BIO Announces Breakout Sessions and Speakers for 2010 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotech and Bioenergy

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Thursday, October 07, 2010) - The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today announced speakers and sessions in the breakout program for the 2010 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, to be held Dec. 11-14 in Honolulu. Featured Speakers in the breakout program will describe the latest advancements in biotechnology for biofuels and renewable chemicals. Featured sessions include:

Algae Production Systems Development in Hawaii

  • Scott Turn, University of Hawaii
  • David Hazlebeck, General Atomics
  • Adelheid Kuehnle, Kuehnle Argosystems, LLC
  • Mele Chillingworth, University of Hawaii
  • Scott Shibata, Hawaii Bioenergy

Commercialization of Cellulosic Ethanol: On the Development Track

  • Sarah Teter, Novozymes, Inc
  • Spencer Swayze, Ceres, Inc
  • Barry Wortzman, Greenfield Ethanol
  • Christian Morgen, Inbicon A/S
  • Jochen Gerlach, Süd-Chemie AG

Engineering Biological Systems

  • Daniel Gibson, J. Craig Venter Institute
  • Todd Peterson, Life Technologies Corporation
  • James Lalonde, Codexis, Inc
  • Alexander Beliaev, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Bio-Products from Bio-Refineries: Turning Challenges to Profitable Opportunities

  • Bhima Vijayendran, Battelle Science & Technology Malaysia
  • John C. Tao, Weyerhaeuser
  • Rob Kirschbaum, DSM Innovation Center
  • Abdul Rashid A.M, Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM)
  • Thomas Butcher, Reinhold Mann Brookhaven National Laboratory

Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section, stated, “The Pacific Rim Summit promises to showcase industrial biotechnology innovation and developments in algae, cellulosic biofuels, synthetic biology and metabolic engineering, and bioprocessing. We are excited to present an outstanding line-up of thought leaders and entrepreneurs from leading companies and research organizations.”

Now in its fifth year, the Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy will address the latest issues in industrial biotechnology, including algae, advanced biofuels, biopolymers and bioplastics, dedicated energy crops, green chemistry, and synthetic biology. The annual Pacific Rim Summit is the original conference dedicated solely to growth of the industrial biotechnology sector in Asia and the Americas. Conference and hotel registration are now open. Visit For assistance, please contact or 202-962-9200.

BIO is pleased to announce that the 2010 Pacific Rim Summit with take place directly ahead of Pacifichem (December 15-20, 2010). With only one trip to Hawaii, you can experience two world class conferences. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity!

Media registration is now open and available online at All programs at the Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy are open to attendance by members of the media. Complimentary media registration is available to editors and reporters with valid press credentials working full time for print, broadcast or web publications.


Upcoming BIO Events

BIO Intellectual Property Counsels Committee Fall Conference and Committee Meeting
October 18-20, 2010
Boston, MA

Advanced Business Development Course
November 12-14, 2010
Munich, Germany

BIO-Europe International Partnering Conference
November 15-17, 2010
Munich, Germany

Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy
December 11-14, 2010
Honolulu, HI

About BIO

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