Reflections on the 2015 CED Life Science Conference

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to present at the 2015 CED Life Science Conference in Raleigh. The annual conference is organized by the CED, an NC-based entrepreneur support organization; the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and the North Carolina Biosciences Organization. The event brings together entrepreneurs, researchers, business organizations, investors, venture capitalists and industry…

Proteases – the Good, the Bad and the Less Digestible…

Our previous blog post described the various feed enzymes in use by the poultry industry. While many of the enzymes listed, such as phytase and the carbohydrases, have been extensively researched and optimized, the introduction and use of protease feed enzymes is fairly recent and an area of much interest worldwide due to fluctuations in…

Corn in your Chevy, Grass in your Ford, Algae in your Toyota

Three hundred years ago, wind (e.g., windmills) and water (e.g., ships and water wheels) powered our machinery. Animals pulled our transport vehicles. Burning wood chips and sawdust cooked our food. You could say that before the Industrial Revolution, there were no “alternatives” for energy—it was wherever and however you could get it. Then we figured…