renewable biomass to create solutions that can revitalize manufacturing and energy.
Steen’s innovation and commitment to research in renewable chemicals has revolutionized industrial biotechnology today, said Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section. He added that Steen demonstrated a tireless dedication to finding new enzymes that reduced cost and increased effectiveness advancing the industry as he was extremely committed to sustainability and an ardent believer in promoting innovation.
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Source: BiotechNOW, 2012-05-02.