The EuropaBio organization has released a position paper, "Building a Bio-based Economy for Europe in 2020." It highlights the potential of Industrial Biotechnology and the bio-based economy to help transform Europe's economy and society. It outlines how this technology has the capacity to significantly improve economic competitiveness, provide environmental advantages and create new, high-value jobs.
Dow Microbial Control recently opened its Dow Microbial Control Customer Application Center and Research and Development Center of Excellence in Buchs, Switzerland. Dow Microbial Control is a result of Dow's 2009 acquisition of Rohm & Haas. The new facility will serve customers across Europe.
The U.S. biotech industry has launched a new initiative to improve science education. The program is being launched this fall in communities in 10 states: California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The "Scientists in the Classroom" program will be executed over five years.
Work on the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii, to be located at the University of Hawaii, will begin at the end of October, according to the Pacific Business News in Honolulu. Plans call for the $100-million facility to open near the end of 2012. It will be located next to the university's school of medicine.
The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth is expected to soon select a location for a multimillion-dollar biomanufacturing facility by the end of the month, according to the South Coast Today newspaper. The facility will be built in New Bedford or Fall River, or possibly on a site at the university's Dartmouth campus.
Cubist Pharmaceuticals has begun an expansion project to add lab and administrative space to its headquarters in Lexington, Mass. Cubist, which specializes in developing anti-infection agents and other biopharmaceuticals, employs more than 600 people - approximately 370 in Massachusetts.
Medical Building Draws Accolades: A medical office building (MOB) developed and built by Duke Realty Corporation for Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) was recently recognized with an award from the Great Lakes Region of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA). The four-story, 205,573-sq.-ft. (19,097-sq.-m.) MOB on SJRMC's Edison Lakes campus in Mishawaka was the Category Winner for "Healthcare Projects of More Than $10 Million."
DBIA's Great Lakes Region includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.
The award-winning Edison Lakes MOB, which opened last December on the 90-acre (36-hectare) SJRMC campus, was designed and built for Duke Realty's healthcare division by CSO Architects Inc. and Duke's construction subsidiary. This isn't the first time the SJRMC Edison Lakes MOB has been singled out for recognition by a major industry organization. Earlier this year, the building was recognized as the first facility of any kind in the state of Indiana to achieve LEED Gold for Core & Shell (CS) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
"LEED certification and DBIA awards are based on very different criteria," notes Keith Konkoli, Regional Senior Vice President, Midwest, Duke Realty. "The fact that Duke Realty's new facility has been recognized for excellence by two independent third-party organizations demonstrates the capabilities and expertise of everyone involved in the project."
To be considered for a regional DBIA award, projects must demonstrate successful application of design-build principles, including collaboration in the early stages of the project and the acceptance of single-entity risk. The project must be completed on time, on budget and without litigation. Winning projects are honored for advanced and innovative application of total integrated project delivery and unique solutions to project challenges.