Panorea Avdis, Director of Governor Brown’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), visited the Biosciences Area’s Emery Station Operations Center on September 6 to learn more about the biosciences and bioeconomy related initiatives. GO-Biz was created to serve as California’s single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts and is an important one-stop shop for companies that want to take advantage of California incentives.
U.S. Congressman Randy Hultgren (R-IL-14) visited the Biosciences Area’s Emery Station Operations Center on September 1st. Congressman Hultgren met with Mary Maxon, Biosciences Associate Lab Director, and Jay Keasling, JBEI’s Chief Executive Officer, and also toured JBEI’s laboratories.
Hultgren is co-founder and leading member of the Science and National Labs Caucus and a proponent of science’s role in unlocking the potential for economic growth and job creation. He recently spoke at a Council on Competitiveness-sponsored event in Washington D.C. during which the Council released its latest report “Leverage: Advancing U.S. Bioscience”. The report focused on leveraging U.S. potential in the growing sector of bioscience and biomanufacturing.
Biosciences’ ALD Mary Maxon and Chief Science and Technology Officer Jay Keasling recently attended an event in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Council on Competitiveness. The briefing on Capitol Hill marked the release of the council’s report, Leverage: Advancing U.S. Bioscience, which captures the outputs of a day-long discussion last year about infrastructure, technology, investment, and talent needed for advancements in U.S. bioscience.
In a town hall meeting on June 28, Laboratory Director Mike Witherell announced that Biosciences Associate Lab Director Jay Keasling has agreed to take on an important new role as Chief Science and Technology Officer (CSTO) for the Biosciences Area, and Mary Maxon, currently the principal deputy for Biosciences, will replace Keasling as ALD for Biosciences, effective July 1, 2017.
DOE National Lab Day was organized on April 18, 2017 at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. The goal of the event was to provide exposure to the capabilities and mechanisms for collaboration at the DOE National Laboratories.
Jay Keasling, Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences, Mary Maxon, Biosciences Principal Deputy and Corie Ralston, Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging’s Deputy Director for Science participated at the event. During their opening remarks, Arkansas Congressmen Steve Womack (pictured) and Bruce Westerman highlighted the national significance of the Labs. Stanford University’s Arun Majumder, Founding Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), described energy innovation as a key aspect of our future, and Deputy Laboratory Director Horst Simon represented Berkeley Lab as part of a panel of National Lab Directors who illustrated many of the opportunities available at the National Labs. Maxon moderated a Bioscience and Healthcare breakout session and Keasling moderated a breakout on Renewables and Biofuels.