Algae Companies to Discuss Potential for Biofuels, Biobased Products and Chemicals

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Thursday, May 6, 2010) - Industrial biotechnology companies are exploring algae as a potential source of biofuels, chemicals, oils, animal feed and food ingredients. Executives from companies commercializing algae technology will discuss the status of the industry, market acceptance, and the need for government policy during the seventh annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioprocessing, June 27-30, 2010 in Washington, D.C.

Brent Erickson, executive vice president for BIO’s Industrial and Environmental Section, stated, “Executives from companies on the cutting-edge of the industry will meet in June at BIO’s World Congress to share perspectives on the technology’s status. The World Congress has grown into the premier event for leaders from the biotechnology and bioprocessing industries, academia, and science community.”

Sessions featuring executives from the algae sector include:

Monday June 28

Commercialization of Next Generation Advanced Biofuel Technologies
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

  • William Provine, DuPont
  • Bill Haywood, LS9, Inc.
  • Jonathan Wolfson, Solazyme, Inc.
  • Jan Koninckx, DuPont Biofuels
  • Bill Sims, Joule Unlimited, Inc.

Partnerships in Commercialization of Algae
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Mary Rosenthal, Algal Biomass Organization
  • Steve Gluck, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Jennifer Holmgren, UOP, LLC
  • Frank Prautzsch, Raytheon Company
  • Martin Sabarsky, HR BioPetroleum, Inc.

Tuesday, June 29

Photobioreactors and Fermentors: Advances in Algal Culture Technology
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Michael Weaver, Bionavitas, Inc
  • Margaret McCormick, Targeted Growth, Inc
  • Kirk Apt, Martek Biosciences Corporation

Wednesday, June 30

Key Technological Breakthroughs in the Development of Algae-Based Energy Solutions
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Thomas Byrne, Byrne & Company Limited
  • Michael Weaver, Bionavitas, Inc
  • Harrison Dillon, Solazyme
  • Paul Woods, Algenol Biofuels Inc
  • Cesar Granda, Terrabon, LLC

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Upcoming BIO Events

World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing
June 27-30, 2010
Washington, DC

BIO India
September 21 - 22, 2010
Hyderabad, India

BIO’s Livestock Biotechnology Summit
September 28-30, 2010,
Sioux Falls, SD

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