Breakout Program

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With 5 tracks and 30 sessions, the  BIO Pacific Rim Summit Breakout program is designed to keep you on the cutting edge of industrial biotech.

Breakout Session Tracks

1. Feedstock Production and Utilization (Room: Del Mar, Level 1)
2: Renewable Chemical Platforms (Room: La Jolla, Level 1)
3: Advanced Biofuels and Biorefinery Platforms (Room: Sante Fe, Level 2)
4: Synthetic Biology, Algae and Marine Biotechnology (Room: Plaza BC, Level 2)
5: Technical and Research Presentations (Room: Plaza A, Level 2)
 

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Track 1: Feedstock Production and Utilization
Sponsored by: Gevo
 

Opportunities for Alternative Feedstock Crops
Track 1: Feedstock Production and Utilization
Session 1: Monday, December 9 - 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Moderator: Jack Gruschow, Linnaeus Plant Sciences Inc.
Jonathan Burbaum, U.S. Department of Energy
Sergio Trejo-Estrada, Instituto Politécnico Nacional
Ayah Alassali, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology
Jeff Martin, Yulex
 
Advances in Reeds and Grasses
Track 1: Feedstock Production and Utilization
Session 2: Monday, December 9 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Moderator: John Fulcher, Chromatin Inc.
John Fulcher, Chromatin Inc.
Enrica Bargiacchi, Consortium INSTM
Masahiro Samejima, The University of Tokyo
Steven Bobzin, Ceres
 
Gases as Feedstock: The New Renewable?
Track 1: Feedstock Production and Utilization
Session 3: Monday, December 9 - 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Moderator: Michael Schuppenhauer, Farmatic Inc.
Michael Schuppenhauer, Farmatic Inc.
Julia Allen, Lux Research Inc. 
Sol Resnick, Calysta Energy
Karen Wawrousek, Western Research Institute
 
Sugars: Exploring New Sources
Track 1: Feedstock Production and Utilization
Session 4: Tuesday, December 10 - 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Moderator: Kef Kasdin, Proterro
Kef Kasdin, Proterro
Steve Libsack, Betaseed
Theodora Retsina, American Process, Inc.
Karl Doenges, Sweetwater Energy
 
Renewable Oil Feedstocks for the Pacific Rim
Track 1: Feedstock Production and Utilization
Session 5: Tuesday, December 10 - 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Moderator: Sanjay Wagle, AliphaJet
Naveen Sikka, TerViva
Kirk Haney, SG Biofuels
Mike Cey, Ag-West Bio
Chris Tindal, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy
 
Oilseed Derived Feedstocks - Can they compete with Petroleum?
Track 1: Feedstock Production and Utilization
Session 6: Wednesday, December 11 - 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Moderator: Jack Grushcow, Linnaeus Plant Sciences Inc.
Jack Grushcow, Linnaeus Plant Sciences Inc.
Jonathan Burbaum, U.S. Department of Energy
Andy Shafer, Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc.
David C. Bressler, Biorefining Conversions Network
 

Track 2: Renewable Chemical Platforms
Sponsored by: Deinove

 

Differentiation for Biobased Chemicals
Track 2: Renewable Chemical Platforms
Session 1: Monday, December 9 - 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Moderator: Damien Perriman, Genomatica
Damien Perriman, Genomatica
Jeffrey Hsu, Far Eastern New Century
Andy Shafer, Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc.
Rodolfo Manzone, Yulex
 
Expanding the Oleochemical Value Chain to Biobased Consumer Products
Track 2: Renewable Chemical Platforms
Session 2: Monday, December 9 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Moderator: Tom Beardslee, Verdezyne
Hirzun Mohd Yusof, Sime Darby
Tom Beardslee, Verdezyne
Allen Barbieri, Biosynthetic Technologies
Sam Bhargava, Jarden Applied Materials
 
Renewable Chemicals and Consumer Products
Track 2: Renewable Chemical Platforms
Session 3: Monday, December 9 - 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Moderator: Max Senechal, Metabolix
Max Senechal, Metabolix
Emmanuel Petiot, Deinove SA
Jeff Uhrig, Bioformix 
John Bissell, Micromidas
 
