Biotech Research, Certification Standards for Advanced, Low-Carbon Biofuels To Be Featured at Pacific Rim Summit

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Tuesday, August 12, 2008) - Research scientists and international officials will explore biotechnology’s potential to create advanced biofuels that can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions during the Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, Sept. 10-12 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The opening plenary session will feature a discussion of how advanced biofuels will reduce climate change emissions. Chris Somerville, director of the Energy Biosciences Institute at the University of California Berkeley, will discuss the institute’s program of research into advanced, low-carbon biofuels. Don O’Connor, president of (S&T)² Consultants Inc., will discuss bioenergy activity in Canada.

Other sessions presenting advanced research and development for new fuels and chemicals include:

Sourcing Sustainable Biofuels
Jane Earley, Earley & White Consulting Group, LLC
Plinio Nastare, Datagro LTDA 
Jeroen Douglas, Solidaridad


“Life Cycle Assessment of Biofuels”
Jeffrey Frost, AgRefresh
Tom Kalnes, UOP, LLC
Irshad Ahmed, Pure Energy Corporation

Media registration is now available online at Complimentary media registration is available to editors and reporters working full time for print, broadcast or web publications. All programs at the Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy are open to media. For additional information about speakers and sessions at the Pacific Rim Summit, visit

The Pacific Rim Summit is the only global conference dedicated to building innovative collaborations in industrial biotechnology across the Pacific. The conference is co-organized by BIO, BIOTECanada, and Life Sciences British Columbia with additional support provided by BC Innovation Council and Genome British Columbia. Media registration is complimentary for credentialed members of the news media.

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Upcoming BIO Events

Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy

Sept. 10-12, 2008
Vancouver, BC, Canada 

Intellectual Property Council Committee Fall Conference and Meeting
October 20-22, 2008
Orlando, Fla.

BIO HR Conference 2008
October 26-28, 2008
San Diego, Calif.

Advanced Business Development Course
October 27-29, 2008
San Francisco, Calif.

BIO Investor Forum 2008
October 29-31, 2008
San Francisco, Calif.

Advanced Business Development Course
November 14-16, 2008
Mannheim/Heidelberg, Germany

BIO-Europe 2008
November 17-19, 2008
Mannheim/Heidelberg, Germany

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

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