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2014 #BIOPacRim Wraps Up to be Another Successful Conference

December 17, 2014
The ninth annual Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy was held December 7 -9, 2014 at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego. This conference focused solely on the growth of the industrial biotechnology and bioenergy sectors in North America and the Asia-Pacific region.

BIO hosted over 300 attendees at this year's Summit along with media representation from the Industrial Biotechnology Publication, Life Science Foundation Magazine, Fuels and Lubes and The Daily Transcript.

The 2014 Breakout Program featured 5 tracks covering renewable chemicals, advanced biofuels and biorefineries, feedstocks, algae, synthetic biology, and marine biotechnology. View the Breakout Sessions here.

The 2014 Plenary Program for the Pacific Rim Summit consisted of three sessions:

  • Innovative Technologies to Transform the Biobased Economy - Here industrial biotechnology thought leaders discussed technology breakthroughs in renewable specialty chemical applications and biobased products. 

  • Feedstocks: A Global ComparisonThis panel explored the realities faced by feedstock producers in today’s marketplace. Panelists delved into issues in production and logistics, feedstock availability, ability to scale, competing applications for feedstock use, and new markets. 

  • Green Machines: The Latest in Algae Bioproduction - This panel discussed the exciting advancements in research, development, and production of algae biomass for use in fuels and other specialized applications. 

Highlights and summaries from some of the program sessions can be found here in these associated blogs:

Our most popular sessions included Track 2 Session 3- The Future of Renewable Chemicals; Track 2 Session 2 - Advancements in Renewable Chemical Manufacturing and Commercialization; and Track 2 Session 1 - The Pathway to Commercialization Lessons Learned.

Additionally, for the first time BIO presented the 2014 BIO Rosalind Franklin Award for an outstanding woman in the industrial biotechnology sector who has made significant contributions to the advancement of the biobased economy and biotech innovation. This year's winner was Dr. Debbie Yaver, Director of Expression Technology, Genomics and Bioinformatics at the Novozymes research center in Davis, California. Working more than twenty years in engineering industrial microorganisms, Dr. Yaver's leadership and contributions embodied the spirit of Rosalind Franklin, making her an ideal candidate for the award. With the support of the Rosalind Franklin Society, BIO presented Dr. Yaver with the BIO Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology at the 2014 BIO Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy. A video of her remarks can be found here:

A special thanks to our sponsors: American Elements, Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG), Calysta, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, DSM, Knobbe Martens, Novozymes, Rosalind Franklin Society, United States Department of Agriculture, Verdezyne and Yulex.

For photos and more highlights from this year's Summit, visit BIO's Twitter Page and Facebook Page.