Synthetic Biology and its Practical Applications to Be Highlighted at World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Monday, May 24, 2010) - Achievement of a milestone in creating synthetic life in the form of a self-replicating cell from synthesized DNA has focused attention on the field of synthetic biology. Researchers, academics and business leaders will discuss the evolution of the technology and the ethics, regulation and the potential commercial uses of synthetic biology during the seventh annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, June 27-30, 2010 in Washington, D.C.

Brent Erickson, executive vice president for BIO’s Industrial and Environmental Section, stated, “Recent breakthroughs in the field of synthetic biology are focusing increased attention not only on the commercial possibilities but also on the development of ethical guidelines and regulatory policies for the science. Successful early applications for biofuels and bioremediation of pollutants show the potential of synthetic biology as a tool of industrial biotechnology that can produce environmental benefits. The annual World Congress promises significant discussions and presentations on the practical aspects of synthetic biology research.”

Sessions from the track on Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering include:

Monday June 28

Synthetic Biology: The Difficult We Do Immediately, The Impossible Takes a Little Longer
8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

  • Kevin Jarrell, Modular Genetics, Inc.
  • Marcel Wubbolts, DSM, NV
  • Lori Giver, Codexis, Inc

Creating the Super Strain: How Metabolic Engineering Will Drive the Future of Advanced Fuels
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Dan Robertson, Joule Unlimited, Inc.
  • Stephen del Cardayré, LS9, Inc.
  • Balu Sarma, Praj Matrix - A Division of Praj Industries Ltd.

Tuesday, June 29

Ethical, Social, and Policy Issues of Synthetic Biology
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

  • Paula Olsiewski, The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Thomas Murray, The Hastings Center, Inc.
  • David Rejeski, The Woodrow Wilson Center
  • Michele Garfinkel, J. Craig Venter Institute

Wednesday, June 30

Bioremediation
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

  • Thomas Videbaek, Novozymes
  • Muhammad Asghar, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
  • Sudhir Meshram, Rajiv Gandhi Biotechnology Centre, R. T. M. Nagpur University
  • James Burns, Bionavitas, Inc

The annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing – co-organized by BIO, BIOTECanada, and the U.S. Department of Energy – is the original and only conference dedicated solely to industrial biotechnology and the most recent advancements in the field. Visit www.bio.org/worldcongress.

Registration for the World Congress is now open and is complimentary for credentialed members of the news media. All programs at the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing are open to attendance by members of the media. Reporters and editors working full-time for print, broadcast, and online news organizations may register onsite with valid media credentials. All freelancers, college and online publications are strongly encouraged to register in advance. For more information, please visit http://bio.org/worldcongress/media/media_registration.asp.

 

Upcoming BIO Events

World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing
June 27-30, 2010
Washington, DC

BIO India
September 21 - 22, 2010
Hyderabad, India

BIO’s Livestock Biotechnology Summit
September 28-30, 2010,
Sioux Falls, SD

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