By George: BIO Announces Jay Keasling its 2013 George Washington Carver Award Winner

  By George: BIO Announces Jay Keasling its 2013 George Washington Carver
  Award Winner

 Chemical Engineering Professor at University of California, Berkeley Honored
                  for Innovation in Industrial Biotechnology

BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology 2013

Business Wire

WASHINGTON -- April 18, 2013

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) named Dr. Jay Keasling as the
recipient of its 2013 George Washington Carver Award for innovation in
industrial biotechnology.

A panel selected Keasling, a professor of biochemical engineering at
University of California, Berkeley; associate laboratory director at Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory; CEO of the Joint BioEnergy Institute; and
director of Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center, for his
contributions to the field of synthetic biology promoting the use of
engineering microbes to produce biofuels, medicines and even cosmetic
compounds from simple ingredients like sugar cane and grasses.

Keasling will receive the award and deliver a keynote address during a June 18
plenary lunch session at BIO’s 10^th Annual World Congress on Industrial
Biotechnology. The conference is being held at the Palais des congrès de

“I am honored to receive the 2013 George Washington Carver Award for
contributing to research and commercialization of synthetic biology,” Keasling
said. “I truly believe that through synthetic biology all petroleum-based
products can be produced from sugar-based microbes resulting in cleaner
processes and slowing global warming.”

The award is named after Carver, one of the founding fathers of the chemurgy
movement, a branch of applied chemistry focused on preparing industrial
products from raw agricultural materials. Biotechnology is the modern-day
equivalent, and the award honors individuals for carrying on Carver’s legacy.

“The field has developed in ways that Carver may never have imagined, but the
work of industrial biotech companies remains true to the goal of a sustainable
bio-economy,” said Brent Erickson, executive vice president for BIO’s
Industrial & Environmental Section. “BIO is pleased to honor Keasling for his
break-through work in synthetic biology. Using synthetic biology, Keasling is
developing processes that commercialize replacements for petroleum-based
products consumers use every day from hard plastics and paints to soda
bottles, cosmetics and car tires.”

Past recipients of the Carver Award are Dr. Patrick Gruber, CEO of Gevo, Inc.,
in 2008; Charles O. Holliday, Jr., chairman of the board of DuPont in 2009;
Gregory Stephanopoulos, the Willard Henry Dow Professor of Chemical
Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010; Feike Sijbesma,
CEO of Royal DSM in 2011; and Steen Riisgaard, president and CEO of Novozymes
in 2012.

Registration is now open for the 2013 BIO World Congress coming to Montréal,
Canada, June 16-19 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. Please
visit additional information, or email It’s 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.

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 International Convention
April 22 – 25, 2013
Chicago, IL

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

BIO IPCC Conference
November 6-8, 2013
Washington, DC

Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioenergy
December 8-11, 2013
San Diego, CA


Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
Colleen Lerro, 202-470-5207
Twitter: @IAmBiotech
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