2016 BIO World Congress Plenary Program

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The BIO World Congress Plenary Program covers a number of relevant and timely topics in the industrial biotechnology industry. This year's event hosts an esteemed group of thought leaders who hold interactive and engaging sessions on the hottest industry topics including applications in space, biorefinery, the renewable chemical landscape and more! 


Monday, April 18

Outer Space: The Next Biotech Frontier & George Washington Carver Award for Innovation in Industrial Biotechnology Presentation

Lunch Plenary Session
12:00pm - 2:15pm

Our session’s highly esteemed panelists will discuss one of biotech’s most promising areas of growth: applications in space. Topics will include bacteria growth experiments, examining the ways in which micro-organisms develop differently in space, exploring the potential markets for space biotechnology from enzyme expression to crop and food development. 


John Cumbers, Founder, SynBioBeta


Catherine “Cady” Coleman, NASA Astronaut 

Amor Menezes, Postdoctoral Scholar, California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences, University of California, Berkeley


Plenary Session Sponsored by: George Washington Carver
Award Sponsored by:


Overcoming Challenges to Biorefinery Scale Up

General Plenary Session
4:30pm - 6:00pm

This panel will explore exactly what is needed to ensure the successful scale up of a commercial scale industrial biotechnology process. We wil hear from engineering design experts and industry leaders who will discuss issues from scale up successes and failures to process control of biological systems, project execution, overcoming difficuluties, and more.

Moderator: Dan Cummings, Chief Executive Officer, Guidewire Strategies


Anthony Bresin, Chief Scientific Officer, ARD

Jeff Lievense, Senior Engineering Fellow, Genomatica

Dennis McGinn, Assistant Secretary of the Navy - Energy, Installations and Environment

Alan Propp, Business Development Manager, Merrick & Company

Joachim Schulze, Head of Biotechnology, ThyssenKrupp Solutions


Plenary Sponsored by:


Tuesday, April 19

Developing a Renewable Chemical Value Chain in the Face of Low Fossil Fuel Prices 

Breakfast Plenary Session
8:00am - 10:00am

This panel will discuss the latest advances in renewable chemicals, including innovative biological processes, new feedstock inputs, and how strategic partnerships are changing the renewable chemicals landscape. 

Moderator: Jim Lane, Editor & Publisher, Biofuels Digest


Marcel Lubben, President, Reverdia

John Melo, President and Chief Executive Officer, Amyris

Felipe Pereira, Chemicals Sector, Brazilian National Development Bank (BNDES)

Alan Shaw, Chief Executive Officer, Calysta

Minoru Watari, Team Leader, Mitsui & Co. Ltd.


Young Stars in Industrial Biotechnology & Rosalind Franklin Award Presentation

Lunch Plenary Session

12:00pm - 2:15pm

This panel will feature dynamic young stars in the industrial biotech space. Speakers will highlight their technology breakthroughs and varried applications of biotechnology they are currently deploying. 

Moderator: Stephan Herrera, Vice President, Strategy & Public Affairs, Evolva


Jeffrey Dietrich, Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder, Lygos

Reshma Shetty, Co-Founder, Ginkgo Bioworks

Dan Widmaeir, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Bolt Threads


Plenary Sponsored by:    


Wednesday, April 20

Market Growth for Biobased Products in the Consumer Marketplace

Lunch Plenary Session
12:00pm - 2:15pm

The biobased economy is growing, with companies in the space working to develop technologies to make industrial processes and products more eco-efficient.  Technology developers are teaming up with consumer products companies to de-risk and scale up biobased products.  From novel food ingredients, to packaging, to biobased car parts, our panelists will highlight recent biobased innovations, and discuss how to achieve a sustainable commercial scale biobased product industry.  

Moderator: James Iademarco, Principal, Strategic Avalanche LLC


Stephanie Delalande, Materials Innovation, PSA Peugeot Citreon 

Claudio Gemmeti, Senior Vice President, Innovation and Strategic Growth, Club Coffee

Michael Knutzen, Global Program Director - PlantBottle,  The Coca-Cola Company

Puneet Trehan, Material Innovation & Development Leader, IKEA Group

Jonathan Wolfson, Chief Executive Officer, TerraVia 


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