BIO Announces Plenary Session Speakers for the 2014 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announces an exclusive line-up of high-level industry executives for its <a href="">Plenary Program</a> during BIO&rsquo;s <a href="">11th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology</a>. The world&rsquo;s largest industrial biotechnology event will be held May 12 &ndash; 15, 2014, at the <a href="">Pennsylvania Convention Center</a> in Philadelphia.&nbsp;</p>

World’s Largest Industrial Biotech Conference to be Held in Philadelphia in May

Washington, D.C. (March 10, 2014) – The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announces an exclusive line-up of high-level industry executives for its Plenary Program during BIO’s 11th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology. The world’s largest industrial biotechnology event will be held May 12 – 15, 2014, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

"Consumer demand for cleaner, environmentally healthier products and fuels is creating a market opportunity for biobased products," said Brent Erickson, executive vice president for BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section. “Executives from cutting-edge renewable chemical and industrial biotechnology companies will explore potential new global markets and investments for biobased products during the three-day program.”

Plenary Sessions include:

Biorefinery Commercialization

Tuesday, May 13
12:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Industry executives discuss what it takes to build a successful, commercial-scale biorefinery in today’s regulatory and economic environment.

Moderator: Salim Morsy, Analyst, Bloomberg New Energy Finance


  • Ellen Kullman, Chair of the Board and CEO, DuPont
  • K'Lynne Johnson, President and CEO, Elevance Renewable Sciences
  • Guido Ghisolfi, Chairman and CEO, Beta Renewables


Novel Sugar and Oil Platforms for the Modern Biobased Economy

Tuesday, May 13
4:30 pm-6:00 pm

International producers examine the status of feedstock development for modern biorefineries, highlighting current research and development of sugars and oils, such as algae and camelina.


  • Mike Hamilton, CEO, Renmatix
  • Miguel Oliveira, Executive Director, Global Innovation, Bunge
  • Jaime Finguerut, Industrial Strategic Development, Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira (CTC)
  • Jack Grushcow, Founder, President and CEO, Linnaeus Plant Sciences
  • Jonathan Wolfson, CEO, Solazyme (invited)
  • Bas Melssen, Executive Vice President, Strategic Impact, Malaysian Innovation Agency (invited)


New Markets and Opportunities for Biofuels Investment

Wednesday, May 14
8:00 am - 10:00 am

Advanced biofuels producers, airline executives, refiners, and industry analysts will discuss global opportunities, and new and existing markets for biofuels deployment.  Panelists will also highlight the current policy trends and the changing public perception of biofuels and impacts on investment in the sector. 

Moderator: Cheryl Martin, Acting Director, ARPA-E


  • Javier Garoz, CEO, Abengoa Bioenergy
  • Jonathan Counsell, Head of Environment, British Airways (invited)
  • Paul Beckwith, Chief Executive Officer, Butamax (invited)
  • Claudio Bertelli, Global Business Development Director, Renewable Energy and Chemicals, UOP (invited)
  • Eric van den Heuvel, Project Manager, Renewable Fuels, Argos Energies (invited)
  • Kaisa Hietala, Vice President, Renewable Fuels, Neste Oil (invited)


Rethinking Chemistry - Driving Innovation with Renewable Chemical Platforms

Wednesday, May 14
12:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Chemical company executives, biotech leaders, and industry analysts will discuss trends in renewable chemical investments, shifts in attitudes by large scale traditional chemical companies, and the current state of play for industrial biotech companies.

Moderator: Ally LaTourelle, Principal, Bioeconomy Partners


  • William H. Baum, Chief Business Development Officer, Genomatica
  • Markus Pompejus, Vice President of White Biotechnology, North America, BASF Corporation
  • Alexandre Elias, International Markets Director, Braskem
  • Francois Monnet, Executive VP, Advanced Technologies Director, Solvay (invited)
  • Karl Haider, Innovation Manager, Bayer Material Science (invited)


Consumer Demand Trends for Biobased Products

Thursday, May 15
12:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Brand owners and other downstream partners give their views on the role of industrial biotechnology within the global consumer product marketplace.

Moderator: Melody Bomgardner, Senior Business Editor, Chemical & Engineering News


  • Kirk Apt, PhD, Chief Research Scientist, DSM Nutritional Products, Royal DSM NV
  • Neil Parry, Head of Biotechnology Science, Unilever
  • Stephan Krinke, Group Research Head of Environmental Affairs Production, Volkswagen (invited)
  • Michel Phillipe, Sustainable Transformations Manager, L’Oréal (invited)
  • John Frazier, Senior Director of Chemical Innovation, Nike (invited)


To learn more about the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, including registration and program information, please visit here.

All World Congress sessions are open to credentialed media. Complimentary media registration is available to editors and reporters with valid press credentials working full time for print, broadcast or web publications. Pre-registration for reporters is now open.