BIO Announces Breakout Sessions for 2013 Pacific Rim Summit in San Diego

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Washington, D.C. (Sept. 23, 2013) –The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today announced breakout sessions for the 2013 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy. The eighth annual Pacific Rim Summit will be co-organized by BIOCOM and held in San Diego, December 8-11 at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter.

“San Diego is home to a vibrant biotechnology community that stands at the forefront in commercializing innovative applications for biofuels and renewable chemicals,” Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section said. “This year’s Pacific Rim Summit will feature sessions with companies that are making rapid progress toward large-scale production of biofuels and renewable chemicals. And it will set the stage for the BIO International Convention, the global event for biotechnology, to be held in San Diego in 2014.”

Breakout sessions with companies and venture capital investors presenting milestones to commercialization include:

Cellulosic Biofuels: Unleashing Commercial Production

Monday, Dec. 9, 8:30am

  • Christopher Standlee, Abengoa Bioenergy
  • Steve Hartig, POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels
  • Dr. Markus Rarbach, Clariant

Biorefineries: Perspectives on Finance & Construction

Monday, Dec. 9, 2:30pm

  • Alejandro Zamorano Cadavid, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
  • Alan Propp, Merrick & Company
  • John M. May, Stern Brothers & Co.
  • Doug Dudgeon, Harris Group Inc.

Processes Leading to Commercialization

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2:00pm

  • Srini Raj, Praj Industries
  • Sue Hager, Myriant Corp.
  • Marcel Lubben, DSM
  • Atul Thakrar, Segetis

The annual Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy is the original conference dedicated to growth and partnerships in the industrial biotechnology and bioenergy sectors in North America and the Asia-Pacific region. The 2012 event attracted more than 385 attendees. Early bird registration is available now through October 25.

About BIO
BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world. BIO produces BIOtechNOW, an online portal and monthly newsletter chronicling “innovations transforming our world.” Subscribe to BIOtechNOW.

Upcoming BIO Events 
BIO Investor Forum
October 8-9, 2013
San Francisco, CA

BIO IPCC Conference
November 6-8, 2013
Washington, DC

BIO Convention in China
November 11-13, 2013
Beijing, China

Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioenergy
December 8-11, 2013
San Diego, CA

BIO CEO & Investor Conference
February 10 – 11, 2014
New York, NY

BIO Asia International Conference
April 8-9, 2014
Tokyo, Japan

World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology
May 12-15, 2014
Philadelphia, PA

BIO International Convention
June 23-26, 2014
San Diego, CA

About BIO
BIO is the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world. BIOtechNOW is BIO's blog chronicling “innovations transforming our world” and the BIO Newsletter is the organization’s bi-weekly email newsletter. Subscribe to the BIO Newsletter.