BIO Pacific Rim Summit Highlights Strength of Industrial Biotech in Canada

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Washington, D.C. (September 24, 2012) – The Biotechnology Industry Organization’s (BIO) 2012 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergywill feature industry leaders, university researchers and venture capitalists to facilitate networking and business partnerships this October 9-12 at the Westin Bayshorein Vancouver, Canada. Online registrationis now open.

“We are excited to bring this conference to Vancouver to highlight the industry's growth, particularly in Canada,” said Brent Erickson, executive vice president for BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section. “Industrial and environmental biotechnology is revitalizing manufacturing and creating new opportunities for agriculture, generating jobs, making greener products and cleaner processes, all aimed at building a biobased economy.” 

BIO’s Pacific Rim Summit will host numerous breakout and plenary sessions with companies representing Canada including:

Forestry Companies Discovering the Biorefinery Within
Wednesday, October 10, 8:30-10am

Biogas: Surprising New Opportunities and Approaches
Wednesday, October 10, 2:30-4pm

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

Advances in Enzymes used for Biomass Biorefining
Thursday, October 11, 4-5:30pm

Media registration
is now open and available. Complimentary media registration is available to editors and reporters with valid press credentials working full time for print, broadcast or web publications.

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

The Summit features four breakout tracks with 24 sessions, designed to keep you on the cutting edge of industrial biotech. In addition to the breakout sessions, the Pacific Rim Summit will present four plenary sessionsfeaturing international executives and academic leaders in industrial biotechnology. The plenary sessions will cover innovation and the future of advanced biofuels and biorefinery development, renewable chemicals, biomass utilization, and synthetic biology.

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.