Renewable Chemicals and Biobased Consumer Products Featured at BIO’s 2013 Pacific Rim Summit in San Diego

Investment in innovative biobased platforms for renewable chemicals can provide real opportunities

Washington, D.C. (Oct 28, 2013) – Use of renewable chemicals to replace petroleum chemicals is growing rapidly due to consumer demand. The Biotechnology Industry Organization’s (BIO) 2013 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy will feature presentations on cutting edge platforms used to create better and more efficient renewable chemicals for broader applications. The Pacific Rim Summit will be co-organized by BIOCOM and held in San Diego, December 8-11, 2013 at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter.

“Growth in renewable chemicals has been driven by the volatile price of oil and consumer demand for more environmentally healthy products,” Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section said regarding the upcoming Renewable Chemicals Track. “Renewable chemical producers are looking for partnerships across the Pacific to further the growth of the industry. Investment in innovative formation of biobased platforms for renewable chemicals can provide real opportunities to create green jobs, reduce dependence on foreign oil and increase energy security for the United States.”

With a complete track of breakout sessions on Renewable Chemicals Platforms, the Pacific Rim Summit will showcase a diverse set of industry panelists highlighting comparisons between the uses of conventional versus modern platforms for the production of renewable chemicals. Attendees will also have access to presentations deliberating on novel renewable chemicals and consumer products while becoming familiar with innovative processes to bring these products to commercialization. Lastly, registrants will have access to high level discussions arguing for the inclusion of biobased consumer products in the oleochemical value chain.

Featured Breakout Sessions Include:

Track 3: Renewable Chemicals Platforms

Differentiation for Biobased Chemicals

Session 1: Monday, December 9 – 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

  • Moderator: Damien Perriman, Genomatica
  • Damien Perriman, Genomatica
  • Jeffrey Hsu, Far Eastern New Century
  • Bando Takehiko, Mitsubishi Chemicals
  • Andy Shafer, Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc.

Expanding the Oleochemical Value Chain to Biobased Consumer Products

Session 2: Monday, December 9 – 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Moderator: Tom Beardslee, Verdezyne
  • Tom Beardslee, Verdezyne
  • Sam Bhargava, Jarden Applied Materials
  • Allen Barbieri, Biosynthetic Technologies
  • Azli Razali, Sime Darby

Renewable Chemicals and Consumer Products

Session 3: Monday, December 9 – 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

  • Moderator: Max Senechal, Metabolix
  • Nagib Ward, Deinove, SA
  • Mark Herrema, Newlight Technologies
  • Jeff Uhrig, Bioformix
  • John Bissell, Micromidas

Processes Leading to Commercialization

Session 4: Tuesday, December 10 – 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

  • Moderator: Atul Thakrar, Segetis
  • Atul Thakrar, Segetis
  • Sue Hager, Myriant Corporation
  • Marcel Lubben, DSM
  • Jayant Sawant, Praj Matrix – The Innovation Center

Fine Chemicals Manufacturing Using Biocatalysts

Session 5: Tuesday, December 10 – 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

  • Moderator: Pedro Coelho, Provivi, Inc.
  • Pedro Coelho, Provivi, Inc.
  • Naresh Gupta, Lupin Ltd.
  • Ajay Parikh, ZCL Chemicals
  • Anand Ghosalkar, Praj Corporation

Innovation in Renewable Chemical Platforms

Session 6: Tuesday, December 10 – 8:30 AM- 10:00 AM

  • Moderator: Peter Keeling, Iowa State University
  • Andy Shafer, Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc.
  • Karl Sanford, DuPont/Danisco
  • Joe Noel, Pareto Biotechnologies
  • Jeff Fornero, Glucan Biorenewables

Now in its eighth year, the Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy will also address the latest issues in industrial biotechnology, including algae, advanced biofuels, biopolymers and bioplastics, dedicated energy crops, and green chemistry. The annual Pacific Rim Summit is the original conference dedicated solely to growth of the industrial biotechnology sector in Asia and the Americas. Visit

Media registration is now open and available. Complimentary media registration is available to editors and reporters with valid press credentials working full time for print, broadcast or web publications. All Pacific Rim Summit sessions are open to credentialed media.

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 BIOtechNOW, an online portal and monthly newsletter chronicling “innovations transforming our world.” Subscribe to BIOtechNOW.


Biotechnology Industry Organization BIO, press release, 2013-10-28.


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