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  Above: Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts Two GOP state governors hitting the phones and airwaves hard to restrain federal government over-reach...

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Trump’s Nixonian Pivot

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This past week, a remarkable group of people gathered in Ottawa, perhaps described best as the “friends of Jeff” because the ostensible excuse for...

Winner, winner, salmon dinner? Calysta raises $40M en route to scale

From California arrives the news that Calysta has raised $40 million in a Series D funding led by Mitsui and including amongst its participants...

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Lignocellulosic sugars and lignin have become necessary intermediates for advancing research towards economically producing biofuels and bioproducts. Recently, the US Department of Energy issued...

Amber Waves of Gain: BioAmber, CJ CheilJedang to launch Asian JV for bio-succinic 

In South Korea, BioAmber and CJ CheilJedang Corporation signed a LOI for a joint venture in China to produce up to 36,000 metric tons...

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