Washington, D.C. -- The Biobased Products Advocacy Consortium (B2PAC) debuted today a new name, logo, and web address to describe more fully and descriptively the wide range of industrial biotechnology products made by its member companies. The consortium is now known as the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group, or BRAG. The new name and logo were previewed last week at the 2013 Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in Montreal.
As has been the consortium's focus from the beginning, BRAG exists so that concerned stakeholders can: help the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) understand how these new biobased and renewable technologies fit into the existing Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) framework; advocate for fair and accurate treatment of biobased and renewable products in current TSCA reform efforts and EPA regulatory actions and policies; and educate the biobased and renewable community as to the proper approach to TSCA thereby avoiding mistakes in the approval process that could adversely affect commercializing not just one product, but all other products in the same chemical family.
The group's website, BRAGinfo.org, offers a wealth of resources, including frequently asked questions (FAQ) about biobased and renewable products and policy, links to pertinent articles, a calendar of upcoming seminars and webinars of interest to the industrial biotechnology community, and news regarding renewable chemicals, biofuels, and other biobased products. BRAG also publishes the Biobased Products News and Policy Report, a complimentary weekly update with news from Capitol Hill affecting the industry with sections on federal and state policy, research, tax policy, the Renewable Fuel Standard, Department of Energy (DOE) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) developments, industry news, and more. Online subscription to the Biobased Products News and Policy Report is available from the BRAGinfo.org home page. BRAG advocacy and educational efforts can be followed at twitter.com/@biobasedpolicy. BRAG is managed by B&C Consortia Management, L.L.C., an affiliate of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.