BIO’s World Congress to Feature Panels on Food Ingredients and Personal Care

New speakers and sessions have been announced for the 2017 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, which will return to Montreal July 23-26 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. The new sessions announced today include executives from food and nutrition companies speaking with leaders from the industrial biotechnology sector.

“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,” said Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section.

Featured speakers on the Monday July 24 afternoon plenary session, titled Biotech and the Future of Food Ingredients, Flavorings, and Personal Care, include Andreas Birmoser, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, with  Stora Enso Biomaterials; John Melo, President and CEO of Amyris; Markus Pompejus, Vice President, Innovation and Scouting Bioscience Research at BASF Corporation and Jill Zullo, Vice President, Bioindustrials NA, Cargill.

Breakout education sessions in the Flavors, Fragrances and Food Ingredients track will feature executives from Evolva, KnipBio, White Dog Labs, Calysta, Roquette, Earthrise Nutritionals, and TerraVia.

For more information on the conference please visit www.bio.org/worldcongress.

BIO’s World Congress to Feature Panels on Food Ingredients and Personal Care

New speakers and sessions have been announced for the 2017 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, which will return to Montreal July 23-26 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. The new sessions announced today include executives from food and nutrition companies speaking with leaders from the industrial biotechnology sector.

“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,” said Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section.

Featured speakers on the Monday July 24 afternoon plenary session, titled Biotech and the Future of Food Ingredients, Flavorings, and Personal Care, include Andreas Birmoser, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, with  Stora Enso Biomaterials; John Melo, President and CEO of Amyris; Markus Pompejus, Vice President, Innovation and Scouting Bioscience Research at BASF Corporation and Jill Zullo, Vice President, Bioindustrials NA, Cargill.

Breakout education sessions in the Flavors, Fragrances and Food Ingredients track will feature executives from Evolva, KnipBio, White Dog Labs, Calysta, Roquette, Earthrise Nutritionals, and TerraVia.

For more information on the conference please visit www.bio.org/worldcongress.

Education Sessions for #BIOWC17 Announced

Education program session titles and speakers for the 2017 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology are now available on the conference website. The education program features seven diverse content tracks over three days of the conference, drawing speakers from across the globe. #BIOWC17 is the world’s largest industrial biotechnology and partnering event, and it will be held July 23-26, 2017 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

“BIO’s 2017 World Congress will feature the most diverse group of speakers and presenters in the conference’s history, with scientists and executives from start-up companies, investors from the finance sector, consumer product manufacturers and government officials from across Canada, Europe, the United States and Asia,” Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section, says. “The education program and partnering system provide a unique forum for conference attendees to share the latest advances in renewable chemicals, synthetic biology, enzymes, food ingredients, fragrances, flavors, cosmetics, biofuels and biorefineries, agricultural crops and biobased materials.”

Representatives from well-known brand owners such as IKEA, Unilever, Method and Seventh Generation will be featured on breakout and plenary panels alongside executives from start-up renewable chemical companies that are developing ingredients and materials for better consumer products. Industry analysts and investment gurus will offer an economic growth outlook. Many — but by no means all — of the sessions will be hosted in the Renewable Chemicals and Biobased Materials education track.

#BIOWC17 Preview Into the Plenary Program

BIO has officially released the list of speakers for plenary programs at the 2017 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology! Sessions will feature executives from the renewable chemicals, enzymes, biofuels, biobased  products, household and personal care, flavorings and fragrances, and airline industries who will discuss technology breakthroughs, business partnerships and sustainability initiatives.

This year’s plenary program has been revamped to explore new and trending themes emerging within the industry. One panel will provide an overview of the current state of biobased food ingredients, flavorings, and personal care products and where market trends are headed in the future. Additionally, attendees will get a chance to hear from industry representatives and trade reporters on how to meaningfully communicate about the biobased economy.

Some highlighted Plenary Sessions include:

Biotech and the Future of Food Ingredients, Flavorings, and Personal Care 
Monday, July 24, 2017
3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Speakers:

  • Andreas Birmoser, Senior Vice President Strategy and Business Development, Stora Enso Biomaterials
  • John Melo, President and Chief Executive Officer, Amyris
  • Markus Pompejus, Vice President White Biotechnology Research North America, BASF Corporation
  • Jill Zullo, Vice President, Bioindustrials NA, Cargill

Second Generation Biofuels Poised for Big Wins
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
8:30 am – 10:00 am

Moderator: Jim Lane, Editor and Publisher, The Digest
Speakers:

  • Marc Delcourt, Chief Executive Officer, Global Bioenergies
  • Jonas Markusson, Innovation and Product Development Manager, SEKAB (Invited)
  • Hermann Pengg, Head of Renewable Fuels & Lifecycle Analysis Department, Audi AG
  • Mario Pennisi, Chief Executive Officer, Life Sciences Queensland
  • Mena Salib, Manager of Aircraft Noise and Emissions, Air Canada

