BIO Pacific Rim Summit to Address Innovation and Future of Advanced Biofuels and Biorefinery Development, Renewable Chemicals, Biomass Utilization, and Synthetic Biology

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BIO Announces Plenary Session Program for 2012 Pacific Rim Summit

Washington, D.C. (Aug. 7, 2012) – The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today announced more than 100 speakers covering the latest in industrial biotechnology at the 2012 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy. The Summit will present four plenary sessions featuring international executives and academic leaders in industrial biotechnology October 10-12 at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, Canada.

“Vancouver is an ideal location for this year’s conference with its fast-growing and successful life sciences and biotech industries and a robust forest biomass supply,” said Brent Erickson, executive vice president for BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section. “Our outstanding line-up of plenary sessions will highlight the growing biobased economy as we learn about advances in biofuels, renewable chemicals and synthetic biology. Industrial biotechnology can reduce dependence on foreign oil and also benefits consumers by revitalizing manufacturing and creating new opportunities for agriculture, generating jobs, making greener products and cleaner processes.”

Plenary sessions include:

Status Report: The Synthetic Biology Pathway to Innovation in Fuels and Chemicals
Wednesday, October 10, 12 – 2:15PM                          


Flying green: Why Airlines See a Bright Future in Biofuels
Thursday, October 11, 8 – 9:30AM                          


Overcoming Regional Biomass Feedstock Supply Challenges with Public Policy and Science
Thursday, October 11, 11:30AM – 1:45PM                         


Biotechnology and Renewable Chemicals: The Future is Now
Friday, October 12, 10AM – 12PM                     

  • William H. Baum, Chief Business Development Officer, Genomatica (invited)
  • Charles R. Eggert, President and CEO, OPX Bio
  • Dr. Deborah Mielewski, Technical Leader for Plastics Research at the Ford Motor Company (invited)
  • Bando Takehiko, Director of Strategy and Planning, Sustainable Resources Business Development, Mitsubishi Chemical (invited)


Now in its seventh year, the Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy will address the latest issues in industrial biotechnology, including algae, advanced biofuels, biopolymers and bioplastics, dedicated energy crops, green chemistry, and synthetic biology. The annual Pacific Rim Summit is the original conference dedicated solely to growth of the industrial biotechnology sector in Asia and the Americas. Visit http://bio.org/pacrim.

In addition to the plenary sessions, the Pacific Rim Summit will bring you four breakout tracks with 24 sessions, designed to keep you on the cutting edge of industrial biotech. New in 2012- The Technical Presentations Track will feature 20 minute talks from academics, private sector scientists and researchers.

Registration is now open. Early bird rates are available through August 13.

Media registration is now open and available by contacting Colleen Lerro at clerro@bio.org. Complimentary media registration is available to editors and reporters with valid press credentials working full time for print, broadcast or web publications.

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.