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“Must Attend” Breakout Sessions Announced for 13th Annual BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology

February 26, 2016
BIO has officially announced the “must attend” Breakout Sessions for BIO’s 2016 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology. The 2016 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology program will feature 70 sessions in eight 8 tracks over three days. This year’s conference will be held April 17-20 in San Diego, CA at the San Diego Convention Center.

The featured breakout sessions include: 

“Developing Carbon Neutral Fuels in an Era of Low Price Crude”
Track: Advanced Biofuels and Biorefinery Platforms
Wednesday, April 20, 10:30am-12:00pm 

  • Victor Oh, Lux Research

  • Tom Jensen, Joule Unlimited

  • Thomas Buhl, Global Bioenergies

  • Timothy Cesarek, Enerkem Inc.

“Innovation in Collaborations Makes a Difference”
Track: Growing Global Biobased Markets
Wednesday, April 20, 10:30am- 12:00pm
Moderator: Joel Stone, ConVergInce Advisers

  • Matthew Engler, Verdezyne

  • Damien Perriman, Genomatica

  • Cindy Thyfault, Westar Trade Resources

  • Michael Wolcott, Washington State University

“Charting the New Algae Industry Roadmap”
Track: Algae, Biomass Supply, and Specialty Crops
Monday, April 18, 8:30am- 10:00am
Moderator: Len Smith, Heliae

  • Peter Lammers, Arizona State University, Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI)

  • Harold Schmitz, Mars, Inc.

  • Ross Zirkle, DSM

“Genomics Research: Design, Build, Deploy”
Track: Synthetic Biology and Genomics Research
Tuesday, April 19th, 2:30pm-4:00pm
Moderator: Blake Simmons, JBEI, United States Department of Energy (DOE)

  • Darren Platt, Amyris

  • Neil Parry, Unilever

  • Mark Burk, Genomatica

  • Vinayak Kaaptral, Igenbio Inc.

“New Renewable Food & Flavor Ingredients”
Track: Specialty Chemicals, Food & Nutritional Ingredients
Monday, April 18th, 2:30pm-4:00pm
Moderator: Josh Silverman, Calysta, Inc.

  • Edi Eliezer, Conagen, Inc.

  • Emmanuel Petiot, Deinove

  • Benjamin Gonzalez, Metabolic Explorer

  • Michael Vevera, Mercurius Biorefining

“Building Aromaticity in Renewable Chemicals”
Track: Renewable Chemicals and Biobased Materials
Monday, April 18th, 8:30am-10:00am
Moderator:  Philipp Walter, Succinity

  • Joop Groen, TNO

  • Michael Saltzberg, Dupont

  • Len Rand, xF Technologies

  • David Sudolsky, Anellotech, Inc.

“Renewable Chemical Platforms”
Track: Technical Presentations
Monday, April 18th, 2:30pm-4:00pm
Moderator: Susanne Kleff, MBI

  • Shawn Jones, White Dog Labs

  • Cesar Granda, Earth Energy Renewables

  • Rishi Jain, Praj Matrix

  • Allen Barbieri, Biosynthetic Technologies

“Process Improvement for Biobased Materials”
Track: Research Presentations
Monday, April 18th, 10:30am-12:00pm
Moderator: Jian Yu, University of Hawaii

  • Yinhua Wan, Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences

  • Manju Misra, University of Guelph

  • Amar Mohanty, University of Guelph

  • Amit Goyal, Southern Research Institute

For more information on the conference and to register visit