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BIO Announces Renewable Chemicals Programming for 2018 World Congress

May 25, 2018

Washington, D.C. (May 25, 2018) – The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) today announced programming information for renewable chemicals at the 2018 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology. Programming will consist of four breakout sessions on Tuesday, July 17, covering all aspects of renewable chemicals. Companies profiled in BIO’s 2018 “Renewable Chemical Platforms Building the Biobased Economy” will present renewable chemical innovations and the development of new biobased materials and biopolymers.

“The growth of renewable chemicals is particularly strong, with research suggesting that they generate a significant percentage of the total economic activity in important sectors, such as the U.S. organic chemical manufacturing industry,” said Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President, Industrial and Environmental at BIO. “At the BIO World Congress, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from leading experts on how renewable chemicals are strengthening the biobased economy.”

Industry experts, as well as executives from major industrial bioscience companies, will engage in panel discussions starting at 8:30 am, with the last panel starting at 3 pm. The four renewable chemical sessions include:

The Sleeping Giant Awakens: 2,5-Furandicarboxylic Acid

8:30 – 9:45 am


  • Marc den Hartog, Corbion
  • Michael Saltzberg, DuPont Industrial Biosciences
  • Patrick Schiffers, Synvina
  • Celene DiFrancia, Origin Materials

Renewable Chemicals Making Headway into New Materials and Consumer Biobased Products

10:15 – 11:30 am


  • John Shaw, Itaconix
  • David Sudolsky, Annellotech
  • Lisa Kennedy, Genomatica
  • Richard Peters, Zymergen

Sustainable and Performance Based Bioplastics and Biopolymers

1:15 – 2:30 pm


  • Todd Sutton, DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products
  • Eelco Blum, Avantium
  • Jens Klein, AMSilk
  • Phil Van Trump, Danimer Scientific

Bioprocessing Separations Technology to Move Renewable Chemicals and Biofuels to Market

3:00 – 4:30 pm


  • Todd Pray, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
  • Richard Rosin, LanzaTech
  • Erik Hagberg, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)
  • Jennifer Dunn, Argonne National Laboratory

All programming for the 2018 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology is now available to view.

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

Registration is now open for all attendees. Discounts for early bird registration ends June 14.

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