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California’s Bioeconomy: Opportunities for Leadership

California’s leadership as a bioscience innovator, particularly in health care, is well known.  Spurred by breakthroughs in genetic engineering, DNA sequencing and robotics, biological research is opening up enormous potential on multiple fronts:  improved health outcomes for Californians, higher-yield crops of improved nutritional value, reduced dependence on petroleum-based chemicals, and the development of domestic manufacturing of low-carbon fuels and other products from abundant waste feedstocks.

Please join Synbiobeta for their “Built With Biology — The Bioeconomy Summit” on June 3rd as they identify potential avenues for advancing California’s economic leadership while contributing to the state’s climate and resource protection and enhancement goals.

Register here: https://synbiobeta.com/builtwithbiology/

THE BIOECONOMY

Biobased economy or “bioeconomy” refers to all economic activity derived from scientific and research activity focused on biotechnology. In other words, understanding mechanisms and processes at the genetic and molecular levels and applying this understanding to creating or improving industrial processes.

The forecasted change in climatic conditions and increasing depletion of fossil fuel sources require the economy to be based preferably on renewable resources. Securing global nutrition also demands an increase in productivity with due regard to protecting resources and the environment. Cutting-edge biological and technological knowledge and methods for both intensive and yet sustainable production, provision and processing of biomass may bring about this change in the industrial resource base and contribute to reducing the burden on the environment and to conserving the earth’s finite resources. The bioeconomy offers a future opportunity to reconcile economic growth with environmentally responsible action.