BIO Announces Plenary Session Topics and Speakers for 2010 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotech and Bioenergy

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Tuesday, September 14, 2010) - The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today announced that plenary speakers will discuss future drop-in transportation and aviation biofuels, potential advances in algae and marine biotechnology and efforts to commercialize renewable chemicals. Confirmed plenary session speakers include:

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 specialty chemicals, green chemistry and biobased products from India, Asia, and emerging regions of the world. 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

The call for posters will close soon, and the application form is available online at The deadline for submitting poster abstracts has been extended to Sept. 24, 2010. Thought leaders from the biotechnology industry, academia, and science community are invited to submit proposals.

For more information on the conference or to submit a proposal, please 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 India
September 21 - 22, 2010
Hyderabad, India

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

BIO Investor Forum
October 5-6, 2010
San Francisco, CA

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

BIO represents more than 1,100 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 BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world. BIO produces BIOtech Now, an online portal and monthly newsletter chronicling “innovations transforming our world.” Subscribe to BIOtech Now.