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Surge in Biotech IPOs encouraging ahead of BIO Investor Forum.

August 12, 2013

BIO has opened registration for the 12th Annual BIO Investor Forum. Scheduled for Oct 8–9, 2013, event will assemble public and venture-stage growth companies, as well as top public and private equity investors, to explore investment trends and opportunities in life sciences. Forum will include Plenary Sessions, Business Roundtables, Therapeutic Workshops, Company Presentations, and Fireside Chats led by clinical thought leaders focusing on industry trends. Read More

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EPA updates oil and gas standards for storage tanks.

August 9, 2013

U.S. EPA issued updates to its April 2012 oil and natural gas standards for storage tanks, which allow responsible oil and natural gas production while ensuring air emissions are reduced as quickly as possible. Updates will phase in emission control deadlines, starting with high-emitting tanks first, and will provide time needed to ramp up production and installation of controls. Storage tanks that emit 6 or more tons of VOCs a year must reduce emissions by 95%. Read More

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GE Intelligent Platforms addresses food safety at PACK EXPO.

August 9, 2013

GE Intelligent Platforms will sponsor Food Safety Summit Resource Center at PACK EXPO Las Vegas. In conjunction with sponsorship, GE Intelligent Platforms will deliver 6 presentations highlighting roles of technology and software in food safety and manufacturing. Some topics include: The New Age of the Industrial Internet, Track and Trace: Improve Food Safety by Leveraging Raw Material Intelligence, and Ensuring Operators Consistently Comply to HACCP Requirements Using Digital Work Processes. Read More

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EPA finalizes 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards.

August 9, 2013

As part of ongoing effort to enhance energy security and reduce carbon pollution, EPA finalized 2013 percentage standards for fuel categories that are part of Renewable Fuel Standard program established by Congress. Final 2013 overall volumes and standards require 16.55 billion gallons of renewable fuels to be blended into U.S. fuel supply. Standard specifically requires 1.28 billion gal of biomass-based diesel, 2.75 billion gal of advanced biofuels, and 6.00 million gal of cellulosic biofuels. Read More

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Two New Fellows help guide NREL research.

August 9, 2013

As part of Research Fellows Council, Dr. Maria Ghirardi and Dr. Angelo Mascarenhas, along with 10 current members, will advise NREL executive management on strategic direction of science and technology research at the laboratory. Dr. Ghirardi is involved in basic and applied research and has had extensive experience with photosynthetic organisms. Dr. Mascarenhas is a recognized leader in characterization and physics of semiconductors, particularly those with interesting optoelectronic properties. Read More

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ASTM Standards cover antimicrobial efficacy of solid copper.

August 9, 2013

Subcommittee B05.06, part of ASTM Committee B05 on Copper and Copper Alloys, is developing ASTM WK42235, Test Method for Efficacy of Copper Alloy Surfaces as a Sanitizer; ASTM WK42244, Test Method for Residual Self-Sanitizing Activity of Copper Alloy Surfaces; and ASTM WK42247, Test Method for Continuous Reduction of Bacterial Contamination on Copper Alloy Surfaces. Developed in conjunction with EPA, standards will provide base for evaluation of antimicrobial efficacy of solid copper materials. Read More

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ASTM Standard will test coatings for sewer environments.

August 9, 2013

ASTM WK33537, Practice for Operating the Severe Wastewater Analysis Testing Apparatus, covers apparatus and set of procedures that are used to create and maintain simulated sewer headspace environment to be used to test potential coatings. Testing is done with liquid phase containing prescribed acid and saline solution, and vapor phase consisting of air, humidity, and concentrated sewer gas. Temperature of test chamber is elevated to create accelerated conditions and reaction rates. Read More

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Foundation issues ISA100.11a transducer block specification.

August 8, 2013

As part of FOUNDATION for Remote Operations Management solution implementing wireless and remote I/O, preliminary technical specification defines fieldbus transducer block used within FOUNDATION for ROM devices to communicate with ISA100.11a instruments. In addition, it describes method for configuration tools and asset-managing hosts to access ISA100.11a devices, as well as structures to identify and maintain device status in ISA100.11a networks connected to FOUNDATION for ROM devices. Read More