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Heard on the Floor at the BIO World Congress: Dinneen Steps Down at RFA, Cooper Succeeds; EPA Hearings in DC; Organic Solar Cells; Lygos rockin’; Biomaterials Advance; Iffy News for Algae Tech.

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by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … News spread like wildfire at the 2018 BIO World Congress in Philadelphia that Renewable Fuels Association CEO Bob Dinneen will transition into the role of RFA’s Senior Strategic Advisor, and Executive Vice President Geoff Cooper will assume the position of President and CEO in October 2018.

Cooper joined RFA in 2008 as the organization’s director of Research and Analysis and had ascended to executive vice president by 2016. He previously worked on ethanol issues for the National Corn Growers Association and served as a Captain in the U.S. Army, specializing in bulk petroleum product logistics.

The floor was buzzing about EPA hearings in Washington, where farm leaders and renewable energy innovators urged Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to quickly reverse the damage done under former Administrator Scott Pruitt, who was dismissed after drawing scorn in struggling rural communities for destroying demand for crop-based biofuels.

Word came through from Lygos of a $15.5 million Series B financing led by IA Ventures and First Round Capital. Y Combinator Continuity Fund and OS Fund also participated in the financing. The Company has now raised a total of $40 million in equity financing, including non-equity government funding from the US Department of Energy, US Department of Agriculture, and National Science Foundation.

Lygos’ proprietary platform is based on a high-throughput combination of computational modeling, unique microbe engineering and screening, combined with deep learning to identify and develop new bio-routes to chemicals. Lygos uses modern biotechnology to deliver the benefits of petroleum-based and other industrial chemical technology at competitive prices.

Tech advances of note

An advance in biomaterials addresses a pressing need in advanced dentistry, specifically implants

Organic solar cells are on the docket this week also. 25 researchers from seven research institutes have put their heads together to draw up rules for designing high-efficiency organic solar cells. The research is led by Feng Gao, associate professor at Linköping University, Sweden appears this week in Nature Materials.

Organic solar cells, made from carbon-based materials, present unique advantages compared with other solar cell technologies. For example, they can be manufactured through low-cost printing technologies, and they can be made semi-transparent with selectable colors, which can be used architecturally in building integration. Their flexibility and low weight make them perfect for powering the sensors for the internet of things applications. A key challenge facing the development of organic solar cells is that they usually have large energy losses. New design tules address the shortfalls.

In iffy news for algae tech, new evidence out this week shows there is little or no effect of omega 3 supplements on the risk of experiencing heart disease, stroke or death. READ MORE

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