Nominations Open for the BIO George Washington Carver Award for Innovation in Industrial Biotech

  Nominations Open for the BIO George Washington Carver Award for Innovation
  in Industrial Biotech

BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology 2013

Business Wire

WASHINGTON -- February 6, 2013

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced that it is accepting
nominations for the annual George Washington Carver Award to recognize
significant contributions by an individual in the field of industrial
biotechnology, including applications in biological engineering, environmental
science, biorefining and biobased products. The award will be presented at the
10^th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, to be held June
16-19, 2013 in Montreal, Canada.

“We are honoring George Washington Carver because he was a leading figure in
the early ‘chemurgy’ movement, and really one of one of the founding fathers
of modern industrial biotechnology,” said Brent Erickson, executive vice
president of BIO's Industrial & Environmental Section. “Today, his legacy
lives on in industrial biotechnology companies that are developing new methods
to use renewable agricultural resources to manufacture fuels, plastics,
chemicals, pharmaceuticals and food ingredients, just as Carver did during the
first half of the 20th century. Today’s work remains true to his goal – a
sustainable biobased economy that includes production of useful everyday

BIO is now accepting nominations for the George Washington Carver Award.
Download the nomination form and email completed forms to Nominees must be living individuals who have
demonstrated significant and innovative accomplishments employing industrial
biotechnology to advance a biobased economy and industrial sustainability.
Written nominations should highlight the contributions the nominee has made in
using biotechnology for sustainable production of biobased products, materials
and energy. In addition, nominations should include examples of the pioneering
and entrepreneurial spirit of the nominee. The deadline for nominations is
February 28, 2013.

The award honors the original vision of George Washington Carver who, over a
century ago, achieved world renown by using agriculture and science to produce
everyday products, changing the nature of farm economics and sustainability.
Carver devoted his career to teaching sustainable farming, which for him
included developing new uses of agricultural products that could boost farm
profits. To help farmers adopt sustainable practices, Carver and his students
developed more than 300 industrial uses for peanuts, sweet potatoes, and other
crops that could be grown in rotation with cotton and corn. Carver’s
inventions included plastics, glue, soaps, paints, dyes for cloth and leather,
medicines and cosmetic ingredients made from peanuts, sweet potatoes, or other
crops and agricultural residues.

Today, companies are using industrial biotechnology in ways Carver could never
have imagined to manufacture plastics, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and even
food ingredients from renewable agricultural resources. The George Washington
Carver Award will honor individuals in the private sector, government or
academia who have worked toward the important goal of using biotechnology
innovation to develop sustainable bio-based value-chains.

BIO presented the first annual George Washington Carver Award to Dr. Patrick
Gruber, CEO, Gevo, Inc., recognizing his accomplishments in creating and
commercializing a new plastic made from annually renewable resources. Most
recently, BIO honored Novozymes President and CEO Steen Riisgaard as the 2012
winner. Under his leadership, Novozymes is creating tomorrow’s industrial
biotechnology solutions and improving the use of our planet’s resources, while
reducing reliance on fossil fuels.

The world’s largest industrial biotechnology conference for business leaders,
investors, academics and policymakers in biofuels, biobased products,
renewable chemicals, synthetic biology, food ingredients and biomass comes to
Montreal, Canada, June 16-19 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. Please
visit additional information, or email

Online pre-registration for reporters and editors is now open. All breakout
and plenary sessions at the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology are
open to attendance by members of the media. Complimentary media registration
is available to editors and reporters with valid press credentials working
full time for print, broadcast or web publications.

About BIO

BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions,
state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States
and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research
and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and
environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the BIO International
Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along
with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world.
BIO produces BIOtechNOW, an online portal and monthly newsletter chronicling
“innovations transforming our world.” Subscribe to BIOtechNOW.

Upcoming BIO Events

BIO CEO & Investor Conference
February 11 – 12, 2013
New York City, NY

BIO International Convention
April 22 – 25, 2013
Chicago, IL

World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology
June 16 - 19, 2013
Montreal, Canada


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