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Plenary Program

2017 World Congress Plenary Program

The plenary sessions will feature executives from the biofuels, household and personal care, and airline industries discussing technology breakthroughs, business partnerships and sustainability initiatives at a global scale.

Featuring Tuesday's Lunch Plenary, Effectively Communicating the Benefits of Industrial Biotechnology

Luncheon Plenary

Monday, July 24, 2017

Why Bet on Renewables? Attracting Private Capital for Renewable Chemical Commercialization & Presentation of the George Washington Carver Award for Innovation in Industrial Biotechnology
Monday, July 24, 2017 
11:45 am - 1:30 pm

Moderator: Federico Berruti, Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company

Brian Baynes
, Partner, Flagship Pioneering
William Byun, Principal, Conchubar Capital Advisory
Pavel Molchanov, Senior Vice President and Equity Analyst, Raymond James & Associates  
Felipe Pereira, Chemicals Sector Manager, Brazilian National Development Bank 

This dynamic investor panel will focus on renewable chemical project investment from early stage financing to late stage investments. Panelists will highlight the key drivers affecting renewable portfolio development for the investment community, and discuss new areas of growth within the renewable chemicals sector.  


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

Moderator: Gwen Rosenberg, President, Rosenberg Business Communications 

Andreas Birmoser, Senior Vice President Strategy and Business Development, Stora Enso Biomaterials 
John Melo, President and Chief Executive Officer, Amyris 
Markus Pompejus, Vice President Innovation and Scouting Bioscience Research, BASF Corporation
Jill Zullo, Vice President, Bioindustrials NA, Cargill

This session will feature global thought leaders as they discuss the state of play for biobased food ingredients, flavorings, and personal care. Speakers will highlight technological innovations in this sector, current and future market trends, and opportunities and challenges throughout the supply chain to commercialize these products.  

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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

Pramod Chaudhari, Executive Chairman of Praj Industries Ltd.
Marc Delcourt, Chief Executive Officer, Global Bioenergies
Jonas Markusson, Innovation and Product Development Manager, SEKAB
Hermann Pengg, Head of Renewable Fuels and Lifecycle Analysis Department, Audi AG
Mario Pennisi, Chief Executive Officer, Life Sciences Queensland 
Mena Salib, Manager of Aircraft Noise and Emissions, Air Canada

This session will highlight the necessary factors to successful commercialization and growth of low carbon fuels.  Speakers will discuss the economics that are paramount to fuel applications, the use of second generation feedstocks, conversion technologies and the importance of identifying the right molecules, and finally the role of automakers and airlines in driving market demand for these products


Effectively Communicating the Benefits of Industrial Biotechnology & Presentation of the Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in 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 Bomgartner, Senior Business Editor, Chemical and 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

This session will hear from key opinion leaders as they discuss how to meaningfully communicate about the biobased economy.  Topics will include current industry messaging, how the political climate influences how people view innovation, and the perception around the use of industrial biotechnology.  

Sponsored by: Intrexon

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A Revolution in Biobased Products and Packaging 
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 
11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Moderator: Richard P. Eno, Senior Partner, Roland Berger LLC 

Thijs Rodenburg, Chief Executive Officer, Rodenburg Biopolymers
Michael Saltzberg, Global Business Director, Biomaterials, DuPont Industrial Biosciences 
Gustavo Sergi, Renewable Chemicals Business Director, Braskem 
Puneet Trehan, Material Innovation and Development Leader, IKEA 
Bob Walsh, Senior Vice President, Energy Sector, Intrexon

Global demand for renewable materials has led to a shift in the production of sustainable, biobased polymers.  Session panelists will highlight recent innovations in plastics and packaging materials.  Attendees will also hear how these game changing biobased materials compete in a global market, what sustainable production means to their supply chain, and how to overcome barriers to commercializing these products.   

Sponsored by: BASF