SIMB is saddened to report that Arnold Demain passed away on Friday, April 3, 2020. Arny was an SIMB Past President as well as a champion of the Society for many years. At the 2016 SIMB annual meeting in New Orleans a special session was convened to celebrate Arny’s long career.

See tribute from Drew University where Arny served as research fellow of the Research institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE) program.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 election who will take office at the SIMB annual meeting in San Francisco on Wednesday, August 12, 2020. Thank you to all our candidates.

Noel Fong, Nucelis

Laura Jarboe, Iowa State


Rob Donofrio, Neogen

EDITED 3/16/20: The 42nd Symposium on Biomaterials, Fuels and Chemicals has been cancelled.


Due to growing health concerns around COVID-19 coronavirus SIMB has cancelled the 42nd Symposium on Biomaterials, Fuels and Chemicals. Please read the FAQ section on the SBFC website for more information.

The 42nd Symposium on Biomaterials, Fuels and Chemicals will take place as scheduled on April 26-29, 2020 at the Astor Crowne Plaza in New Orleans. We understand that attendees from countries with travel restrictions will be unable to participate in person. The situation remains fluid and SIMB will provide updates as they become available.

In support of our attendees and staff, SIMB is following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) as well as state and local health authorities. See statement from the City of New Orleans.

SIMB will work with the Astor Crowne Plaza to ensure:
• Increased availability of hand sanitizer throughout the hotel
• Individual hand sanitizer provided with registration materials
• Modified food service practices to optimize food safety/handling
• Assistance with access to medical support if needed

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The SIMB Election for positions on the Board of Directors will commence March 2, 2020. The election will end at noon ET on March 31, 2020. Members must join/renew by March 30, 2019 by noon ET to be eligible to vote. Current members for 2020 will receive login instructions by email for accessing the voting module.

Results will be published on the SIMB website and in SIMB News.

**Student members are not eligible to vote.

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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) announce the newest edition of the Department’s InnovationXLab series: Biomanufacturing!

InnovationXLab Biomanufacturing Summit
January 28-29, 2020
University of California, Berkeley

The Department of Energy (DOE) invests billions of dollars per year in its National Laboratory system, a global leader in scientific research. OTT designed the InnovationXLab series in collaboration with the Labs to expand the commercial impact of the substantial investment in the National Lab innovation portfolio.

The InnovationXLab Biomanufacturing Summit is an exclusive event aimed at showcasing how U.S. industry can leverage the world-leading bioscience assets and capabilities of the Department of Energy’s national laboratories. Its goal is to bridge the gap between research and commercialization and pave the way for a stronger bioeconomy – and the jobs and industries of tomorrow.

Previous InnovationXLab Summits have focused on swift-moving technology areas including energy storage, grid optimization, advanced manufacturing, and AI.

Visit the InnovationXLab: Biomanufacturing website to learn more.