Innovative Industrial Biotechnology Companies to Present to Investors, Discuss Investment Trends in Clean Tech at 2012 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Apr. 12, 2012) – The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today announced the industrial biotechnology companies selected to present their technology development and business models to an elite audience of investors and analysts at BIO’s 9th annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing. The world’s largest industrial biotechnology conference for business leaders, investors, academics and policymakers in biofuels, biobased products, renewable chemicals, synthetic biology, food ingredients and biomass comes to Orlando, April 29 - May 2 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center.

“Presenting companies will cover advanced biofuels, renewable chemical platforms and biomass conversion technologies to cheap and sustainable sugar sourcing,” said Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section. “Companies will showcase their innovative technologies highlighting the industry's growth, and the importance of industrial and environmental biotechnology for generating green jobs, making greener products and cleaner processes all aimed at building a biobased economy.” 

Company executives will make formal 25-minute presentations showcasing their new technologies, accomplishments, milestones, value proposition and business case. These sessions, separate from the breakout tracks, are designed to spur investment in companies seeking to raise money. Participating executives and companies include:

Philippe Lavielle, President and CEO, Virdia

John Shaw, CEO, Itaconix

Mark Wong, CEO, Agrivida

Kef Kasdin, CEO, Proterro

Glenn Kelly, President and CEO, CO2 Solutions

Lisa Dyson, CEO, Kiverdi

Martin Sabarsky, President and CEO, Cellana

Gary Luce, President and CEO, Terrabon

BIO is also excited to announce our first investor discussion panel, which will kick-off the investor sessions on Tuesday, May 1 at 8:30am. Comprised of leading investors, the panel will discuss investment opportunities and funding sources to help identify the right funding for clean tech business. This year the panel will discuss “What Will Be The Biggest Investment Trends of 2012 in Clean Technology?” and panelists include experts from:

John May, Managing Director, Stern Brothers & Co.

Tom Erickson, Co-President and Director, First Green Partners

Noubar Afeyan, Ph.D., Managing Partner and CEO, Flagship Ventures

Mark Riedy, Member, Mintz Levin Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, PC

Roger Wyse, Ph.D., Managing Director and General Partner, Burrill & Company

William D. Lese, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Braemar Energy Ventures

Shahin Farshchi, Ph.D., Principal, Lux Capital

BIO’s World Congress will also feature six breakout session tracks over three days, with industry presentations on Advanced Biofuel Technologies; Algae and Feedstock Crops; Renewable Chemical Platforms and Biobased Materials; Specialty Chemicals; Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering; and Technical Presentations. The full program of breakout panel sessions and speakers is available online.

Online pre-registration for reporters and editors is now open. All programs at the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing are open to attendance by members of the media. Complimentary media registration is available to editors and reporters with valid press credentials working full time for print, broadcast or web publications.

Online registration for the conference in Orlando, Fla., April 29 - May 2 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center is open. Please visit for additional information, or email