Next week I will be attending and speaking at the 2010 Algae Biomass Summit, held each year by the Algal Biomass Organization (ABO). This year’s conference will be in Phoenix from September 27-30. The Summit has become perhaps the premier annual conference for the algae industry, and the ABO expects more than 800 attendees from all sectors of the industry, ranging from researchers and academia to algae producers to algae end-users.
I will be appearing on a panel on Tuesday, September 28 entitled “Green Policies Beyond Greenbacks: Short and Long Term Policy Considerations”, along with several others from industry, government and academia. My talk is entitled “Impact of Biotechnology Regulations on Use of Genetically Modified Algae in Biofuel Production”. It’s a large and diverse group of panel members, and each of our presentations will necessarily be short, but I intend to present an overview of the EPA TSCA Biotechnology Rule and USDA’s biotechnology regulations, either of which might affect the use of genetically modified algae in the production of biofuels or for bio-based chemical manufacture, and to discuss these rules in the context of ensuring that a reasonable, science-based regulatory framework is put into place for the anticipated use of engineered algae for these purposes.
I’ll be posting my slides after the talk, and I’ll provide a link in a blog entry shortly after the conference. I also hope to be blogging during or shortly after the conference to report on any interesting news or information that I may learn on topics relevant to the focus of this blog. As always, please feel free to comment or contact me with any questions you may have.
D. Glass Associates, Inc. is a consulting company specializing in several fields of biotechnology. David Glass, Ph.D. is a veteran of nearly thirty years in the biotech industry, with expertise in patents, technology licensing, industrial biotechnology regulatory affairs, and market and technology assessments. This blog provides back-up and expanded content to complement a presentation Dr. Glass is making at the EUEC 2010 conference on February 2, 2010 entitled “Prospects for the Use of Genetic Engineering in Biofuel Production.” The slides from that presentation, along with more information on D. Glass Associates’ regulatory affairs consulting capabilities, are available at www.slideshare.net/djglass99 or at www.dglassassociates.com.