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BIO World Congress Announces New Education Track and Plenary Session on Food Ingredients and Personal Care

May 2, 2017

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) today announced additional speakers for the 2017 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology. The education program features seven diverse education tracks with speakers from around the world over three days of the conference. The world’s largest industrial biotechnology and partnering event will be held July 23-26, 2017 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section, stated, “The 2017 BIO World Congress will feature a full track of educational sessions on use of industrial biotechnology to produce flavorings, fragrances and cosmetic ingredients for everyday consumer items. Speakers from the food and cosmetic industries will highlight technological innovations in this sector and discuss current and future market trends.”


Sessions featuring Flavors, Fragrances and Food Ingredients include:

Plenary: Biotech and the Future of Food Ingredients, Flavorings, and Personal Care
Mon. July 24, 3:45 pm


  • Gwen Rosenberg, President, Rosenberg Business Communications
  • Andreas Birmoser, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Stora Enso Biomaterials
  • John Melo, President and CEO, Amyris
  • Markus Pompejus, Vice President, Innovation and Scouting Bioscience Research, BASF Corporation
  • Jill Zullo, Vice President, Bioindustrials NA, Cargill


Synthesizing Specialty Ingredients for Cosmetics, Flavors, Food Ingredients, Fragrances
Mon. July 24, 10:30 AM


  • David Demirjian, President, zuChem
  • Emmanuel Petiot, CEO, DEINOVE
  • Pramod Kumbhar, CTO and Executive Vice President, Praj Matrix
  • Rainer Figge, Director, Business Development, Alderys
  • Neil Goldsmith, CEO, Evolva


Opportunities to Produce Nutritional Value Products
Tues. July 25, 2:30 PM


  • Bill Baum, CBO, Triton Nutrition
  • Steve Hartig, VP, Technology Development, ICM, Inc.
  • Jacques Beaudry-Losique, CBO, Algenol Biotech
  • Sean O’Connor, CEO, Nucelis
  • David Anton, COO, Cellana


Harnessing Industrial Biotechnology to Meet Aquaculture Feed Needs
Wed. July 26, 8:30 AM


  • Joel Stone, President, ConVergInce Advisers
  • André Dumas, Director, Fish Nutrition, Center for Aquaculture Technologies Canada
  • Larry Feinberg, CEO, KnipBio
  • Bryan Tracy, CEO, White Dog Labs
  • Josh Silverman, Chief Product and Innovation Officer, Calysta


Microalgae Ingredients for Foods: A Biomass Source to Enrich the Biobased Foods Industry
Wed. July 26, 10:30 AM


  • Matt Carr, Executive Director, Algae Biomass Organization
  • Blandine Baert, Nutrition & Health Program Management, Microalgae Project Manager, Roquette Group
  • Amha Belay, CTO, Earthrise Nutritionals
  • Jill Kauffman Johnson, Vice President, Global Sustainability and External Affairs, TerraVia
  • Ross Zirkle, Director, Molecular Biotechnology, DSM Nutritional Products


All programs at the 2017 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology are open to members of the media. Complimentary media registration is available to editors and reporters working full time for print, broadcast or web publications with valid press credentials.

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