Effectively Communicating the Benefits of Industrial Biotechnology
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
11:45 am – 1:30 pm

Moderator: Rebecca Coons, Senior Editor, Chemical Week, IHS Chemical

Speakers:

  • Herman Betten, Global Head of Public Relations, DSM
  • Melody Bomgardner, Senior Business Editor, Chemical & Engineering News
  • Doris de Guzman, Senior Consultant – Bio-Materials, Tecnon OrbiChem USA
  • Stephan Herrera, Vice President, Strategy and Public Affairs, Evolva
  • Sylvie Latieule, Director, Info Chimie Magazine

The world’s largest industrial biotechnology event will be held July 23-26, 2017 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Visit here to register and follow us Twitter at @IAmBiotech using #BIOWC17.

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#BIOWC17 Preview Into the Plenary Program

BIO has officially released the list of speakers for plenary programs at the 2017 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology! Sessions will feature executives from the renewable chemicals, enzymes, biofuels, biobased  products, household and personal care, flavorings and fragrances, and airline industries who will discuss technology breakthroughs, business partnerships and sustainability initiatives.

This year’s plenary program has been revamped to explore new and trending themes emerging within the industry. One panel will provide an overview of the current state of biobased food ingredients, flavorings, and personal care products and where market trends are headed in the future. Additionally, attendees will get a chance to hear from industry representatives and trade reporters on how to meaningfully communicate about the biobased economy.

Some highlighted Plenary Sessions include:

Biotech and the Future of Food Ingredients, Flavorings, and Personal Care 
Monday, July 24, 2017
3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Speakers:

  • Andreas Birmoser, Senior Vice President Strategy and Business Development, Stora Enso Biomaterials
  • John Melo, President and Chief Executive Officer, Amyris
  • Markus Pompejus, Vice President White Biotechnology Research North America, BASF Corporation
  • Jill Zullo, Vice President, Bioindustrials NA, Cargill

Second Generation Biofuels Poised for Big Wins
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
8:30 am – 10:00 am

Moderator: Jim Lane, Editor and Publisher, The Digest
Speakers:

  • Marc Delcourt, Chief Executive Officer, Global Bioenergies
  • Jonas Markusson, Innovation and Product Development Manager, SEKAB (Invited)
  • Hermann Pengg, Head of Renewable Fuels & Lifecycle Analysis Department, Audi AG
  • Mario Pennisi, Chief Executive Officer, Life Sciences Queensland
  • Mena Salib, Manager of Aircraft Noise and Emissions, Air Canada

Effectively Communicating the Benefits of Industrial Biotechnology
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
11:45 am – 1:30 pm

Moderator: Rebecca Coons, Senior Editor, Chemical Week, IHS Chemical

Speakers:

  • Herman Betten, Global Head of Public Relations, DSM
  • Melody Bomgardner, Senior Business Editor, Chemical & Engineering News
  • Doris de Guzman, Senior Consultant – Bio-Materials, Tecnon OrbiChem USA
  • Stephan Herrera, Vice President, Strategy and Public Affairs, Evolva
  • Sylvie Latieule, Director, Info Chimie Magazine

The world’s largest industrial biotechnology event will be held July 23-26, 2017 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Visit here to register and follow us Twitter at @IAmBiotech using #BIOWC17.

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#BeBoldForChange: BIO Rosalind Franklin Award and Intl. Women’s Day!

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated each year on March 8. It is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. IWD has been observed since the early 1900’s and is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women’s Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause.

To celebrate IWD, BIO saw it fitting to announce that it is now accepting nominations for its annual Rosalind Franklin Award. Rosalind Franklin conceived and captured Photograph 51 of the “B” form of DNA in 1952, while at King’s College in London. This photograph, acquired through 100 hours of X-ray exposure from a machine Dr. Franklin herself refined, revealed the structure of DNA. The discovery of the structure of DNA was the single most important advance of modern biology. James Watson and Francis Crick, working at Cambridge University, used Photograph 51 as the basis for their famous model of DNA, which earned them a Nobel Prize in 1962. Though sometimes overlooked, Rosalind Franklin’s critical work and discovery in the field has allowed the biotechnology industry to become what it is today.

Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President, Industrial and Environmental at BIO, stated, “Rosalind Franklin is an inspiration to female scientists; and yet the importance of her involvement in the discovery of DNA is often undervalued. With this award we hope to honor Rosalind Franklin’s legacy and all women who have who have defied odds and made lasting contributions to the field of biotechnology.”

Nominees must be living individuals who exhibit leadership qualities, and have pioneered efforts in industrial biotechnology. Applicants should demonstrate significant innovative contributions in a field integral to the advancement of a biobased economy.

The Award will again be sponsored by the Rosalind Franklin Society whose goal is to support and showcase the careers of eminent women in science.

