Coca Cola and Dow Chemical Among Companies to Bring Consumer Focus to 2012 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology

The world's largest industrial biotechnology Conference for bio-based products, biofuels, renewable chemicals, synthetic biology, food ingredients, and biomass opens doors in Orlando

Biofuel and biobased product company executives, scientists and government officials from across the globe will speak in breakout sessions at BIO’s 9th annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing. The world’s largest industrial biotechnology conference for business leaders, investors, academics and policymakers in biofuels, biobased products, renewable chemicals, synthetic biology, food ingredients and biomass comes to Orlando, April 29 — May 2 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center.

“As widely used consumer products continue to join the biobased economy, speakers at the World Congress will highlight this growing biobased economy, in which homegrown biomass resources are transformed into consumer products,” said Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section. “In addition to creating consumer products industrial biotechnology benefits consumers by revitalizing manufacturing and creating new opportunities for agriculture, generating jobs, making greener products and cleaner processes.”

Representatives from the Dow Chemical Company, Coca Cola, the National Defense Center for Energy and Environment and more will discuss the innovative use of industrial biotech in consumer products. As companies continue to commercialize industrial biotech solutions building a worldwide biobased economy, businesses, consumers, and our environment all benefit. Breakout sessions examining the future of industrial biotech and consumer products include:

Building Blocks to Consumer Products Tuesday, May 1, 2:30pm – 4pm

  • Steve Tuttle, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Bob Bernacki, Gevo
  • Mike Schultheis, Coca-Cola Company
  • Ian McLennan, EcoSynthetix Inc
  • Olga Selifonova, Reluceo, Inc

Development of Sustainable Procurement Policies Wednesday, May 2, 10:30am – 12pm

  • George Handy, National Defense Center for Energy and Environment
  • Nancy Gillis, GSA
  • Dave Asiello, Office of Deputy Under Secretary of Defense I&E
  • Ron Buckhalt, USDA BioPreferred
  • Darden Hood, Beta Analytic

Commercial Scale Production of Renewable Chemicals Monday, April 30, 10:30am – 12pm

  • John Bissell, Micromidas Inc.
  • Christophe Schilling, Genomatica
  • Alexander Tseitlin, Ecosynthetix Inc
  • Steve Donen, Rivertop Renewables
  • Peter Nagler, Evonik Industries

BIO’s World Congress will feature six breakout session tracks over three days, with industry presentations on Advanced Biofuel Technologies; Algae and Feedstock Crops; Renewable Chemical Platforms and Biobased Materials; Specialty Chemicals; Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering; and Technical Presentations. The full program of breakout panel sessions and speakers is available online.

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

Online registration for the conference in Orlando, Fla., April 29 – May 2 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center is open. Please visit for additional information, or email

About BIO
BIO represents more than 1,100 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. BIO produces BIOtech NOW, an online portal and monthly newsletter chronicling “innovations transforming our world.”


Marketwatch, Press Release, 2012-04-19.


BETA Analytic, Inc.
Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)
Coca-Cola Co.
Dow Chemical Company
EcoSynthetix Inc.
Evonik Industries AG
Geno (formerly Genomatica, Inc.)
Gevo Inc.
Greening the Supply Chain (GSA)
Micromidas Inc.
National Defense Center for Energy and Environment (NDCEE)
Office of Deputy Under Secretary of Defense I&E
Reluceo Inc.
Rivertop Renewables
US Department of Agriculture (USDA)