Processes Leading to Commercialization
Track 2: Renewable Chemical Platforms
Session 4: Tuesday, December 10 - 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Moderator: Atul Thakrar, Segetis 
Atul Thakrar, Segetis
Sue Hager, Myriant Corporation
Marcel Lubben, DSM
Jayant Sawant, Praj Matrix - The Innovation Center
 
Fine Chemicals Manufacturing Using Biocatalysts
Track 2: Renewable Chemical Platforms
Session 5: Tuesday, December 10 - 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Moderator: Pedro Coelho, Provivi, Inc. 
Pedro Coelho, Provivi, Inc.
Satish Khanna, Provivi, Inc
Ajay Parikh, ZCL Chemicals
Anand Ghosalkar, Praj Corporation
 
Innovation in Renewable Chemical Platforms
Track 2: Renewable Chemical Platforms
Session 6: Wednesday, December 11 - 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Moderator: Peter Keeling, Iowa State University
Peter Keeling, OmegaChea and SusTereay
Karl Sanford, DuPont/Danisco
Joe Noel, Pareto Biotechnologies
Jeff Fornero, Glucan Biorenewables
 

Track 3: Advanced Biofuels and Biorefinery Platforms
Sponsored by: US Department of Energy

 
Cellulosic Biofuels: Unleashing Commercial Production
Track 3: Advanced Biofuels and Biorefinery Platforms
Session 1: Monday, December 9 - 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Moderator: Brian Conroy, BP 
Christopher Standlee, Abengoa Bioenergy US Holding, Inc.
Steve Hartig, POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels
Wes Bolsen, Cool Planet Biofuels
 
Production of Drop-In Hydrocarbon Fuels from Cellulosic Biomass
Track 3: Advanced Biofuels and Biorefinery Platforms
Session 2: Monday, December 9 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Moderator: Thomas Foust, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Thomas Foust, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Jesse Q. Bond, Syracuse University
Charles Cai, University of California Riverside
Brittany Syz, Oberon Fuels 
 
Biorefineries: Perspectives on Finance & Construction
Track 3: Advanced Biofuels and Biorefinery Platforms
Session 3: Monday, December 9 - 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Moderator: Martin Sabarsky, Cellana LLC
Alejandro Zamorano Cadavid, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Alan Propp, Merrick & Company
Lester H. Krone, Stern Brothers & Co.
Doug Dudgeon, Harris Group Inc.
 
Progress in Production and Commercialization of Alcohol Fuels
Track 3: Advanced Biofuels and Biorefinery Platforms
Session 4: Tuesday, December 10 - 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Moderator: James J. Spaeth, U.S. Department of Energy
Jasmine Isar, Reliance Industries Limited
Sam Park, Enerkem
James J. Spaeth, U.S. Department of Energy
Kevin Gray, BetaRenewables
 
Overcoming Challenges in Regulation and Intellectual Property
Track 3: Advanced Biofuels and Biorefinery Platforms
Session 5: Tuesday, December 10 - 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Moderator: David J. Glass, D. Glass Associates, Inc.
David J. Glass, D. Glass Associates, Inc.
William Kenealy, Ph.D., Mascoma Corporation
Konrad Sechley, Gowling Lafleur Henderson, LLP
Kathleen Roberts, Bergeson & Campbell Consortia Management, LLC
 
Advances in Aviation Biofuels
Track 3: Advanced Biofuels and Biorefinery Platforms
Session 6: Wednesday, December 11 - 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Moderator: Michael Vevera, Mercurius Biofuels
Eric Mathur, SG Biofuels
Karl Seck, Mercurius Biorefining
Jay Long, Alaska Airlines
Ralph Cavalieri, Washington State University

Track 4: Synthetic Biology, Algae and Marine Biotechnology
Sponsored by: Cellana
 

Optimizing Algae Production for Beneficial Bioproducts
Track 4: Synthetic Biology, Algae and Marine Biotechnology
Session 1: Monday, December 9 - 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Moderator: Jim Flatt, Synthetic Genomics
Jim Flatt, Synthetic Genomics
Valerie Harmon, Cellana LLC
Jose Sanchez, OriginOil 
Brian L. Goodall, Valicor Renewables LLC
 
