Interesting report from White House: National Bioeconomy Blueprint

Been reading the “National Bioeconomy Blueprint” from the WhiteHouse.  It is is definitely worth checking out (for some background information see his blog post from the White House:  National Bioeconomy Blueprint Released | The White House and this NY Times article White House Promotes a Bioeconomy – from last month).  Also check out the main page describing this document: National Bioeconomy Blueprint | The White House.

The blueprint outlines five main objectives:

  1. Support R&D investments that will provide the foundation for the future U.S. bioeconomy.
  2. Facilitate the transition of bioinventions from research lab to market, including an increased focus on translational and regulatory sciences.
  3. Develop and reform regulations to reduce barriers, increase the speed and predictability of regulatory processes, and reduce costs while protecting human and environmental health.
  4. Update training programs and align academic institution incentives with student training for national workforce needs.
  5.  Identify and support opportunities for the development of public-private partnerships and precompetitive collaborations—where competitors pool resources, knowledge, and expertise to learn from successes and failures.
And then goes through some background and recommendations to help achieve these objectives.  
Other discussion of this includes:

Author: Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

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