BIO Announces Speaker Line-up for Leadership Summit

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Tuesday, May 05, 2009) - Final preparations are underway for the Leadership Summit on Food and Fuel Sustainability at the 2009 BIO International Convention.  The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced today an impressive line-up of speakers who will address Summit attendees.

“This educational summit brings together agriculture, energy, environmental, business and policy experts from around the world to discuss how we are meeting food and fuel challenges through biotechnology,” said Jim Greenwood, BIO President and CEO. “This session considers the unique challenges of sustainability in the 21st century and the tools and solutions that modern biotechnology has to offer.”

Leading off the program at 1:00 p.m. will be opening remarks by Roger E. Wyse, Managing Director – Burrill & Company who will deliver a talk, “A Perfect Storm for Biotechnology and Biofuels.”  

Andrew Young, Jr., Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, will present the keynote address on “Why Sustainability is Fundamental to Business Development.”  Ambassador Young will be introduced by Jerry Steiner, Executive Vice President – Monsanto Company, who will also moderate a discussion following the keynote.

A panel discussion addressing the topic of “Challenges and Solutions for Sustainability in the 21st Century” will follow with presentations from Bill Caesar, Principal – McKinsey & Company and Ignacio Gavilan, Sustainability Strategy Manager – BP Biofuels UK Ltd.  This discussion will be moderated by Cenan Ozmeral, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Specialty Chemicals – BioEnergy International, LLC.

The final panel, “Agricultural Production: Meeting the Sustainability Challenge,” will feature remarks by Ernesto Brovelli, Ph.D. and Senior Manager for Sustainable Agriculture Environment and Water Resources – The Coca-Cola Company; John Pierce, Vice President of Technology – DuPont Applied BioSciences; and Rod Snyder, Director of Public Policy – National Corn Growers Association.  This panel will be moderated by Joachim Schneider, Head of BioScience Business Unit – Bayer CropScience Lyon, France.

The Summit, scheduled for Monday, May 18, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, will discuss how population growth and global climate change affect the demands for food and fuel, and how biotechnology is helping to meet those growing demands.

To register for the 2009 BIO International Convention, please visit

The BIO International Convention helps to support BIO programs and initiatives. BIO works throughout the year to create a policy environment that enables the industry to continue to fulfill its vision of bettering the world through biotechnology innovation. For more information on the global event for biotechnology, including program and housing information, please visit  

Upcoming BIO Events

BIO-LES Business Development Basics Course
May 15–17, 2009
Atlanta, GA  

BIO-LES Advanced Business Development Course
May 15–17, 2009
Atlanta, GA 

BIO Executive Presentation Workshop
May 17, 2009
Atlanta, GA

BIO Human Resources Conference
May 17-19, 2009
Atlanta, GA

2009 BIO International Convention
May 18-21, 2009
Atlanta, Ga.

BioEquity Europe
June 9-10, 2009
Munich, Germany

World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioprocessing
July 19-22, 2009
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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 BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world.