BIO Issues Call for Panels and Papers for Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 2, 2007) – The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) invites scientists, researchers, and technology officers in industrial biotechnology and bioenergy to submit proposals for three-person panels and individual papers for the breakout program at the Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, to be held Nov. 14-16, 2007 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa in Honolulu.

The Pacific Rim Summit is the premiere gathering of thought leaders, investors, researchers and business executives in industrial biotechnology, bioenergy and bioprocessing. The conference will present the latest issues, innovations, market achievements and policy developments in the new field of industrial and environmental applications of biotechnology.

Biotech applications that can enable industrial processes to utilize agricultural instead of petrochemical feedstocks are growing in importance in the Pacific Rim countries. Biobased economies in various states of complexity and development are emerging throughout the region. This truly international conference will bring together academic, government, NGO, and business leaders from around the globe for a dynamic three-day event.

Applications for panels and papers are currently being accepted online at The application process is only available online through Monday, July 16, 2007.

2007 Program Tracks

· Bioenergy Production

· Marine Biotechnology and Bioprospecting

· Novel Applications and Nanotechnology

· Biobased Products, Bioplastics and Renewable Chemical Platforms

Proposals for 90-Minute Panel Sessions

Participants may submit proposals for panels in any of four program tracks. Panels should consist of one moderator (who does not deliver a formal talk) and three speakers; or three speakers, one of whom serves as both moderator and a formal speaker. Talks by panel participants should include PowerPoint presentations and should be no longer than 15 minutes, to allow for questions and answers at the end of each session. Only complete panel submissions with confirmed speakers will be considered.

Proposals for Individual Speakers/Papers

Individuals may also submit a proposal for a 15-minute presentation by a single speaker in any of the four program tracks. The Pacific Rim Summit program committee will review proposals and assemble selected submissions into appropriate panels.

The Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy is hosted by BIO, the American Chemical Society, and the State of Hawaii. For more information, visit

About BIO

BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and 31 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the annual BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry.

Upcoming BIO Events

BIO Mid-America VentureForum 2007
Sept. 24-26, 2007
Milwaukee, Wis.

BIO InvestorForum 2007
Oct. 9-11, 2007
San Francisco, Calif.

BIO-Europe 2007 International Partnering Conference
Nov. 12-14, 2007
Hamburg, Germany