World-Gen Volume 27 No 1 - page 19

The Hon. James C. Greenwood is
President and CEO of the Biotechnology
Industry Organization (BIO), headquar-
tered in Washington, D.C. BIO is the
world’s largest trade association represent-
ing biotechnology companies and academic
institutions across the United States and in
more than 30 other nations. BIO members
are involved in the research and develop-
ment of innovative healthcare, agricultural,
industrial and environmental biotechnology
Since his appointment in January of
2005, Jim Greenwood has markedly
enhanced BIO’s capacity, increasing both
its staff and budget by nearly fifty percent.
Under Jim’s leadership, BIO has grown
into a world-class advocacy organization
playing a leading role in shaping public pol-
icy on a variety of fronts critical to the suc-
cess of the biotechnology industry at the
state and national levels as well as interna-
The trade association comprises four
organizational sections, one each for
healthcare, emerging, agricultural and
industrial biotechnology companies. BIO’s
industrial biotechnology section is the only
trade association that brings together the
entire value chain of renewable chemical
and biofuel production -- from dedicated
energy crop developers, to technology pro-
viders, to biofuel and renewable chemical
producers, to downstream consumer prod-
uct manufacturers. BIO also hosts several
conferences each year that focus on foster-
ing partnerships between companies
across the bioeconomy value chain.
“One of the most rewarding parts of
my job is working with business and sci-
ence leaders across our industry; men and
women whose vision is rivaled only by
their passion to transform the way our
planet produces energy and the way mil-
lions of products are developed and manu-
factured,” Greenwood says. “Around the
world, we’re seeing significant job creation
and sustainable economic growth as the
biobased economy expands.”
The industrial biotechnology sector
works toward a vision of integrated biore-
fineries that make multiple products from
biomass, the same way oil refineries make
multiple products from petroleum.
Biorefineries that use industrial biotechnol-
ogy can lower manufacturing and produc-
tion costs, reduce or prevent pollution at
the source, and enhance resource conser-
vation. Building a bioeconomy therefore
can revitalize traditional manufacturing in
the U.S. or create new manufacturing
opportunities by leveraging America’s
President and CEO
Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
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