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#BIOWC17 Preview Into the Plenary Program

March 22, 2017
BIO has officially released the list of speakers for plenary programs at the 2017 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology! Sessions will feature executives from the renewable chemicals, enzymes, biofuels, biobased  products, household and personal care, flavorings and fragrances, and airline industries who will discuss technology breakthroughs, business partnerships and sustainability initiatives.

This year’s plenary program has been revamped to explore new and trending themes emerging within the industry. One panel will provide an overview of the current state of biobased food ingredients, flavorings, and personal care products and where market trends are headed in the future. Additionally, attendees will get a chance to hear from industry representatives and trade reporters on how to meaningfully communicate about the biobased economy.

Some highlighted Plenary Sessions include:

Biotech and the Future of Food Ingredients, Flavorings, and Personal Care 
Monday, July 24, 2017
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm


  • Andreas Birmoser, Senior Vice President Strategy and Business Development, Stora Enso Biomaterials

  • John Melo, President and Chief Executive Officer, Amyris

  • Markus Pompejus, Vice President White Biotechnology Research North America, BASF Corporation

  • Jill Zullo, Vice President, Bioindustrials NA, Cargill

Second Generation Biofuels Poised for Big Wins
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
8:30 am - 10:00 am

Moderator: Jim Lane, Editor and Publisher, The Digest

  • Marc Delcourt, Chief Executive Officer, Global Bioenergies

  • Jonas Markusson, Innovation and Product Development Manager, SEKAB (Invited)

  • Hermann Pengg, Head of Renewable Fuels & Lifecycle Analysis Department, Audi AG

  • Mario Pennisi, Chief Executive Officer, Life Sciences Queensland

  • Mena Salib, Manager of Aircraft Noise and Emissions, Air Canada

Effectively Communicating the Benefits of Industrial Biotechnology
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
11:45 am – 1:30 pm

Moderator: Rebecca Coons, Senior Editor, Chemical Week, IHS Chemical


  • Herman Betten, Global Head of Public Relations, DSM

  • Melody Bomgardner, Senior Business Editor, Chemical & Engineering News

  • Doris de Guzman, Senior Consultant - Bio-Materials, Tecnon OrbiChem USA

  • Stephan Herrera, Vice President, Strategy and Public Affairs, Evolva

  • Sylvie Latieule, Director, Info Chimie Magazine

The world’s largest industrial biotechnology event will be held July 23-26, 2017 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Visit here to register and follow us Twitter at @IAmBiotech using #BIOWC17.