On October 7, 2013, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) distributed a press release inviting leaders from the biotechnology, chemical and agricultural industries to submit proposals and individual papers for the 2014 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology. This year’s conference will be held from May 12-15, 2014, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
“We are excited to bring this conference to Philadelphia to highlight the industry’s growth, the importance of this industrial and environmental biotechnology for generating green jobs, making greener products and cleaner processes all aimed at building a biobased economy,” said Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section.
The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PCVB) will co-organize this unique conference, which is the world’s largest industrial biotechnology event for business leaders, investors and policy makers in biofuels, biobased products and renewable chemicals.
President and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Jack Ferguson, is a strong supporter of the life sciences and job creation, making the PCVB an ideal venue for the event. He had this to say about this year’s convention, “One out of every six jobs in Greater Philadelphia can be traced back to the life sciences, and more than 50 percent of all meetings held in Philadelphia each year are life sciences-related conventions. We are excited for the opportunity to showcase why this is the case at the 2014 World Congress while building enthusiasm for the 2015 BIO International Convention, also slated to take place in Philadelphia.”
The call for papers is now open and the deadline to submit is Thursday, November 21, 2013. Leaders from the biotechnology industry, academia, and science community are invited to submit an abstract or a proposal for a 15 minute presentation in any of the five program tracks:
- Advanced Biofuels and Biorefinery Platforms
- Algae, Specialty Crops, and Biomass Supply
- Renewable Chemical Platforms and Biobased Materials
- Specialty Chemicals, Pharma Intermediates, Food Ingredients
- Synthetic Biology and Genomics Research
Additionally, proposed papers will be based off of a variety of stimulating and thought-provoking topics including, renewable chemicals, algae fuels and chemicals, natural gas as feedstock, cellulosic biofuels, dedicated energy crops, enzyme development, green plastics, metabolic engineering, aviation biofuels, feedstock sustainability, synthetic biology, marine biotechnology and new chemical pathways.