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Plenary Program

2017 BIO 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.

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



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.  

Sponsored by: EW Biotech GmbH

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

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.  

Sponsored by: DSM 

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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


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.

Sponsored by: POET

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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 


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

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A Revolution in Biobased Products and Packaging Presentation of the BIO Leadership and Legacy Award in Industrial Biotechnology
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 
11:45 am – 1:30 pm



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

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