Recapping OSF at BIO 2013

Last week, the Biotechnology Industry Organization had their annual BIO 2013 convention in Chicago. Our president Neal Carter was in attendance, but he did much more than just “attend”! Neal was one of six panelists at the April 23rd “media breakfast” where panelists were asked many great questions about public opinion, biotech labeling, industry transparency and much more. Plus, he got to meet a major VIP in biotech media/education – Frank N. Foode (pictured)! Later that day, Neal delivered a presentation titled “Challenges and Opportunities for Small Companies in AgBiotech: Collaborating and Competing with the Majors”. He discussed the unique
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Dr. Michael Neff: Renovating our food system

We are pleased to share a guest blog from Dr. Michael Neff, who is the Director of Washington State University’s Molecular Plant Sciences Graduate Program. Also an Associate Professor of Crop Biotechnology at WSU, his expertise and experience with agricultural biotechnology is matched only by his passion for education. Dr. Neff has recently applied to present a TEDx talk on agricultural biotechnology, much like OSF President Neal Carter did last October, and here he shares what his talk will be about and why it’s such an important subject: On June 1st Western Washington University will host TEDxWWU, which has a
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The next wave of biotech crops

Biotech crops have been widespread in the marketplace for nearly twenty years and have had great success – but the best is yet to come! We are better equipped to deal with the numerous agricultural challenges we face due to our advancements in understanding plant genomics. First and foremost among these challenges is a rapidly rising global population. It’s been well-documented that, according to the UN, the global population is projected to rise to ~9 billion by 2040 and the world will need “at least 50 percent more food” by 2030. Feeding a couple billion extra people will be no
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OSF’s Neal Carter presents TEDx talk

Recently, I was given the fantastic opportunity of delivering a presentation on agricultural biotechnology and its benefits at a TEDx event in Penticton, BC. I firmly believe in the value biotechnology can offer the agriculture industry and the global community, so I was excited to be asked to share these views through an amazing outlet like TEDx. I am convinced of the benefits biotechnology provides our global population, including saving lives. I have a unique perspective from working around the world as a bioresource engineer for nearly three decades, in addition to my experience as an orchardist and as the
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