Advanced Biofuels Will Slow Climate Change

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Monday, April 07, 2008) - Biofuels from new sources such as switchgrass and algae will soon be widely and efficiently produced, thanks to ongoing industrial biotechnology research. BIO’s World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing will present the latest research on advanced biofuels and biobased products that provide sustainable climate change solutions.

More than 25 top company executives will join 200 leaders from industry, academia and government scheduled to speak at plenary and breakout sessions during the World Congress.

The World Congress will feature a morning plenary session on Wednesday, April 30, 2008:

“Sustainable Climate Change Solutions”

·                Michael J. Walsh, Executive Vice President, Chicago Climate Exchange.

·                Steven Koonin, Chief Scientist, BP.

·                Mauro Gregorio, Director New Business and Hydrocarbons Alternative Sources, Dow Chemical Company.

Other sessions presenting research on biofuels and climate change include:

“Creation & Commercialization of Next-Generation Advanced Biofuels”

·                Bill Roe, President and CEO, Coskata.

·                John Melo, CEO, Amyris Biotechnologies.

·                Robert Walsh, CEO, LS9.

·                John Ranieri, VP/GM, DuPont Corporation.

·                William Provine, Ventures Development Manager, DuPont Biofuels.


“Biofuels Technology to Address Climate Change”

·                May Wu, Environmental Scientist, Center for Transportation Research, Argonne National Laboratory

·                Robert Kramer, Director, Energy Efficiency and Reliability Center, Purdue University

·                Tom Kalnes, UOP, LLC

·                Manfred Ringpfeil, Professor, BIOPRACT, GmbH

The World Congress is the only global conference dedicated solely to the most recent advancements in industrial biotechnology. The 2008 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing is co-organized by the American Chemical Society, the National Agricultural Biotechnology Council and the U.S. Department of Energy.

For a complete and up-to-date listing of program events, visit The event will also feature an exhibit hall, business partnering and networking opportunities, and a poster reception.

Advance media registration is available online through April 22, 2008, and is complimentary for credentialed members of the news media. To register, please visit:

For more information on the 2008 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, please visit the conference webpage at


Upcoming BIO Events

 ·   BIO-Europe Spring 
    April 7-9, 2008
    Madrid, Spain

 ·   BIO National Venture Conference 
    April 22-23, 2008
    Boston, Mass.

 ·   World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioprocessing  
    April 27-30, 2008
    Chicago, Ill.

 ·   2008 BIO International Convention 
    June 17-20, 2008
    San Diego, Calif.

·   Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy 
    Sept. 10-12
    Vancouver, BC 


About BIO
BIO represents more than 1,200 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the annual BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world.