Permico Energia looks to build $1.8B Texas pipeline | Celgene, Sutro revise terms of immuno-oncology collaborative agreement | US refiners see higher demand for distillates
August 15, 2017
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Permico Energia looks to build $1.8B Texas pipeline
Permico Energia of Texas is looking to construct a 510-mile pipeline that would be able to transport 330,000 barrels per day through portions of Texas. The $1.8 billion project is set to begin in late 2020 and would also have a storage facility that could hold 8 million barrels, according to company CEO Jeffrey Beicker.
Reuters (8/9) 
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Celgene, Sutro revise terms of immuno-oncology collaborative agreement
Celgene will no longer proceed with the option to acquire Sutro Biopharma and will instead gain global rights to three preclinical programs focused on developing bispecific monoclonal antibodies for undisclosed targets as part of an immuno-oncology collaboration launched in 2012. The companies didn't provide details regarding upfront and milestone payments or royalties.
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (8/10) 
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US refiners see higher demand for distillates
Diesel, heating oil and jet fuel inventories are at the lowest seasonal levels in three years amid higher demand for distillates, analysts say. The trend is helping boost profits for US refiners such as PBF Energy and Valero Energy.
Reuters (8/11) 
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Novel Artemisinin Manufacturing Technologies RFP
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is seeking to fund projects for the development of novel chemical conversion and/or expression technologies for the manufacturing of artemisinin, which is used to treat Malaria. The goal is to facilitate a sustainable supply. For more information, please contact us.
Chemical Technology News
Polydopamine catalyst converts carbon dioxide to chemicals, fuel
Researchers have discovered a non-metal catalyst method for converting carbon dioxide into chemicals, fuels and other applications. The process uses polydopamine to channel electrons more efficiently.
Chemistry World magazine online (tiered subscription model) (8/8) 
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By partnering with Wiley since 2005, AIChE and CCPS are able to serve members with the most up-to-date and trusted resources in chemical engineering. Learn more.
Energy, Sustainability & Safety
12 miles of pipeline to be replaced by Shell Oil
After two ruptures of an oil pipeline in Alameda County, Calif., Shell Oil has heeded the recommendations of the Office of the State Fire Marshal's Pipeline Safety Division and will be replacing over 12 miles of the pipeline. The ruptures occurred in 2015 and 2016, leading the agency to push for replacement of the pipeline as opposed to repair for the first time.
KQED-TV/FM (San Francisco) (8/7) 
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New Calif. refinery rules can cost operators millions
Refineries in California could have to spend about $58 million over the next year to comply with new safety rules. The new rules will take effect on Oct. 1 and were put in place to prevent major accidents.
Bloomberg BNA (free content) (8/7) 
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Biological Engineering & Pharmaceuticals
CRISPR edits to genes in pigs may make transplants possible
Researchers have inactivated porcine endogenous retroviruses using CRISPR-Cas9, paving the way for potentially safer pig-to-human transplants, according to a study published in Science. After 25 retroviruses were edited out of the pig DNA, the genetic material was added to pig eggs, which were implanted in sows who gave birth to piglets with the edited cells.
The Scientist online (8/10) 
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Materials & Nanotechnology
Team develops a new CO sensor
Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science report development of a nanometer-scale carbon monoxide sensor, amplifying its sensitivity with a new fabrication method. The team used polystyrene beads on a silicon substrate to create a hexagonal zinc-oxide nanostructure on the wafer.
The Hindu (India) (8/5) 
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Education & Government Update
Manchin rumored as potential Energy Dept. selection
Sources say the Trump administration is considering naming Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., to succeed Energy Secretary Rick Perry, allowing West Virginia's Republican governor to appoint a Senate replacement. Whether Perry would take a new administration role is unclear.
Bloomberg (8/11) 
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Institute News
Early-bird rate for Commercializing Industrial Bio set to expire
Discounted advance registration for Commercializing Industrial Biotechnology 2017, a workshop organized by AIChE's Society for Biological Engineering and slated for Sept. 18 to 19 at the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa, will end this Friday, Aug. 18. Thereafter, higher standard rates will apply. Sessions topics include: successes and challenges in remaking chemical manufacturing; new technologies in bioprocessing, modeling, analytics and strain engineering; sugar production for bioproducts; and new molecules that could be game-changers. Find out more.
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Registration open for Sept. 14 Virtual Career Fair
Registration is now open for AIChE's next Virtual Career Fair, which will be held Thursday, Sept. 14, from noon to 4 p.m. EDT. The event offers chemical engineering candidates, from B.S. graduates through Ph.D.s, the opportunity to connect with leading employers from a broad range of industries. Participants can upload their resumes, visit online booths, chat live with recruiters, and create custom job alerts. Learn more.
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Prepare job interview anecdotes about your proudest accomplishments and times when you made a mistake, writes Emily Moore. When you answer a question about a time when you disagreed with a boss or manager, make it clear that you were able to do so while maintaining a positive relationship.
Glassdoor (8/10) 
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