Plenary Program

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The 2015 Plenary Program will be announced Winter 2014
The BIO World Congress Plenary Program features a line-up of leading industry executives from each of the key biotech sectors. Five plenary sessions will highlight the latest in next gen biorefineries, renewable chemicals, biofuels, and building a sustainable biobased industry.

Biorefinery Commercialization & The George Washington Carver Award Presentation

Lunch Plenary, Tuesday, May 13
12:00 pm - 2:15 pm 
Sponsored by: novozymes

A dynamic panel of international industry thought leaders will discuss what it takes to build a successful, commercial scale biorefinery in today’s regulatory and economic environment.  Our esteemed panelists will cover a range of topics from policy drivers, capital formation, technical hurdles, and to the importance of powerful global partners for rapid commercialization.  

George Washington Carver Recipient: Ellen Kullman, Chair of the Board and CEO, DuPont
Moderator: Salim Morsy, Analyst, Bloomberg New Energy Finance 
Panelists: 
James Collins
, Senior Vice President, DuPont
K'Lynne Johnson, President and CEO, Elevance Renewable Sciences 
Michele Rubino, Chief Operating Officer, Beta Renewables
Julia Allen, Analyst, Lux Research 

         
Ellen
Kullman
Award Recipient
  Salim
Morsy
Moderator
  James 
Collins
  K'Lynne
Johnson
  Michele
Rubino
  Julia
Allen

Novel Sugar and Oil Platforms for the Modern Biobased Economy

General Plenary, Tuesday, May 13
4:30 pm-6:00 pm
Sponsored by: Genomatica

This panel will examine the status of feedstock development for modern biorefineries, highlighting current research, development, and deployment of sugar platforms, as well as innovative oil platforms such as algae and camelina.

Moderator: Valerie Sarisky-Reed, Deputy Director, Bioenergy Technologies Office, United States Department of Energy
Panelists:
Mike Hamilton, Chief Exectuive Officer, Renmatix
Miguel Oliveira, Executive Director, Global Innovation, Bunge 
Jack Grushcow, Founder, President and CEO, Linnaeus Plant Sciences 
Graham Ellis, Vice President, Solazyme 
Jaime Finguerut, Industrial Strategic Development, Centro de Technologica Canavieira (CTC)
Mr. Razwin Sulairee Hasnan Termizi, Chief Operating Officer, Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation (BiotechCorp)

         
Mike
Hamilton
  Miguel
Oliveira
  Jack
Grushcow
  Graham
Ellis
 

Jaime 
Finguerut

  Razwin Sulairee Hasnan Termizi


New Markets and Opportunities for Biofuels Investment 

Breakfast Plenary, Wednesday, May 14
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Sponsored by: 

Advanced biofuels producers, airline executives, refiners, and industry analysts will discuss global opportunities, and new and existing markets for biofuels deployment.  Panelists will also highlight the current policy trends and the changing public perception of biofuels and impacts on investment in the sector.  

Moderator: Jim Lane, Editor and Publisher, Biofuels Digest 
Panelists:
Javier Garoz, Chief Executive Officer, Abengoa Bioenergy
Paul Beckwith, Chief Executive Officer, Butamax 
Lars Peter Lindfors, Senior Vice President, Technology, Neste Oil 
Bas Melssen, Executive Vice President, Strategic Impact, Malaysian Innovation Agency 
Pedro Rodrigo Scorza, Director of Operations, Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes

           
Jim 
Lane 
  Javier 
Garoz
 

Paul Beckwith 

  Lars Peter Lindfors  

Bas 
Melssen

  Pedro Rodrigo Scorza 

Rethinking Chemistry - Driving Innovation with Renewable Chemical Platforms

Lunch Plenary, Wednesday, May 14
12:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Sponsored by: BASF

Chemical company executives, biotech leaders, and industry analysts will discuss trends in renewable chemical investments, shifts in attitudes by large scale traditional chemical companies towards the development of a renewable chemicals portfolio, and current state of play for industrial biotech companies.

Moderator: Ally La Tourelle, Managing Director, Bioeconomy Partners
Panelists:
Alexandre Elias, International Markets Director, Braskem
Francois Monnet, Executive VP, Advanced Technologies Director, Solvay 
William H. Baum, Chief Business Development Officer, Genomatica
Don Wardius, Head of Renewable and Alternative Feedstocks, Bayer MaterialScience
Markus Pompejus, Vice President of White Biotechnology, North America, BASF Corporation

         
Ally
La Tourelle
Moderator
  Alexandre
Elias
  Francois
Monnet
  William H.
Baum
  Don
Wardius 
  Mark
Pompejus

Consumer Demand Trends for Biobased Products 

Lunch Plenary, Thursday, May 15
12:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Sponsored by: 

How do brand owners and other downstream partners view the role of industrial biotechnology within the global consumer product marketplace? What importance is given to the development of a sustainable value chains, integrated with renewable chemical applications? These and other questions will be answered by a dynamic panel of industry experts and executives. 

Moderator: Melody Bomgardner, Senior Business Editor, Chemical & Engineering News
Panelists:
Kirk Apt, Chief Research Scientist Nutritional Products, DSM 
Daniel Yarosh, Senior Vice President, Basic Science, Estee Lauder
Scott Vitters, General Manager, PlantBottle Packaging Platform, The Coca-Cola Company 
Neil Parry, Head of Biotechnology Science, Unilever 

     
Melody
Bomgardner
Moderator
  Kirk
Apt
  Daniel
Yarosh
  Scott
Vitters 
Neil
Parry