Energy Asst. Sec. Cathy Zoi to Give Keynote Speech at BIO’s World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Friday, June 11, 2010) - Industrial biotechnology can make significant contributions to worldwide economic growth through innovative applications for sustainable biofuels and biobased products. The Biotechnology Industry Organization announced today that U.S. Department of Energy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Cathy Zoi will address the afternoon plenary session on Monday June 28 at the 2010 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and BioProcessing. The event will take place June 27-30 at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center in Washington, D.C.

“We are thrilled to have Ms. Zoi join us at the 2010 World Congress to provide her insights into development of renewable energy and biobased products,” said Jim Greenwood, president and CEO of BIO. “She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and a strong international record in this field that will be of great interest to our attendees.”

Ms. Zoi was confirmed by the United States Senate in 2009 as Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). In this role, Ms. Zoi manages the U.S. Department of Energy’s $2.3 billion applied science, research, development, and deployment portfolio, which promotes marketplace integration of renewable and environmentally sound energy technologies. Additionally, Ms. Zoi oversees EERE’s $16.8 billion in funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. EERE is responsible for education, conservation, regulation, and efficient use of our nation’s energy resources, including federal energy management, building codes, appliance standards, vehicle technologies, and the ENERGY STAR® program. EERE works to strengthen the United States’ energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality through public-private partnerships.

BIO President and CEO, Jim Greenwood, will give opening remarks at the session, titled, “How Can We Create a Viable Biofuels Value Chain?” Ms. Zoi will join a panel moderated by Brent Erickson, executive vice president, Industrial and Environmental Section (BIO). Other featured panelists include John McDonald, Vice President and CTO, Chevron, and Marcos Jank, President and CEO, União da Indústria de Cana-de-Açúcar (UNICA), Brazil. Additional sponsor remarks will be provided by Tjerk de Rueter, Genencor® A Danisco Division. The plenary session will take place on Monday, June 28 at 4:30PM.

The plenary session will be presented via live webinar from the 2010 World Congress. A password will be required to participate. The webinar will be available at To reserve space and receive password instructions, please contact Paul Winters, Communications Director, BIO at 202-962-9237 or

The annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing – co-organized by BIO, BIOTECanada, and the U.S. Department of Energy – is the original and only conference dedicated solely to industrial biotechnology and the most recent advancements in the field. Visit

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Upcoming BIO Events

World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing
June 27-30, 2010
Washington, DC

BIO India
September 21 - 22, 2010
Hyderabad, India

BIO’s Livestock Biotechnology Summit
September 28-30, 2010,
Sioux Falls, SD

BIO Investor Forum
October 5-6, 2010
San Francisco, CA
BIO Intellectual Property Counsels Committee Fall Conference and Committee Meeting
October 18-20, 2010
Boston, MA


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BIO represents more than 1,200 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world.