The 2017 BIO Rosalind Franklin Award will be presented at the 2017 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, which will be held July 23-26, 2017 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal in Montréal, Québec, Canada. The deadline for nominations is March 24, 2017.

For more information on the conference please visit www.bio.org/worldcongress.  For assistance, please contact worldcongress@bio.org.

To learn more about International Women’s Day and this year’s theme #BeBoldForChange, follow @womensday.

Collaboration is Key in an Uncertain World

It’s fair to say the last 12 months have been politically and economically tumultuous.

Events on both sides of the Atlantic have shaken up the perceived order of things and set the world on an uncertain course.

But whatever the future holds for our societies, we in the science community cannot afford to pull up our drawbridges and work in isolation.

If anything, the events of the past year have reinforced the need for us to continue and even strengthen our international collaboration efforts.

That’s why events like the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology are so important.

Photo by Matthew Horwood

Last year’s event provided a unique opportunity for more than 900 attendees from 32 countries and 32 U.S. states to make invaluable connections and showcase the best of their industries.

This year’s event, in Montréal from July 23-26, promises to be even bigger, allowing global leaders form connections and partnerships that will drive growth in the sector for years to come.

Here at the Life Sciences Hub Wales, we have spent the last year consolidating our international collaborations and outreach work.

Based in Cardiff, the capital city, the Hub was established to foster collaboration in life sciences in Wales, bringing together academic, business, clinical, government, professional services and funding organisations to provide a commercially driven resource for the sector.

We work to showcase Welsh life sciences globally, and we are determined that will continue. We have a number of mechanisms in place to achieve that aim.

Last summer we signed an international partnership agreement with four other science parks and clusters – LifeTechValley in Belgium, Sherbrooke Innopole in Canada, Medicon Village in Sweden and Inartis Foundation/Health Valley in Switzerland.

The agreement, called Twins’ International MultiHelix, will benefit each organisation’s members by helping with investments and strengthening their work in an international setting.

The Hub is also a member of the Council of European BioRegions (CEBR), a network of life science clusters across Europe that has hundreds of cluster partners across the world.

CEBR exists to create a European platform for cluster-driven initiatives, to create a profile for European clusters on the world stage and to transform competitiveness into co-operation.

The Hub is also a proud supporter of BioWales, the Welsh Government’s flagship event for the life sciences sector. Up to 700 delegates from across the world are expected to attend this year’s event, being held at Cardiff’s Millennium Centre on 7 and 8 March.

The Health and Wealth theme focuses on the latest developments in cell therapy, regenerative medicine and medical technologies, in which Wales is particularly strong. Among the keynote speakers are leading figures from GSK, Pfizer, GE Healthcare and Microsoft.

This year’s event will be an important opportunity to confirm that Wales is still open to the world.

It is clear that our sector has a global future and requires a global outlook. We must continue to make new friends and forge new international partnerships and agreements at events like BioWales and the BIO World Congress, whatever the political circumstances.

Dr Penny Owen is the interim executive chair of the Life Sciences Hub Wales. She has more than 20 years’ experience of working in the life sciences sector, specifically in R&D, marketing and operations.

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BIO Officially Opens Registration for the 2017 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology

We are  pleased to announce BIO’s World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology is the world’s largest industrial biotechnology conference that brings together from across the globe business leaders, investors, academics and policymakers in the biofuels, biobased products, renewable chemicals, synthetic biology, food ingredients and biomass sectors. The conference will be held July 23-26, 2017 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal in Montréal, Canada. Registration and housing is now open!

Take a moment to watch this short video about the conference and attendee comments.

Learn more about #BIOWC17

Education and Plenary: BIO will announce its program in March/April of 2017 – stay tuned for details on our new tracks: Flavors, Fragrances and Food Ingredients, as well as Agricultural Crop Technologies and Biomass Supply!

BIO One-on-One Partnering™ drives the world’s largest biotech partnering event.  Connect with thousands of companies through BIO’s One-on-One Partnering™ system and identify potential partners and schedule meetings prior to the Convention. In 2016, the BIO World Congress hosted 1,900+ 25-minute partnering meetings in 3 days.  Our unique and confidential business partnering systems is really  taking off!

Exhibit in Montreal! As an exhibitor at the BIO World Congress, you will gain visibility in front of influential decision makers and form valuable partnerships with leading companies, investors, researchers and more! Exhibitors will also have access to BIO’s One-on-One Partnering™ system.

Who Attends In 2016, the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology drew around 907 industry leaders from 529 companies, 32 countries and 31 states, as well as the District of Columbia. View our attendee summary.

You may want to plant your vacation around the conferences since Montreal is a terrific venue in July with lots to see and do! To learn more about the event and available registration packages, please visit https://www.bio.org/events/bio-world-congress.