Business Executives to Highlight Opportunities for New Product Development

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Thursday, April 21, 2011) - Corporate leaders will discuss benefits for businesses and consumers through incorporation of industrial biotechnologies in manufacturing of traditional products during BIO's 8th annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing. The world's largest industrial biotechnology conference will feature company presentations on biofuels, biobased products, renewable chemicals, synthetic biology, food ingredients and biomass. The event will be held May 8-11 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and is coorganized by BIO, BIOTECanada and the Agri-Technology Commercialization Centre (ATCC), which is comprised of Soy 20/20, Ontario Agri-Food Technologies, Bioenterprise.

The following plenary session features traditional manufacturers who have incorporated biobased products or processes in manufacturing well-known consumer products:

What Consumers and Manufacturers Need from Industrial Biotech
Tuesday, May 10, 2011, 7:00am - 8:45am

  • Per Falholt, Executive Vice President, Research & Development, Novozymes;
  • Denise Lefebvre, Director, Packaging Innovation, PepsiCo;
  • Etienne Selosse, Director, Industrial Markets, Bunge;
  • Jay Olson, Manager, Global Polymers Technology, John Deere;
  • Jenny Cross, Global Sustainability Director, Mohawk Industries.

Breakout sessions focusing on technology advances in algae, synthetic biology and oil seeds that are being used in commercial applications in the United States and Canada include:

Engineering Low-Cost Feedstocks to Value-Add Biochemicals
Tuesday May 10, 9:00am – 10:30am

  • Harrison Dillon, Solazyme;
  • Kevin Gray, Qteros;
  • Thomas Beardslee, Verdezyne;
  • Walter Rakitsky, Solazyme;
  • Mike Hamilton, Renmatix.

Renewable Specialty Plasticizers, Polymers and Fibers
Wednesday May 11, 9:00am – 10:30am

  • Mohini Sain, University of Toronto;
  • Thorne Bartlett, Dow Chemical Company;
  • Douglas Hawkins, Dow Coating Materials;
  • Amar Mohanty, University of Guelph;
  • John van Leeuwen, Ecosynthetix, Inc.

Engineered Oil Seeds as High-Performance Petroleum Substitutes
Wednesday May 11, 9:00am – 10:30am

  • Janice Paslawski, SNC-Lavalin Environment;
  • Hamdy Khalil, Woodbridge Foam Corporation;
  • Oliver Peoples, Metabolix;
  • Jack Grushcow, Linnaeus Plant Sciences, Inc.

BIO's World Congress will also feature six breakout session tracks over three days, with industry presentations on Advanced Biofuels Technology; Algae and Feedstock Crops; Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering; Renewable Chemical Platforms and Biobased Materials; Public Policy, Infrastructure and Business Development; as well as Specialty Chemicals, Pharma Intermediates, and Food Ingredients. The full program of breakout panel sessions and speakers is available online.

Please visit for additional information, or email Online pre-registration for reporters and editors is now open. All programs at the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing are open to attendance by members of the media. Complimentary media registration is available to editors and reporters with valid press credentials working full time for print, broadcast or web publications.