BIO World Congress Explores Cross Border Collaborations In Industrial Biotech

Discover International Programming at BIO&rsquo;s 2014 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology</p>

Discover International Programming at BIO’s 2014 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology

Washington, D.C. (February 26, 2014) – Global competition in the industrial biotechnology sector is driving robust growth of the biobased economy.  The Biotechnology Industry Organization’s (BIO) World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology will explore new market and investment opportunities for biofuels and renewable chemicals through a robust plenary discussion.  The conference will be held May 12-15, 2014, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. 

“Many countries are competing to deploy industrial biotechnology as a way to boost economic growth, use efficient energy, and leverage natural resources,” said Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section. “BIO’s 2014 World Congress’ breakout program and plenary session provides attendees with new perspectives and prospects on international markets that can help grow our industry.”

BIO’s plenary, “New Markets and Opportunities for Biofuels Investment,” on Wednesday, May 14, 8:00am–10:00am, will take an analytical look into promising and favorable investment opportunities to be obtained within the biofuels sector. 

Additionally, breakout sessions as part of BIO’s international programming at World Congress include:


The Brazilian Developing Biobased Economy: Investment Opportunities

Session 2: Wednesday, May 14, 2:30pm–4:00pm


Moderator: Mariana Doria, Abiquim

·         Carlos Eduardo Cavalcanti, BNDES- Brazilian Development Bank

·         Felipe Pereira, BNDES- Brazilian Development Bank

·         Jose Vitor Bomtempo, Flavia

·         Chaves Alves, Universidade Federal de Rio Janeiro

A Year in Review - President Rouseff's First Term Policies to Benefit the Bio-economy


Session 5: Thursday, May 15, 8:30am-10:00am

Moderator: Nelson Akio Fujimoto, Secretary of Innovation/ Brazilian Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade

·         Carlos Eduardo Cavalcanti, Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES)

·         Manuel Teixeira Souza Júnior, Agroenergy Nacional Research Center (EMBRAPA Agroenergia)

·         Ricardo de Gusmão Dornelles, Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy

Global Energy Trends: The Development of Localized Feedstocks to Supply the Global Cellulosic Industry 

Session 3: Tuesday, May 13, 2:30pm-4:00pm

Moderator: Jim Lane, Biofuels Digest

·         Stuart Thomas, DuPont

·         Pablo Gutierrez, Abengoa

·         Steve Hartig, POET DSM Advanced Biofuels
Vonnie Estes, GranBio 

Regional Bioeconomy Development - Models and Success Factors


Session 4: Wednesday, May 14, 2:30pm-4:00pm

Moderator: Manfred Kircher, CLIB2021

·         Stan Blade, Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions

·         Viondette Lopez,  USDA, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

·         Bruce Babcock, Cargill Chair of Energy Economics & Director of the Biobased Industry Center, Iowa State University

BiotechCorp: Facilitating Malaysia to a Developed Economy through Industrial Biotechnology


Session 1: Tuesday, May 13, 8:30am-10:00am 

Moderator: TBD

·         Dato' Dr. Mohd Nazlee Kamal, BiotechCorp

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All World Congress sessions are open to credentialed media.  Complimentary media registration is available to editors and reporters with valid press credentials working full time for print, broadcast or web publications.  Pre-registration for reporters is now open.