Speakers to Draw Roadmap for Sustainable Production of Biofuels, Bioplastics at BIO’s Pacific Rim Summit

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Monday, August 25, 2008) - Business, academic and thought leaders will discuss how biotechnology enables sustainable production of biofuels and biobased products during the Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, Sept. 10-12 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

A plenary session titled “Industrial Biotechnology: Enabling a Sustainable Future” will feature a discussion of how advanced biofuels can be produced to maximize both economic and environmental benefits. David Blume, founder of the International Institute for Ecological Agriculture and author of Alcohol Can Be a Gas! Fueling an Ethanol Revolution for the 21st Century, argues that increased production of biofuels around the world, using local, sustainable raw materials, is critical to addressing global food, feed and fuel challenges. John Sheehan, president of PAS, Inc., will discuss sustainability criteria for the biofuels industry.

Other sessions discussing sustainability include:

“Sustainable Development of Bioenergy and Biofuels Production Systems”

·                 Maria Wellisch, Natural Resources Canada, CETC Ottawa

·                 Brian D. Titus, Natural Resources Canada, Pacific Forestry Centre

·                 Michael Doane, Monsanto Company

·                 Terry McIntyre, Environment Canada – Canada, Technologies Advancement Division


“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

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.

The Advanced Biofuels & Climate Change Information Center presents the latest commentary and data on the environmental and other impacts of biofuel production. Drop in and add your comments, at

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.