EuropaBio and Smithers Rapra, in association with IAR, unveil the agenda for the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology

from 1-2 October 2014 taking place in the heart of Champagne-Ardenne

BRUSSELS, Belgium. 29 May 2014. Committed to creating a forum to address opportunities and challenges for the biobased economy, EFIB is consistent in attracting an unrivalled calibre of speakers from across the fields of both policy and business. This year’s high level plenary includes a French ministerial address from this year’s host nation, complemented by the European Commission’s take on the future evolution of the European biobased economy. These insights will be followed by a discussion on the shale gas revolution and its likely impact on investments and market development for both the petrochemical and biobased value chains, featuring representatives from Shell and European Bioplastics.

Leading players in emerging value chains will also share their perspectives on the exciting opportunities for improving the sustainability profile of industrial production, on the closing plenary panel, including Coca Cola and Unilever, Natureworks, DSM, Suedzucker, and representatives from the European Commission and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials.

In addition to the high profile plenaries, the programme features parallel tracks, enabling delegates to build their own agenda choosing from presentations on a range of recent developments. Delegates can pick from the ever-popular innovation track, showcasing the brightest and best new innovations in IB from 2013-2014, or in-depth focus tracks on financing the biobased economy, achieving global scale-up aided by international policy developments and European feedstock competitiveness and sustainability.

Session highlights include insights from David Harris Kolada of Sustainable Development Technology Canada on policy turned into practice to advance the biobased economy, one of eight case studies from across the world, in a session chaired by Barend Verachtet of the European Commission’s DG Research and Innovation.

The financing roundtable, led by Dirk Carrez, Executive Director of Biobased Industries Consortium will feature perspectives from PNO, Rabobank, EIB, the Biobased Industries PPP and Sofinova Partners to depict how the funding landscape is changing both in Europe and overseas.

In addition, we will take a look at the European Innovation Partnership for Productive and Sustainable Agriculture and how it will contribute to the development of a more competitive and dynamic EU bioeconomy with Virginie Rimbert, representative of the European Commission’s DG Agriculture.

Also this year, the innovation track showcases how innovation in this sector is accelerating and how value is being added to the bioeconomy through increased investments in Europe by companies such as Verdezyne, Deinove and MetGen.

View all the confirmed speakers

“EFIB will once again be the #1 EU event where business meets policy in this transformative and rapidly evolving field. We are delighted to host EFIB, in Reims, capital of the beautiful Champagne-Ardenne region, which is itself a thriving hub for biobased industries and expertise. We look forward to shaping the future of this exciting sector together with a record number of participants” Nathalie Moll, Secretary General, EuropaBio

EFIB takes place 30 September – 2 October, Reims Congress Center, Champagne-Ardenne, France.

For the full agenda and for more information visit

EFIB is taking place during biorefinery week and also in the lead up to European Biotech Week on 6- 10 October. For more information visit


EFIB forum, press release, 2014-06-05.


Coca-Cola Co.
Danone S.A.
European Bioplastics e.V.
European Commission
European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Biobased Economy (EFIB)
NatureWorks LLC
Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB)
Shell Group
Smithers Rapra Technology Ltd
Südzucker AG
Verdezyne, Inc.


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