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Industrial and Environmental Highlights from BIO 2014

July 3, 2014
The 2014 BIO International Convention drew 15,667 industry leaders, including nearly 2,500 CEO’s, from 50 states and 70 countries.  This year's event was held June 23-26, in San Diego, CA.

The BIO Business Forum hosted a record-breaking 29,000+ scheduled one-on-one partnering meetings between more than 3,100 companies, and featured 192 company presentations. View highlights here.  Furthermore, the BIO Exhibition featured more than 1,800 exhibitors and covered over 160,000 square feet with 55 State and International Pavilions.

BIO welcomed Sir Richard Branson as one of the keynote speakers for this year's Convention.  In his remarks, he emphasized his commitment to alternative fuels, including biofuels. Starting in 2006 he pledged to invest 100 percent of his transportation companies' profits over a decade-long period to clean fuels, renewable energy and other environmental technologies. View an exclusive interview with Sir Richard Branson here.

On Tuesday, June 24, BIO conducted a specialized Industrial Biotech Forum. The 2014 Biofuels & Renewable Chemicals Forum highlighted emerging trends, breakthroughs and challenges in the rapidly evolving industrial biotech sector.

The Forum explored key policies and emerging geographies in these topic areas:

• Advanced Biofuels and Feedstocks

• Renewable Chemicals and Biopolymers

• Algae and Marine Biotechnology

• Synthetic Biology

• Flavors, Fragrances, and Pharmaceutical Intermediates

Additionally, Dennis McGinn, Asst. Secretary, U.S. Navy, Energy, Installations and Environment was the Forum's keynote speaker on “National Security – Why We Need Industrial Biotech”, highlighting the importance of the Navy Farm to Fleet Program.

Lastly, Leaders of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Governing Board reflected on the transformation of the industrial biotech sector from pre-commercial promise to market threat – and the unprecedented policy challenges that have accompanied this transition.

Remember that BIO will return to sunny San Diego for the Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy December 7-9, 2014.  The call for papers is now open, so if you have an interesting piece of research, business proposition or idea for a panel, I encourage you to read our release detailing submission requirements.