In September, President Obama announced his plans to develop a National Bioeconomy Blueprint detailing steps to harness biological research innovations to address national challenges in health, food, energy, and the environment, while simultaneously stimulating job creation.
According to the White House, the Blueprint “will focus on reforms to speed up commercialization and open new markets, strategic R&D [research and development] investments to accelerate innovation, regulatory reforms to reduce unnecessary burdens on innovators, enhanced workforce training to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers, and the development of public-private partnerships.”
The Office of Science and Technology Policy, which is tasked with creating the blueprint, is seeking public input on a variety of topics, including:
- Identification of grand challenges for the bioeconomy in the areas of health, energy, the environment, and agriculture.
- Priorities for federal spending in research, technology, and infrastructure to provide the foundation for the bioeconomy.
- Identification of high-value data that government might release that could spur the development of new bioproducts and services.
- Improvements to the education of doctoral students to better prepare them for private-sector bioeconomy jobs.
The public comment period is open through 6 December 2011. For more information, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/10/12/building-bioeconomy.
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