In the biotech industry, it's clear that the biomedical/pharmaceutical companies get the most recognition and funding. I get the feeling most people tend to overlook environmental biotech research as legitimate science, unless, of course they are involved in it first hand. Iíve said before that biofuel research is a ďpetĒ topic of mine. As an avid recycler and bike-to-work-wannabe I try my best to minimize waste in my home and do right by our planet. It seems that lately a lot more people are getting on the ďgreenĒ bandwagon, and Iím not at all disappointed. In fact, it seems even President Bush and his administration might even be coming around to admit that we need to do something about the destructive effects of our self-indulgent society. Thatís progress, even if it is just to satisfy the masses and get votes. And since many of the existing alternatives might require more work on our part, a little inconvenience, or higher financial outlay, we need leadership willing to walk the line and lay down some rules.
In light of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 4th Assessment Report and other recent releases presenting even more evidence that human activity is a main contributor to global warming, Iím hoping to see more activity in the environmental biotechnology sector. Increased need for solutions will drive increased funding and more jobs for research scientists in biotech. Of course this is only speculation, but I, for one, will be watching the industry with interest to see what innovative solutions we come up with in the coming years.