Plenary Program

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The BIO Pacific Rim Summit Plenary Program features a line-up of leading industry executives. Four plenary sessions will highlight the latest in next gen biorefineries, renewable chemicals, biofuels, feedstocks, synthetic biology and building a sustainable biobased industry. 

Building a Successful Chemicals Business Across the Pacific Rim

Lunch Plenary, Monday, December 9
12:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Spoonsored by: Novozymes

This panel will explore the five key ingredients to building a successful chemicals business in the Pacific Rim.  Our high level speakers will discuss the importance of securing feedstock supplies, the role of investors in determining the scope of the project, the necessity of strategic partnerships for technology developers, and finally the requirements to successfully convert chemicals into marketable end use products.

Welcoming Remarks: The Honorable Scott Peters, Congressman, United States House of Representatives

Moderator: Roger Wyse, Managing Director, Burrill & Company 

Panelists:
Christophe Schilling, CEO, Genomatica
Bas Melssen, Executive Vice President, Strategic Innovation Projects, Malaysia Innovation Agency
Dan Simon, President & CEO, Heliae 
 

 

 
The Honorable
Scott Peters
Roger Wyse
Moderator
Christophe
Schilling
Bas
Melssen
Dan
Simon
 

 

Pac Rim CEO Spotlight

Breakfast Plenary, Tuesday, December 10
8:00 am - 9:30 am 
Sponsored by: Abengoa

Cracking into the big brand marketplace, taking algae feedstocks commercial, creating viable long term renewable chemical contracts, and using synthetic biology to pave the way for new molecules are just a few of the topics our C level speakers will discuss during this Pac Rim CEO spotlight.

Moderator: Paul Zorner, Operating Partner, Pegasus Capital Advisors

Panelists:

Joel Cherry, President, Research & Development, Amyris
Lee Edwards, Chief Executive Officer, Virent 
Kirk Haney, President and CEO, SG Biofuels

James Levine, President & CEO, Verenium

 

Joel
Cherry
Lee
Edwards
Kirk
Haney
Paul
Zorner
James 
Levine

 

Life at the Speed of Light

Lunch Plenary, Tuesday, December 10
11:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Sponsored by: On Point Capital

Noted biochemist and businessman Craig Venter has been a leading pioneer in not only the human genome bur also in industrial biotechnology.  At this year’s BIO Pacific Rim Summit he will deliver an inspirational keynote address entitled Life at the Speed of Light on new discoveries at the intersection of synthetic biology, computational science and industrial biotechnology. 

Keynote Speaker: J. Craig Venter, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, J.Craig Venter Institute Founder and CEO, Synthetic Genomics, Inc. 

     
J. Craig Venter      

 

The Golden Age of Gas

Closing Plenary, Wednesday, December 11
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sponsored by: Elevance Renewable Sciences

Innovative biotech companies are beginning to use non-biomass feedstocks such as industrial hydrocarbon gas and even fracking gas to produce bioproducts.  This panel will examine what makes these technologies a smart investment, the environmental implications from increased demand on the gas supply, and how these technologies find a path forward in policy frameworks that currently fail to include them.     

Moderator: Jonathan Burbaum, Program Director, ARPA-E

Panelists:

Laurel Harmon, VP of Government Relations, Lanzatech
Alan Shaw, Chairman of the Board, President & CEO, Calysta
Mark Herrema, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Newlight Technologies 

Jonathan
Burbaum  Moderator
Laurel
Harmon
Alan
Shaw
Mark
Herrema
 
 

 

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