Renewable Chemical Companies to Discuss Bringing Clean Technology to Market

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Friday, March 19, 2010) - Production of chemicals and plastics from renewable resources can inject much needed innovation into the chemical sector, reduce reliance on petroleum, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and create jobs. Executives from companies commercializing renewable chemical technology will discuss the status of this emerging industry, market acceptance, and potential help from government policy during the seventh annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, June 27-30, 2010 in Washington, D.C.

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. Early-bird registration ends April 14, 2010. Visit

Brent Erickson, executive vice president for BIO’s Industrial and Environmental Section, stated, “Biobased chemicals and plastics can replace a wide variety of petroleum-based products, and the United States has a potentially substantial competitive advantage in manufacturing them. Industrial biotechnology is bringing renewed innovation to the chemical industry; the United States is a world leader in developing industrial biotechnology for biobased products and green chemicals. Deployment of the technology can restore U.S. economic competitiveness in the chemical industry, contribute to renewed, sustainable economic growth, and create or save jobs in the sector.

“Executives from companies on the cutting-edge of the industry will meet in June at BIO’s World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing to share perspectives on the technology’s status. The World Congress has grown into the premier event for leaders from the biotechnology and bioprocessing industries, academia, and science community.”

Sessions featuring executives from the renewable chemical sector include:

Monday June 28

Bio-based Chemicals: Sustainable, Economical and Marketable
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

·         Carrie Atiyeh, ZeaChem, Inc

·         Jake Eaton, GreenWood Resources

·         James Imbler, ZeaChem, Inc

·         David Graf, The Dow Chemical Company


Novel Biotechnological Routes to Specialty and Fine Chemicals
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

·         Carolyn Fritz, Allylix, Inc

·         Richard Burlingame, Allylix

·         Michael Martino, ARZEDA

·         Jim Millis, Consultant


Tuesday, June 29

Commercialization of Succinic Acid
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

·         Alvaro Orjuela, Michigan State University

·         Hans Van der Pol, PURAC

·         Jean-Francois Huc, DNP Green Technology Inc

·         Alif Saleh, Myriant


Wednesday, June 30

New Biobased Monomers
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

·         Karl Sanford, Genencor® A Danisco Division

·         Damien Perriman, Verdezyne, Inc

·         Mark Burk, Genomatica, Inc


Higher Value Chemicals
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

·         Gregory Keenan, Virent Energy Systems, Inc

·         Dirk Den Ouden, Avantium Technologies BV

·         Brian Tockman, Segetis, Inc


Registration for the World Congress is now open and is complimentary for credentialed members of the news media. All programs at the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing are open to attendance by members of the media. Reporters and editors working full-time for print, broadcast, and online news organizations may register onsite with valid media credentials. All freelancers, college and online publications are strongly encouraged to register in advance. For more information, please visit

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April 19-21, 2010
New Orleans, LA 

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BIO International Convention
May 3-6, 2010
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2010 BIO Human Resources Conference
May 4-7, 2010
Chicago, IL 

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

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September 28-30, 2010,
Sioux Falls, SD




About BIO

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.