Advanced Biofuel Producers Are Reaching Milestones in Commercial Development

BIO announces speakers at 2014 World Congress in Philadelphia

Washington, D.C. (March 24, 2014) – Advanced biofuel producers will discuss the industry’s progress toward commercial reality during breakout sessions at the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, the Biotechnology Industry Organization announced today. The World Congress will be held May 12-15, 2014, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

“Advanced biofuels companies are reaching a key stage of commercialization this year, with three commercial scale pioneer plants scheduled to come online,” said Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section. “BIO’s World Congress will provide a status report on additional advanced biofuel technologies – such as aviation biofuels and drop-in hydrocarbons – that are being commercialized. ”

Breakout Program Sessions on biofuels include:

Track 1: Advanced Biofuels and Biorefinery Platforms

Progress in the Aviation Biofuels Industry

Session 1: Tuesday, May 13, 8:30am-10:00am

Moderator: TBD


  • Jeff Trewella, PetroTech Consultants LLC
  • Steve Csonka, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI)
  • Charles Wyman, Vertimass LLC

Commercialization of Drop-in Biofuels

Session 2: Tuesday, May 13, 10:30am-12:00pm

Moderator: TBD


  • Perry Toms, Steeper Energy

DOE Bioenergy Research Centers Achievements

Session 3: Tuesday, May 13, 2:30pm-4:00pm

Moderator: Brian Davison, Oak Ridge National Laboratory


  • Timothy Donohue, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC)
  • Paul Gilna, BioEnergy Science Center (BESC), Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Blake Simmons, Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI)

Next Wave of Commercial Cellulosic Projects

Session 4: Wednesday, May 14, 2:30pm-4:00pm

Moderator: Robert Graham, Ensyn Corporation


  • Patrick Foody, Iogen Corporation
  • Craig Stuart-Paul, Fiberight LLC
  • Martin Mitchell, Clariant
  • Bill Brady, Mascoma

New Uses for CO2

Session 5: Thursday, May 15, 8:30am-10:00am

Moderator: Laurel Harmon, LanzaTech


  • Jonathan Carley, C02 Solutions, Inc.
  • Sissi Liu, Joule
  • Kef Kasdin, Proterro
  • Bryan Tracy, Elcriton Inc.

The Future of the Renewable Fuel Standard

Session 6: Thursday, May 15, 10:30am-12:00pm

Moderator: TBD


  • Jeremy Martin, Union of Concerned Scientists

All World Congress sessions are open to credentialed media. Complimentary media registration is available to editors and reporters with valid press credentials working full time for print, broadcast or web publications. Pre-registration for reporters is now open.

About BIO
BIO is the world’s largest trade association representing 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. BIOtechNOW is BIO’s blog chronicling “innovations transforming our world” and the BIO Newsletter is the organization’s bi-weekly email newsletter. Subscribe to the BIO Newsletter.

Caitlin G Kennedy
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Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), press release, 2014-03-24.


BioEnergy Science Center (BESC)
Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)
Clariant International AG
CO2 Solutions
Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI)
Ensyn Corporation
Fiberight LLC
Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC)
Iogen Corporation
Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI)
Joule Unlimited, Inc.
LanzaTech Ltd.
Mascoma Corporation
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
PetroTech Consultants LLC
Proterro, Inc.
Union of Concerned Scientists


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