BIO Pacific Rim Summit Highlights Strength of Industrial Biotech in Canada
Washington, D.C. (September 24, 2012) – The Biotechnology Industry Organization’s (BIO) 2012 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergywill feature industry leaders, university researchers and venture capitalists to facilitate networking and business partnerships this October 9-12 at the Westin Bayshorein Vancouver, Canada. Online registrationis now open.
“We are excited to bring this conference to Vancouver to highlight the industry's growth, particularly in Canada,” said Brent Erickson, executive vice president for BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section. “Industrial and environmental biotechnology is revitalizing manufacturing and creating new opportunities for agriculture, generating jobs, making greener products and cleaner processes, all aimed at building a biobased economy.”
BIO’s Pacific Rim Summit will host numerous breakout and plenary sessions with companies representing Canada including:
Forestry Companies Discovering the Biorefinery Within
Wednesday, October 10, 8:30-10am
- Laura McIlveen, Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures
- Robert Jost, Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures
- Geoff Clarke, Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc.
- Rod Albers, West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.
- Martin Feng, FPInnovations
Biogas: Surprising New Opportunities and Approaches
Wednesday, October 10, 2:30-4pm
- Michael Weedon, BC Bioenergy
- Paul Sellew, Harvest Power
- William Mahaffey, Luca Technologies, Inc.
- Serge Guiot, National Research Council of Canada
- Christopher Bush, Catalyst Agri-Innovation Society
Overcoming Regional Biomass Feedstock Supply Challenges with Public Policy and Science
Thursday, October 11, 11:30am–1:45pm
- Paul Lansbergen, Forest Products Association of Canada
- Linda Beltz, Weyerhaeuser
- Mike Jostrom, Plum Creek Timber Company
- Desmond King, Chevron Technology Ventures
- Anna Rath, Nexsteppe
- Michael Rushton, Lignol Innovations
- Dr. Trevor Stuthridge, Scion
Advances in Enzymes used for Biomass Biorefining
Thursday, October 11, 4-5:30pm
- Jack Saddler, University of British Columbia and Valdeir Arantes, University of British Columbia
- Emma Master, University of Toronto
- Stephen Decker, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
- Jinguang Hu, University of British Columbia
- Brandon Emme, Novozymes
Media registrationis now open and available. Complimentary media registration is available to editors and reporters with valid press credentials working full time for print, broadcast or web publications.
Now in its seventh 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 http://bio.org/pacrim.
The Summit features four breakout tracks with 24 sessions, designed to keep you on the cutting edge of industrial biotech. In addition to the breakout sessions, the Pacific Rim Summit will present four plenary sessionsfeaturing international executives and academic leaders in industrial biotechnology. The plenary sessions will cover innovation and the future of advanced biofuels and biorefinery development, renewable chemicals, biomass utilization, and synthetic biology.