BIO Pacific Rim Summit workshops are designed for specific and focused discussions on business or technical information. All workshops will take place on Thursday, October 11 from 9:45 AM – 11:15 AM.
The Opportunities and Challenges to Building a Sustainable Supply Chain Model for Renewable Chemicals
Room: Salon E
Sponsored by: Metabolix
Moderator: Max Senechal, VP BD, Metabolix
Stephen Gatto, CEO, Myriant Corp.
William (Bill) Radany, CEO, Verdezyne
Mike Schulthesis, Principle, Coca-Cola
Karl Doenges, CMO & SVP, Sweetwater Energy
Joanna Money, Senior Director, Business Development, OPX Biotechnologies
Steve Tuttle, Director, The Dow Chemical Company
Advances in biotechnology are now enabling production of biobased chemicals economically at industrial scale as "drop in" replacements for chemicals produced from fossil-based hydrocarbons and the development of new renewable chemicals which are more economically produced than traditional processes. While the global petrochemical supply chain for industrial chemicals is well established, the supply chain model for producing biobased chemicals is emerging. We will discuss the opportunities and challenges to building sustainable supply chains to meet the growing market demand for biobased, renewable chemicals.
Genomic Tools for Optimization of Biomass Production
Room: Salon D
Sponsored by: Genome BC
Moderator: Brad Popovich, CSO Genome BC
Loren Rieseberg, Professor, UBC
Sally Aitken, Professor, UBC
Carl Douglas, Professor, UBC
Industrial biotechnologies will always be dependent on sustainable sources of appropriate biomass. Genomics is playing an increasing role in biomass optimization by creating tools to maximize yields, inform selection of plants, create desirable traits, and improve utilization. Genome BC is supporting world leading research in all these areas and many others and this panel will present examples of R&D in: 1) using genomics to inform reforestation practices in changing climates, 2) development of hybrid sunflowers as a source of biomass and oilseeds, and 3) creating traits in poplar for biomass production and enhanced utilization.
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