World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


The Future Is Now: Biotechnology Conference

"Showcasing the Bioeconomy: The Future is Now" Biotechnology Conference

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 24, 2014

________________________________________
On Monday, March 24, the U.S. Department of State hosted the “Showcasing the Bioeconomy: The Future is Now” biotechnology conference attended by over 150 members of the diplomatic corps, researchers, and U.S. policy makers.

The conference focused on innovations in three areas - agricultural, health, and industrial biotechnology - with speakers discussing opportunities for job growth and economic development presented by the global bioeconomy, the current policy climate, and regulatory trends.

During opening remarks, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs William E. Craft underscored the importance of innovation and new technology as part of Secretary Kerry’s Shared Prosperity Agenda. White House Assistant Director of Biotechnology Mike Stebbins highlighted the White House’s National Bioeconomy Blueprint and its new developments in synthetic biology, proteomics, and bioinformatics.

On agricultural biotechnology, speakers highlighted innovations which include the “no-browning apple” that reduces food waste, a glowing plant that helps communities living with little or no electricity resources, and genetically-engineered insects that reduce disease and crop damage.

Researchers and innovators in the health bioeconomy discussed their discoveries in cancer detection and targeted approaches for developing countries. The participants described the importance of health innovation and the need for low-cost solutions to address current public health concerns.

On industrial biotechnology, speakers highlighted new ways of mining minerals using genetically modified microbes, designing organisms on demand using synthetic biology, and the uses of 3D printing to create novel devices.

Expert panels throughout the day examined overarching themes such as intellectual property, data management, education, and regulatory hurdles.

During closing remarks, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Kerri-Ann Jones highlighted ways the Department of State prioritizes science, innovation and entrepreneurship to solve problems and stimulate economic growth.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Ban Condemns Killing Of Former Lesotho Military Commander

United Nations Secretary-General today condemned the killing of Lt. Gen. Maaparankoe Mahao, former Commander of the Lesotho Defence Force, on 25 June, near Maseru. More>>

Ban Welcomes US Supreme Court Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage

Ban welcomes US Supreme Court ruling guaranteeing right to same-sex marriage Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) pride march. Photo: OHCHR/Joseph Smida More>>

UN Agency Welcomes EU Measures On Refugee Arrivals

Afghan refugees in front of the abandoned hotel Captain Elias on Kos Island, Greece, where hundreds of refugees and migrants are waiting for their registration. Photo: UNHCR/J. Akkash More>>

Increase In Voluntary Blood Donors Can Save Millions Of Lives

Increase in voluntary blood donors can save millions of lives, UN health agency says on World Day More>>

Kenya: Funding Shortage Means Food Cut To 500,000 Refugees

Funding shortage forces UN agency to temporarily cut food aid to 500,000 refugees in Kenya More>>

UN Launches Education Appeal In Fight Against Child Labour

12 June 2015 – The United Nations has announced it is marking the 2015 edition of the World Day Against Child Labour with a call for the international community to invest in quality education as a key step in the fight against child employment ... More>>

Pope Francis & UN Agency On Sustainability Of Agriculture

Pope Francis (centre) with delegates to the 39th FAO Conference during a special audience at the Vatican. Photo: FAO More>>

South Sudan: Call For De-Escalation Of In-Country Conflict

Women and children have suffered devastating attacks in South Sudan’s Unity State. Photo: UNICEF/South Sudan/Sebastian Rich More>>

Burundi: Emergency Support To Refugees Fleeing Burundi Crisis

Burundians fleeing pre-election violence rest on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in the Democratic Republic of Congo after a gruelling 22-hour boat journey. More than 100,000 Burundians have fled over the past month, arriving in Tanzania, Rwanda and ... More>>

Afghanistan: Commitment To Advancing Women's Rights

While the outgoing senior United Nations rights official in Afghanistan said she expected the human rights advances made “will be sustained, will not be rolled back, and will not be sacrificed,” she lamented the high level of violence against ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news