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Spotlight on Innovation in Renewable Chemical Platforms at 2015 World Congress

June 29, 2015
The biobased industry not only ensures a greener future, but also creates a reliable and growing bioeconomy. Just in the year 2013 alone, the renewable chemical and biobased manufacturing industry created 4 million jobs while contributing $369 billion to the U.S. economy; that’s why at this year’s 2015 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, BIO will be hosting six breakout sessions dedicated to this world-transforming industry. These sessions will feature experts and executives who will showcase the latest innovations, remark on the future of renewable chemicals and the biobased industry, and highlight how companies and innovators are working to shift towards a bioeconomy. Join us at the Palais des congrès de Montréal in Montréal, Canada July 19-22, 2015 to witness and learn about the future of biotech!
“Companies and innovators in the biobased industry are developing cutting-edge technologies, environmentally preferred personal care products, and more efficient manufacturing practices,” said Brent Erickson, our executive vice president for BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section. “BIO is excited to offer attendees access to the industry’s top leaders and experts who will provide a one of a kind look into the world of renewable chemicals, bioplastics and biobased products.”

Renewable Chemical and Biobased Materials, Track Session 6, will be held in Room 520 and is sponsored by Bergeson and Campbell PC. Check out three of the highlighted sessions that will be presented:

Monday, July 20, 2015, 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Session 1, Bioplastics Market Overview and Road to Hundred Percent Bio-PET, will look at innovative solutions for producing drop-in biobased components for polyethylene terephthalate (PET). The panel will also address the increase in market demands for biodegradable and bio-based plastics.


  • Yu Shi, The Coca-Cola Company

  • Ralph Lerner, Virent, Inc.

  • Fanny Liao, Far Eastern New Century

  • Haiyu Ren, The Coca-Cola Company

  • Thomas Mallet, Axens

Monday, July 20, 2015, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Session 2, Commercializing Novel Biobased Products from Brand Owner and Producer Perspectives, will discuss the value and drivers for synthesizing and using renewable chemicals in consumer products and addressing the demand for products that are not petroleum based from both producer and brand owner perspectives. Panelists will also remark on whether renewable chemicals can truly command a “green premium.”


  • John Shaw, Itaconix Corporation

  • Rick Hanson, Croda

  • Chantal Bergeron, Seventh Generation

  • Christian Johnson, BioFiber Solutions International

  • Richard Engler, Bergeson & Campbell

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Session 5, Market Opportunities for Biobased Monomers and Materials, will look at how R&D efforts are proving to be effective in the production of biobased-monomers such as succinic acid, lactic acid, levulinic acid, and other renewable chemicals. Panelists will address how their innovative manufacturing processes are optimizing their renewable chemicals from biomass, and are exploring the range of applications for it.


  • James Wynn, MBI International

  • Markus Piepenbrink, BASF SE

  • Cesar Granda, Earth Energy Renewable, LLC.

  • Marcel van Berkel, GF Biochemicals

  • Philip Goodier, Plaxica Limited