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#BIOWC16 Plenary Program: Day 1

March 29, 2016
Executives, thought leaders, and government  officials will discuss applications in space, biofuels, and the renewable chemical landscape during plenary programs at BIO’s 13th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology.  This year's event will be held April 17-20, 2016 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA!

On Monday, April 18, 2016, BIO will be hosting two plenary programs.

The Lunch Plenary Session is titled Outer Space: The Next Biotech Frontier (Panel Discussion) & Presentation of the BIO George Washington Carver Award for Innovation in Industrial Biotechnology.

Here, panelists will discuss one of biotech’s most promising areas of growth: applications in space. Topics will include bacteria growth experiments, application of synthetic biology, waste management, forward manufacturing and synthesis, examining the ways in which micro-organisms develop differently in space, exploring the potential markets for space biotechnology from enzyme expression to food development.

This session will be moderated by John Cumbers, Founder, SynBioBeta and paneled by:

  • Catherine “Cady” Coleman, NASA Astronaut

  • Amor Menezes, Postdoctoral Scholar, California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences, University of California, Berkeley

  • Todd Peterson, Chief Technology Officer, Synthetic Genomics

  • Mark Blenner, Assistant Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Clemson University

In the afternoon, attendees will be able to sit in on the General Plenary Session -Overcoming Challenges to Biorefinery Scale Up. Here panelists will explore exactly what is needed to ensure the successful scale up of a commercial scale industrial biotechnology process such as advanced biofuels facilities. Attendees will hear from engineering design experts and industry leaders who will discuss issues from scale up successes and failures to process control of biological systems, project execution, overcoming difficulties, and more.

Dan Cummings, Chief Executive Officer of Guidewire Strategies, will moderate this panel, which includes:

  • Anthony Bresin, Chief Scientific Officer, ARD

  • Jeff Lievense, Senior Engineering Fellow, Genomatica

  • Dennis McGinn, Assistant Secretary of the Navy - Energy, Installations and Environment

  • Alan Propp, Business Development Manager, Merrick & Company

  • Joachim Schulze, Head of Biotechnology, ThyssenKrupp Solutions

For more information and to register for this year's World Congress, visit!