New Partnerships for Advanced Biofuels, Biobased Products To Be Showcased at BIO’s Pacific Rim Summit

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Friday, September 05, 2008) - More than 400 business leaders and public officials will gather at the Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, Sept. 10-12 in Vancouver, British Columbia to showcase new business models and public policies for commercializing advanced biofuel technology.

A plenary session titled “Global Energy, Forestry and Chemical Industry Partnerships: A New Business Model for Advanced Biofuels?” on Friday Sept. 12 at 12:30 p.m. PDT will feature leaders from U.S. and Canadian companies working to bring advanced biofuels to market:

·                 Mike Burnside, president and CEO, Catchlight Energy LLC, a Chevron-Weyerhaeuser Joint Venture;

·                 Jennifer Holmgren, director, Renewable Energy and Chemicals, UOP LLC; and

·                 Joseph Skurla, president, DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol LLC.

Breakout sessions at the Summit will also highlight new companies and partnerships for developing advanced biofuels and biobased products, including:

“The Path to a Sustainable Chemical Industry”

·                 Jim Stoppert, Segetis, Inc.

·                 Sergey Selifonov, Segetis, Inc.

·                 Jim Millis, Draths Corp.

·                 Christopher Ryan, NatureWorks, LLC


“Utilization of Algae and Marine Bioresources”

·                 Steven Dillingham, Strategro International

·                 Abayomi Alabi, Seed Science Limited

·                 Edward Shonsey, HR BioPetroleum



“Third Generation Biofuels: The Pathway from Biomass to Green Hydrocarbons”

·                 Randal Goodfellow, Ensyn Technologies

·                 David C. Boulard, Ensyn Technologies

·                 Jennifer Holmgren, UOP, LLC

·                 Don Roberts, CIBC World Markets Corporation


For additional information about speakers and sessions at the Pacific Rim Summit, visit Media registration is 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.

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, Genome British Columbia, Vancouver Economic Development Commission and Farris, Vaughan, Willis & Murphy LLP. 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.

BIO-LES 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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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.