BIO to Host Synthetic Biology Workshop at 2010 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotech and Bioenergy

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Wednesday, November 24, 2010) - The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today announced a specialized workshop on advancements in synthetic biology that will highlight a new effort called the BIOFAB: International Open Facility Advancing Biotechnology, which aims to produce thousands of free, standardized DNA parts.

Speakers at the Advancements in Synthetic Biology & BIOFAB workshop will include:

  • Dr. Drew Endy, Stanford Professor of Bioengineering & Director, BIOFAB;
  • Dr. Vivek Mutalik, UC Berkeley Professor of Bioengineering & Team Leader, BIOFAB; 
  • Holly Million, Executive Director, The BioBricks® Foundation.

The workshop will take place Sunday, Dec., 12, 2010, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Hibiscus Suite at the Hilton Hawaiian Village® Beach Resort and Spa and is open to all registered attendees at BIO’s Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy. BIO’s Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy runs Dec. 11-14 in Honolulu.

Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section, stated, “The workshop will involve a discussion of the rapidly growing field of synthetic biology and its potential to make the engineering of biology easier and more affordable, using readily available standardized parts and methodologies. Moreover, the workshop will demonstrate how physically well characterized, standardized DNA parts will shorten the development time and time-to-market for products as well as lower the cost of synthetic biology for both academia and the industrial sector. This characterization may eventually enable researchers to mix and match these “DNA parts” in synthetic organisms to produce new health care products, biofuels, renewable chemicals and biobased products.”

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. Visit

For more information on the conference, 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

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

BIO Asia International Partnering Conference
January 24-25, 2011
Tokyo, Japan

BIO CEO & Investor Conference
February 14-15, 2011
New York, NY

BIO-Europe Spring 2011
March 14-16, 2011
Milan, Italy

BIO Intellectual Property Counsels Committee Spring Conference and Committee Meeting
April 13-15, 2011
Seattle, WA

BIO International Convention
June 27-30, 2011
Washington, DC

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