White House releases Bioeconomy Blueprint

Yesterday the White House released a national Bioeconomy Blueprint, a comprehensive approach to enhance economic growth and job creation, improve the health of all Americans, and move toward a clean-energy future through scientific discovery and technological innovation. In coordination with the Blueprint’s release, Federal officials also announced a number of new commitments to help the nation achieve the Blueprint’s goals.

The full report provides economic impact backround and explains five strategic imperatives: Strengthening Research and Development; Advancing From Lab to the Market; Reducing Regulatory Barriers; Developing a Bioeconomy Workforce; and Fostering Partnerships.

In coordination with the Blueprint’s release, a number of commitments supportive of its goals were released today by the Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and the Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Among them are initiatives to encourage Federal procurement of an expanded range of bio-based products; take better advantage of large pharmaceutical data sets to speed drug development; apply the latest genomics discoveries to quickly identify emerging microbial threats; and accelerate research on non-embryonic stem cells as possible treatments for blood-related and neurological diseases.

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