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BIO World Congress will look at building bio-based economy.

Press Release Summary:

Feb 26, 2013 - BIO announced its plenary session program for 2013 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, which will take place June 16–19 in Montreal, Canada. According to BIO's Brent Erickson, "sessions will highlight the growing biobased economy as we learn about advances and commercialization in biofuels and renewable chemicals." Sessions will include, among others, Global Outlook on Industrial Biotechnology, Building a Sustainable Biobased Industry, and Feeling the Heat of the Biofuels Boom.

Biotechnology Industry Organization - Washington, DC

Original Press Release

BIO World Congress to Address Industrial Biotech's Role in Building a Biobased Economy

Press release date: Feb 21, 2013

BIO announces plenary session program for 2013 World Congress

WASHINGTON--The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced its plenary session program for the 2013 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology featuring biofuel and biobased product company executives, scientists and government officials from across the globe. The world’s largest industrial biotechnology conference for business leaders, investors, academics and policymakers in biofuels, biobased products, renewable chemicals, synthetic biology, food ingredients and biomass celebrates its 10th year June 16-19, 2013 in Montreal, Canada.

“A growing biobased economy can strengthen the nation’s economic security and enhance energy security”
“A growing biobased economy can strengthen the nation’s economic security and enhance energy security,” said Brent Erickson, executive vice president for BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section. “Our outstanding line-up of plenary sessions will highlight the growing biobased economy as we learn about advances and commercialization in biofuels and renewable chemicals. Industrial biotechnology can reduce dependence on foreign oil and also benefits consumers by revitalizing manufacturing and creating new opportunities for agriculture, generating jobs, and making cleaner products and processes.”

Plenary Sessions include:

Global Outlook on Industrial Biotechnology
Monday, June 17, 12 - 2:15 PM

Moderator: James C. Greenwood, President and CEO, BIO
Andrew Casey, President and CEO, BIOTECanada
Joanna DuPont, Director of Industrial Biotechnology, EuropaBio
Dato Dr. Nazlee Kamal, Chief Executive Officer, BiotechCorp
Elizabeth Farina, Chief Executive Officer, UNICA (invited)

Feeding Next Generation Biorefineries in 2013
Monday, June 17, 4:30 – 6 PM

Moderator: Trevor Theissen, President, BioAg, Novozymes (invited)
Mark Bunger, Research Director, Lux Research, Inc.
Paulo Carollo, Executive Vice President, Chemtex International Inc.
David Lindsay, Chief Executive Officer, Forest Products Association of Canada
Mark Wong, Chief Executive Officer, Agrivida (invited)
Vitor Verdelho Vieira, Chief Development Officer, A4F-Algal Fuel (invited)

Building a Sustainable Biobased Industry and the George Washington Carver Award Presentation
Tuesday, June 18, 12 - 2:15 PM

Moderator: Jack Huttner, Consultant, Huttner Strategies
Scott Vitters, Sustainable Packaging Director, The Coca Cola Company
Reed Doyle, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Seventh Generation
Fred Luckey, Chairman, The Keystone Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture
David McLaughlin, Vice President, Agriculture, World Wildlife Fund

Biomanufacturing at Commercial Scale
Wednesday, June 19, 8 - 10 AM

Moderator: Christophe Schilling, Chief Executive Officer, Genomatica
Stephan Freyer, Senior Research Manager, Chemical Engineering Industrial Biotechnology, BASF
Junichiro Kojima, Research and Development Manager, Ajinomoto
Martin A. Mitchell, Business Development Manager, The Americas, Clariant Biotech and Renewables Center (invited)
Antonio Morschbacker, Renewable Technologies Director, Braskem (invited)

Feeling the Heat of the Biofuels Boom
Wednesday, June 19, 12 - 2:15 PM

Moderator: Jim Lane, Editor, Biofuels Digest
Carlos Eduardo Cavalcanti, Head of Biofuels Department, Brazilian Development Bank (invited)
Dr. Robert Graham, Chief Executive Officer, EnSyn Corporation
Steve Hartig, Vice President, Bio-Energy, Royal DSM NV
David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy (invited)
Bernardo Gradin, Chairman and CEO, Graal Bio (invited)
Geoffrey Tauvette, Director, Fuel and Environment, WestJet (invited)
Jonathan Wolfson, Chief Executive Officer, Solazyme (invited)

Registration is now open for the 2013 BIO World Congress coming to Montreal, Canada, June 16-19 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. Please visit for additional information, or email

Online pre-registration for reporters and editors is now open. All breakout and plenary sessions at the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology are open to attendance by members of the media. Complimentary media registration is available to editors and reporters with valid press credentials working full time for print, broadcast or web publications.

About BIO
BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world. BIO produces BIOtechNOW, an online portal and monthly newsletter chronicling “innovations transforming our world.” Subscribe to BIOtechNOW.

Upcoming BIO Events

BIO IPCC Conference
March 25-27, 2013
San Diego, CA

BIO International Convention
April 22 – 25, 2013
Chicago, IL

World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology
June 16-19, 2013
Montreal, Canada

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