BIO Announces Programming Focused on Biobased Markets and Food for the 2018 World Congress in July

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) today announced two programming tracks focused on biobased markets and specialty food ingredients, flavors and fragrances at the 2018 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology. Programming around these topics will take place Tuesday, July 17, with four sessions for each of the two tracks.

The 2018 BIO World Congress will be held July 16-19, 2018 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

“New innovations are sweeping across industrial biotechnology, including new bioprocesses to develop biobased consumer products and specialty food ingredients,” said Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President, Industrial and Environmental at BIO. “Programming included in these two breakout tracks will focus on the innovations taking place across the entire value chain and how they contribute to the global biobased economy.”

Sessions in the Growing Global Biobased Markets track are sponsored by Unibio and include:

Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU): A Model of Collaborative Research Building and Structuring the European Bio-based Industry Sector
8:30 – 9:45 a.m.

  • Philippe Mengal, Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU)
  • Christophe Luguel, IAR-Pole
  • Giulia Gregori, Novamont
  • Sami-Pekka Rantanen, MetGen

Bio-Industrial Investment in South America
10:15 – 11:30 a.m.

  • Steve Fabijanski, Agrisoma
  • Alejandra Rodriguez, Aravan Labs, Pando’s Technological Hub
  • Martin Vidal, Ambassador of Uruguay to Canada
  • Daniel Vázquez, INIA

Scaling to Commercial: Unlocking the Value of Digital Biology
1:15 – 2:30 p.m.

  • Joel Stone, ConVergInce Advisers LLC
  • Tim Staub, Fermentum
  • Jeff Passmore, Passmore Group Inc.
  • Kristan Wadrop, Centre for Process Innovation Limited

Investing in Transformation – A Breakthrough Business and Partnering Approach in the Port of Rotterdam
3 – 4:15 p.m.

  • Peter Nieuwenhuizen, AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals
  • William Lese, Braemar Energy Ventures
  • Stijn Effting, Port of Rotterdam
  • David McConnell, Enerkem

Sessions in the Specialty Food Ingredients, Flavors and Fragrances track are sponsored by Evolva and include:

Emergence & Commercialization of Next Generation Ingredients in F&F and other Markets
8:30 – 9:45 a.m.

  • Kathy Oglesby, Amyris
  • Edi Eliezer, Conagen Inc.
  • Emmanuel Petiot, DEINOVE
  • Giovanni Salerno, Evolva

GRAS Conclusions: An Uncompromising Approach to Facilitate Market Access for Safe Food Ingredients from Industrial Biotechnology
10:15 – 11:30 a.m.

  • Vincent Sewalt, DuPont Industrial Biosciences
  • Diane Shanahan, BASF Enzymes LLC
  • James LaMarta, DSM Nutritional Products
  • Lauren VieBrock

How Biology is Transforming the Future of our Food System
1:15 – 2:30 p.m.

  • Scott Nichols, Food Future
  • Larry Feinberg, KnipBio
  • Arturo Elizondo, Clara Foods
  • Karsten Temme, Pivot Bio

Advancements in industrial Production of Food Enzymes and Ingredients from New Microbial Platforms
3 – 4:15 p.m.

  • Andreas Buthe, c-LEcta GmbH
  • C.L. Rathi, Advanced Enzyme Technologies Ltd.
  • Heinrik Busch-Larsen, Uniobio
  • David Demirjian, ZuChem

For more information about other breakout tracks or programming at the 2018 BIO World Congress, view the program overview here.

All programs at the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology are open to attendance by members of the media. Complimentary media registration is available to editors and reporters working full time in print, broadcast or web publications with valid press credentials.

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About BIO

BIO is the world's largest trade association representing 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. BIOtechNOW is BIO's blog chronicling “innovations transforming our world” and the BIO Newsletter is the organization’s bi-weekly email newsletter. Subscribe to the BIO Newsletter.

Upcoming BIO Events


BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology


BIO Latin America Conference

July 16-19, 2018   September 4-5, 2018

Philadelphia, PA

  Sao Paulo, Brazil

BIO Investor Forum


BIO Patient and Health Advocacy Summit

October 17-18, 2018   October 25-26, 2018
San Francisco   Washington, DC



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