Plenary Program

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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 Boardand 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 

       
Salim
Morsy
Moderator
  Ellen
Kullman
Award Recipient
  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
Speakers:
Mike Hamilton, Chief Exectuive Officer, Renmatix
Miguel Oliveira, Executive Director, Global Innovation, Bunge 
Jack Grushcow, Founder, President and CEO, Linnaeus Plant Sciences 
Jonathan Wolfson, Chief Executive Officer, Solazyme
Jaime Finguerut, Founder, President and CEO, Linnaeus Plant Sciences 
Mr. Razwin Sulairee Hasnan Termizi, Chief Operating Officer, Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation (BiotechCorp)

         
Mike
Hamilton
  Miguel
Oliveira
  Jack
Grushcow
  Jonathan
Wolfson
  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 
Speakers:
Javier Garoz, Chief Executive Officer, Abenoga 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

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
Speakers:
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
  Mark
Pompejus
  William H.
Baum
  Alexandre
Elias
Francois
Monnet

Consumer Demand Trends for Biobased Products 

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

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
Speakers:
Kirk Apt, Chief Research Scientist Nutritional Products,DSM 
Neil Parry, Head of Biotechnology Science, Unilever 
Jay Olson, Senior Materials Engineer, John Deere (invited)

         
Melody
Bomgardner
Moderator
  Kirk
Apt
  Neil
Parry