New Approaches to make Biology Easier to Engineer
Track 4: Synthetic Biology, Algae and Marine Biotechnology
Session 2: Monday, December 9 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Moderator: Vivek Mutalik, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Vivek Mutalik, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
James Carothers, University of Washington, Seattle
Tim Hsiau, University of California, Berkeley
Jason Kelly, Gingko Bioworks
 
Metabolic Engineering of Aquatic Photosynthetic Organisms
Track 4: Synthetic Biology, Algae and Marine Biotechnology
Session 3: Monday, December 9 - 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Moderator: Peter Heifetz, Heifetz BioConsulting 
Mark Hildebrand, University of California, San Diego
Margaret McCormick, Matrix Genetics, Inc.
David Stern, Cornell University 
 
Updates on Algal Biofuel Production in China
Track 4: Synthetic Biology, Algae and Marine Biotechnology
Session 4: Tuesday, December 10 - 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Moderator: David Guangyi Wang, Tianjin University
David Guangyi Wang, Tianjin University
Pengcheng Fu, Beijing University of Chemical Technology
Weiwen Zhang, Tianjin University
Zhongxin Yang, Hangzhou Xinwei Low-carbon Tech R&D Ltd
 
 
Biosynthetic Pathways to Desired Renewable Chemicals
Track 4: Synthetic Biology, Algae and Marine Biotechnology
Session 5: Tuesday, December 10 - 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Moderator: Sunil Chandran, Amyris
Sunil Chandran, Amyris
Liu Shuangping, Jiangnan University
Lisa Dyson, Kiverdi
Jianmin Xing, Institute of Process Engineering, CAS
 
Techno-economic and Physical Analysis for Microalgae Growth
Track 4: Synthetic Biology, Algae and Marine Biotechnology
Session 6: Wednesday, December 11 - 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Moderator: David Hazlebeck, Global Algae Innovations 
Mark Randall, T2e Energy, LLC
Leah Raffaeli, University of Denver
Victoria Kurtz, Fluid Imaging Technologies, Inc.
John McGowen, Arizona State University, AzCATI
 

Track 5: Technical and Research Presentations
Sponsored by: Corbion

Development of New Industrial Enzymes
Track 5: Technical and Research Presentations
Session 1: Monday, December 9 - 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Moderator: Tim Hitchman, DSM 
Tim Hitchman, DSM 
Eric Althoff, Arzeda Corp.
Feng Wang, Institute of Process Engineering, CAS
Danai Brooks, Dyadic International, Inc.
 
Stabilization in Fermentation Processes
Track 5: Technical and Research Presentations
Session 2: Monday, December 9 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Moderator: William Kenealy, Mascoma Corporation
William Kenealy, Mascoma Corporation
Priyanka Gupta, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi
Parvez Singh Slathia, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University
Joshua Velson, Nexant
 
Advancements in Biological Processes in Industrial Biotechnology
Track 5: Technical and Research Presentations
Session 3: Monday, December 9 - 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Moderator: Bhima Vijayendran, Redwood Innovation Partners, LLC 
Mathieu Haddad, University of Montreal
Lew Christopher, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology - CBRD
John Cumbers, NASA Ames Space Portal and SynBioBeta
 
 
Feedstock Conversion Technologies
Track 5: Technical and Research Presentations
Session 4: Tuesday, December 10 - 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Moderator: Brian Baynes, Midori Renewables, Inc.
Brian Baynes, Midori Renewables, Inc.
Joachim Venus, Leibniz Institute Agricultural Engineering (ATB)
Guillaume Bruant, National Research Council Canada
Ayah Alassali, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology 
 
Sustainability Performance Value in Industrial Biotechnology Processes
Track 5: Technical and Research Presentations
Session 5: Tuesday, December 10 - 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Moderator: Benjamin Saydah, Sapphire Energy 
Benjamin Saydah, Sapphire Energy
Roger Sedjo, Resources for the Future
Mike Guggenheimer, RSC Bio Solutions
 
Microbial Synthetic Pathways to Renewable Chemicals and Biofuels
Track 5: Technical and Research Presentations
Session 6: Wednesday, December 11 - 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Moderator: John Perkins, DSM
John Perkins, DSM
Michael D. Leavell, Amyris, Inc.
Nagib Ward, Deinove SA
Hans van der Pol, Corbion