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A Thriving Bioeconomy: USDA's Role, Outreach and Finance Programs

Wednesday, July 18
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

A thriving bioeconomy requires research, commercialization, programs and policy to bring biobased products, made from both agricultural and forests feedstocks, to market. USDA’s efforts include R&D, technology transfer-marketing and verification, commercialization and government procurement programs. USDA’s grant and guaranteed loan programs finance construction and development of commercial scale biorefineries and manufacturing facilities and advancement of new and emerging technologies for the production of advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals, and biobased products.

Sponsored by: USDA Rural Development


Renewable Chemicals and Biofuels Processes Use of Sartorius ambr®250 platform and Umetrics Software for Process Optimization, Scale-up and Advanced Analytics

Wednesday, July 18
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Process development and optimization in industrial biotechnology requires technical solutions which reduce timelines, increase efficiency, and raise likelihood of success. Sartorius' (booth #317) ambr®15 and ambr®250 fermenters as well as Umetrics Suite of software for advanced analytics has been widely applied to speed up process development and implement advanced data analytics in manufacturing.  Ginkgo Bioworks will detail case studies involving process optimization and scale up from ambr® to 50kL, minimizing developing timelines including an example of taking a shake flask process to economically viable titers in 2 months, scale down from 400kL to 15 and 250mL scale in order perform strain screening experiments, and demonstrating similar performance to 2.5L benchtops when modeling a commercially available process using an insoluble media.  This workshop provides an overview of the technology through product reviews, customer case studies and visions for the future. It wraps up with a Q&A session. 

Sponsored by: Sartorius Stedim


Successful Deals on How to Structure and Close Biobased Economy Financing

Wednesday July, 18
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

The focus will be to review the strategies on the first commercial bioeconomy transactions financially closed in 2017 and 2018. Our expert panelists and moderators constitute the principal investment bankers, lenders, investors and attorneys that structured, funded and/or closed each of these transactions involving biojet, renewable chemicals, biobased products, and renewable diesel projects throughout the United States. Each of the transactions that we will discuss were financially closed under different and very sophisticated project financing structures which bodes well for successfully executing new technologies emerging in the respective biobased economy industries now and in the future.

Sponsored by: Faegre Baker Daniels, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, and New Energy Risk


USDA BioPreferred® Program Stakeholder Meeting

Wednesday, July 18
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

The goals of this workshop are to: (1) gather representatives from BIO attending companies in a BioPreferred-sponsored meeting to share information about the role of high-value bioproducts in the global bioeconomy; (2) educate about the benefits of working with the program as participants given BioPreferred Program implementation in the Federal Government and commercial markets; (3) and solicit feedback/suggestions from workshop attending companies for program improvements.

Sponsored by: USDA BioPreferred Program