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


BIO announces plenary session program for 2013 World Congress

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- 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,” 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

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

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

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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