BIO Pacific Rim Summit to Showcase Role of Biomass in Building Biobased Economy

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Washington, D.C. (October 3, 2012) – The Biotechnology Industry Organization’s (BIO) 2012 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergywill feature breakout sessions focused on using biomass to replace fossil fuels in creating bioenergy, biofuels and other bioproducts. The Summit takes place October 9-12 at the Westin Bayshorein Vancouver, Canada. Online registrationis available.

“Biomass has great potential to provide renewable energy for the future,” said Brent Erickson, executive vice president for BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section. “Vancouver is an ideal location for this discussion as Canada’s forests represent an immensely abundant source of forest biomass. Biomass fuels and products are a way to reduce the need for oil and gas imports; to support the growth of agriculture, forestry, and rural economies; and to foster major new domestic industries — biorefineries — making a variety of fuels, chemicals, and other products.” 

BIO’s Pacific Rim Summit featured breakout sessions include:

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

Creating an Acceptable Supply of Biomass Feedstock to Satisfy Project Financing Requirements
Wednesday, October 10, 8:30-10am

Next-Gen Feedstocks: Grass, Reeds, and Macroalgae
Wednesday, October 10, 10:30am-12pm

The Challenge of Sustainable Feedstock: Certification and Reputation Management for Producers and Brand Owners
Wednesday, October 10, 2:30-4pm

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.