New Synthetic Biology Applications for Algae and Renewable Chemicals Featured at BIO 2013 Pac Rim Summit

Researchers and companies utilizing this new tool to speed development of new products and processes

The Biotechnology Industry Organization’s (BIO) 2013 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy will feature presentations on recent innovations in using synthetic biology for renewable chemicals and algae biofuels. Current uses of synthetic biology include engineering synthetic rubber to be used for tires, generating “green chemicals” from agricultural waste, and creating energy saving fuels. The Pacific Rim Summit will be co-organized by BIOCOM and held in San Diego, December 8-11, 2013 at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter.

“Synthetic biology is promoting rapid growth and evolutionary changes in industrial biotechnology,” Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section said regarding the upcoming Synthetic Biology, Algae and Marine Biotechnology Track. “Researchers and companies are utilizing this new tool to speed the development of new products and processes for biofuels and renewable chemicals. BIO’s Pacific Rim Summit will provide a forum for sharing the latest advancements in synthetic biology.”

With a complete track of breakout sessions on Synthetic Biology, Algae and Marine Biotechnology, the Pacific Rim Summit will showcase how advances in technology have allowed researchers to control DNA, making it easier to engineer cells to the desired end point; how recent progress in the understanding of the biological circuitry of algae and cyanobacteria has led to effective application of technologies used for food, feed, and medicine; and how the use of native biosynthetic pathways can achieve an increase of yields of desired products, such as renewable chemicals.

Featured Breakout Sessions Include:
Track 4: Synthetic Biology, Algae and Marine Biotechnology New Approaches to Make Biology Easier to Engineer
Session 2: Monday, December 9 – 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Moderator: Vivek Mutalik, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
  • Vivek Mutalik, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
  • Tim Hsiau, University of California – Berkeley
  • James Carothers, University of Washington – Seattle
  • Mary Maxon, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (invited)

Metabolic Engineering of Aquatic Photosynthetic Organisms
Session 3: Monday, December 9 – 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

  • Moderator: Peter Heifetz, Heifetz BioConsulting – Invited
  • Mark Hildebrand, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Margaret McCormick, Matrix Genetics, Inc
  • Thomas Fox, Los Alamos National Laboratory – Invited
  • Bertrand Vick, Aurora Algae, Inc – Invited

Biosynthetic Pathways to Desired Renewable Chemicals
Session 5: Tuesday, December 10 – 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

  • Moderator: Jeff Ubersax, Amyris
  • Jeff Ubersax, Amyris
  • Liu Shuangping, Jiangnan University 16.10.13 08:11
  • Lisa Dyson, Kiverdi
  • Jianmin Xing, Institute of Process Engineering, CAS

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 Early bird registration is available now through October 25.

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.

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Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), press release, 2013-10-09.


Aurora Algae
Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)
Institute of Process Engineering, CAS
Jiangnan University
Kiverdi, Inc.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Matrix Genetics, Inc
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley)
University of Washington


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