Best Long-View Approach To Biotech Development

The BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota

While others develop new ways to draw energy and industrial materials out of biomass, the BioBusiness Alliance looks ahead at the growing number of uses and projects a likely biomass shortage in 10 years.

What we need to avoid, with biomass and in other bioscience industries, says Alliance CEO Dale Wahlstrom, is building infrastructure based on the short view or mistaken assumptions. For the wood products industry, the alliance is putting together analysis that suggests ways to avoid a fiber-versus-fuel conflict.

The nonprofit alliance draws on the financial support and smarts of donors and thousands of volunteers from Minnesota companies and research institutions to plot out guidance for decision makers in industry and government. No one has all the answers about what the biotech future holds, but the alliance asks good questions.