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ASTM honors Dr. Papavinasam for standards contributions.

January 31, 2014

Sankara Papavinasam, Ph.D., president of CorrMagnet Consulting Inc., received Francis LaQue Memorial Award from ASTM International for his leadership and technical expertise in development of standards related to corrosion technology. Established in 1988, LaQue Award is presented by ASTM International Committee G01 on Corrosion of Metals to recognize outstanding contributions to committee as well as field of corrosion testing and evaluation. Read More

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Simulation Exposes Linker's Role in breaking down biomass.

January 31, 2014

By showing that part of enzyme (linker) may play necessary role in breaking down biomass into sugars used to make alternative transportation fuels, supercomputer-based simulation of enzyme from fungus Trichoderma reesei (Cel7A) startled NREL Engineer Gregg Beckham. During this microsecond-long simulation of entire enzyme on surface of cellulose, it came to light that enzyme's linker section started to bind to cellulose and that entire linker binds to surface of cellulose. Read More

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NEMA Publishes Standard for portable lithium cells/batteries.

January 31, 2014

NEMA published ANSI C18.3M, Part 1-2013 American National Standard for Portable Lithium Primary Cells and Batteries—General and Specifications. Applicable to portable lithium primary cells and batteries, this edition includes several electrochemical systems and aims to ensure electrical and physical interchangeability of products from different manufacturers, minimize proliferation of cell and battery types, as well as define performance and provide guidance for assessment. Read More

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Diamond-Silk Material supports biological imaging.

January 31, 2014

Just tens of nanometers across, Silk-Coated Diamonds glow when illuminated with certain kinds of light and can be injected into living cells, enabling biologists to untangle molecular circuitry that governs cellular behavior. Particles may also allow doctors to send infection-fighting antibiotics to targeted areas of the body. Team of researchers from Australia and the U.S. describes this hybrid material in paper published in The Optical Society’s journal Biomedical Optics Express. Read More

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NACD Opposes IST in joint industry letter to White House.

January 30, 2014

In their letter to President Obama and Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security, NACD and 12 other associations commended IWG for its work but took exception to portion of recent report regarding Inherently Safer Technologies (IST). "To attempt to overlay an IST requirement would negatively impact all of these various safety and security programs and create an impossible bureaucratic burden," stated the Associations. Read More

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Members of Congress write EPA Administrator in support of RFS.

January 30, 2014

BIO thanks Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Al Franken (D-Minn.), and John Thune (R-S.D.) and 27 additional Senators along with Reps. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) and 29 additional Congress members for letters protesting EPA’s 2014 proposed rule for Renewable Fuel Standard. According to Brent Erickson, EPA's proposal to reduce biofuel production and use could threaten development of advanced and cellulosic biofuels and put job creation at risk. Read More

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ISPE confirms keynote speakers for ISPE Aseptic Conference.

January 30, 2014

Thomas Arista, Investigator/National Expert-Biotech, FDA/ORA/ORO/DDFI, and Richard Friedman, Associate Director, Office of Manufacturing & Product Quality, FDA/CDER/OMPQ have been confirmed as keynote speakers at ISPE’s 23rd Annual Conference on Barrier Isolation, RABS and Aseptic Processing Technology. Conference will also feature top aseptic processing experts from FDA, Merck, Merck Vaccines, Genentech, Novartis, BiogenIdec, AstraZeneca, Boehringer-Ingelheim, and Eisai. Read More

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Annual BIO Conference to highlight biotech outlook.

January 30, 2014

BIO announced plenary sessions, Business Roundtables, and Therapeutic Workshops selected for 16th annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference. Scheduled for Feb 10–11, conference will feature biotech, pharma, and Wall Street leaders sharing their candid insights on what to expect in 2014 and beyond. Plenary Sessions will address upcoming year, using results of joint BIO/ISI published Buy-Side Perception Study, as well as dissect new capital market environment’s impact on fundraising. Read More