World Congress to Explore Timeline for Bringing Advanced Biofuels to Market

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Friday, March 20, 2009) - Advanced biofuels companies will report on progress toward bringing cellulosic and other next-generations biofuels – such as algae, biobutanol, and biohydogen – to the marketplace at the 2009 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, to be held July 19-22, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today released the full schedule of breakout sessions and speakers.

The full list of sessions and speakers can be found on the World Congress web site at Sessions and speakers reviewing progress in commercializing advanced biofuels include:

                        Synthetic Biology for Next Generation Biofuels

·         Jim Barber, Barber Advisors LLC

·         Bill Haywood, LS9, Inc

·         Jonathan Wolfson, Solazyme

·         Patrick Gruber, Gevo


                        Progress Toward Commercialization of Lignocellulosic Ethanol Processes

·         Kevin Gray, Verenium Corporation

·         James Flatt, Mascoma Corporation

·         Andre Koltermann, Süd-Chemie AG

·         Georg Anderl, Dupont/Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol LLC


                        Algae for Fuels and Chemicals

·         Steve Gluck, The Dow Chemical Company

·         Atul Saxena, Growdiesel Consortium

·         Ben Cloud, XL Renewables, Inc


The annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing is the original and only conference dedicated solely to industrial biotechnology and the most recent advancements in the field. Now in its sixth year, the conference will move to its largest venue to date, the Palais des congrès de Montréal (the Montreal Convention Centre). The conference web site is

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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.