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Hepatitis B Foundation Research Institute Sponsors Alternative Energies Workshop at PA Biotech Center
Stimulating discussion, showcasing new initiatives in the region

PA representative Marguerite Quinn delivered the opening comments at the Biofuels workshop sponsored by the Hepatitis B Foundation and its research institute
Marguerite Quinn

DOYLESTOWN, PA (December 20, 2007)
The Hepatitis B Foundation’s research institute recently hosted a special workshop to address “Science and Entrepreneurism in Alternative Energy Technologies”, held at its headquarters located in the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center in Doylestown, Pa,. Almost 100 people attended the four-hour workshop to hear from top executives whose companies are working on alternative energy sources, and to learn about critical issues being addressed by academic researchers.

"Alternative energy is a hot topic in Harrisburg," said PA representative Marguerite Quinn, who delivered the opening remarks. "Pennsylvania can be a leader because we have the capacity to support alternative energy sources and it makes good economic sense. The legislature is coming together to pass some of the most significant initiatives ever to make the important transition from traditional energy to cleaner energy sources."

The mood was optimistic among the speakers who shared how "an environmental return equals an economic return", said Dr. Bill Gillum, vice president, Terracycle, a company dedicated to environmentally friendly processes. Green Oil company executives Dr. Ira Pierce, chairman, and Steve Kammerman, CEO, discussed how, in their business model, "The future of biofuels as an alternative to petroleum based fuels will not only supplement the existing products, it will surpass them." Dr. David Weiss, co-founder and manager, Tornado Recycling, leads a company whose mission is "to disappear trash and 100% recycle with energy as a byproduct."

An overview of the current alternative energy landscape by two professors, Dr. Tom Richard, professor, Penn State University, and Mr. Tom Hepner, Delaware Valley College, explained that, "the paths to sustain biofuels will be to use organic waste, increase production of abandoned land and the ecological intensification of existing crops." In a final note of encouragement, Congressman Patrick Murphy's district director, Philip Lorenzon, confirmed the congressman's commitment to investing significant funds for long-term "clean, renewable energy sources" and to promoting "green energy jobs".

About the Hepatitis B Foundation
The Hepatitis B Foundation is the only national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to finding a cure and improving the quality of life for those affected with hepatitis B worldwide through research, education and patient advocacy. The Foundation is located in the new Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center, which it created to expand and accelerate its research mission. For more information, visit www.hepb.org or call (215) 489-4900.

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