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March 5, 2013
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  • Exec: DuPont has an edge in cellulosic ethanol development
    DuPont has a better shot at bringing cellulosic ethanol to the market than other companies because it has been working on the technology for 10 years now, CEO Ellen Kullman said. Aside from its wealth of experience, DuPont has a feedstock supply chain in place that could serve the plant it is building in Iowa, Kullman said. "We keep building on our learnings from previous projects and it's helping us do it faster and understand what we need from others and I think it's going to create a huge potential for success," Kullman said. GigaOm (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • Former FDA chief: Reform rules for clinical trials
    Changing the FDA's burdensome requirements for clinical trials could help double the number of new drug approvals, former FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach and University of Chicago public policy professor Tomas Philipson write. Phase III studies are unnecessarily large and cumbersome for more precise and personalized medicine. Adopting smaller, quicker adaptive studies with post-market oversight would mean greater innovation and a better economy. Bloomberg (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • White House, lawmakers make progress on cybersecurity bill
    Lawmakers and the White House reportedly have made progress on developing a cybersecurity bill and negotiating issues such as what role agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, would have in fighting cyberthreats and attacks. The goal, says House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., is to have a bill to vote on by April. The White House is also asking for help from the private sector in the implementation of President Barack Obama's executive order on cybersecurity, as private companies utilize more than half of the country's infrastructure. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (3/2), The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (3/1), Reuters (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Public health, medical research to suffer from sequestration
    Sequestration will hit hard in public health and medical research, both of which have been restricted by years of underfunding or retrenchment. "These cuts are going to have a real impact," Washington state Health Secretary Mary Selecky said. "In the next six to eight weeks, we're going to have to say we're closed on Fridays or we can't provide this or that service anymore." Researchers who depend on NIH grants have also expressed concern that their work will have to be scaled back. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 5 steps to building a network from scratch
    Start your network by reaching out to one person and building from there, Gauri Sharma writes. There's no need to be squeamish about asking for a favor, as most people enjoy helping colleagues and will appreciate your request. The biggest area where new networkers can improve is in their follow-ups, Sharma writes. Forbes (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Early bird rates for Spring Meeting expire next Monday
    Monday, March 11, is the last day to qualify for early registration rates for AIChE's Spring Meeting and 9th Global Congress on Process Safety, scheduled for April 28 to May 2 in San Antonio. Featured events focus on our energy future, including shale oil and gas, and the rebirth of manufacturing in the U.S. The meeting also includes the Ethylene Producers, Refinery Processing, Gas Utilization, and Center for Chemical Process Safety conferences, as well as the Kister Distillation Symposium. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tomorrow's webinar spotlights membrane separations
    "New Materials for Membrane Separations" will be the topic of AIChE's next webinar, scheduled for 2 p.m. EST, Wednesday, March 6. Presented by Richard Noble of the University of Colorado at Boulder, the session will focus on applying membranes to new separations problems, as well as improving membrane materials used in existing separations. It should be of special interest to those involved in light gas separations and water treatment. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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