Business Briefs

By Staff | May 21, 2013

BIO welcomes new members, adds to governing board
The Biotechnology Industry Organization has added several new members to its Industrial & Environmental Section, including Calysta Energy, American Science and Technology Corp., LanzaTech, The Coca-Cola Co., Lignol Energy Corp., Neol Biosolutions and Plum Creek. In addition, BIO has appointed Scott Vitters, general manager of The Coca-Cola Co.’s PlantBottle Packaging Platform, to the governing board of its Industrial & Environmental Section. The section represents companies at every stage of the value chain in renewable feedstock, biobased product and renewable chemical production.

Berkley biochemical professor wins Washington Carver award
The Biotechnology Industry Organization named Jay Keasling as the recipient of its 2013 George Washington Carver Award. Keasling is a professor of biochemical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, an associate laboratory director at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, CEO of the Joint BioEnergy Institute, and director of the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center. He was recognized for his contributions in the field of synthetic biology promoting the use of engineering microbes to produce biofuels, medicines and cosmetic compounds from sugar and other forms of biomass.

Forestry Endowment names chief financial officer
The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities has announced the addition of Signe Cann as chief financial officer. In her new role, Cann will be responsible for the Endowment’s finances and organization efficiency. Prior to joining the Endowment on a full-time basis, she had been conducting a short-term consulting project on ways to enhance the organization’s financial systems. In January, she accepted the role of interim CFO.

Niebling rejoins INRS
Charlie Niebling has rejoined Innovative Natural Resources Solutions LLC. He served as a partner with the company in the mid-1990s. INRS is a natural resource consulting company with offices in New Hampshire and Maine that specializes in renewable energy and forest sustainability. As a member of the INRS team, he will continue to work in the biomass thermal sector, in both development and strategic communications. For the past seven years, Niebling was the general manager of New England Wood Pellet. He maintains a consulting agreement with NEWP. Neibling was a founder and first board chair of the Biomass Thermal Energy Council and recently received the 2013 International Excellence in BioEnergy Award from BBI International.

BPA announces additions to board of directors
The Biomass Power Association has announced Tom Beck, chief commercial officer of ReEnergy Holdings Inc., as its new chairman of the board. Paula Soos, vice president of government relations at Covanta Energy Corp., the current chair, will serve as vice-chair. Bill Libro, director of government affairs for Minnesota Power, and Marvin Burchfield, vice president of the solid fuel business unit at FSE Energy, are joining the board as new members.