The Biotechnology Industry Organization’s (BIO)’s 2013 Pacific Rim Summit on Biotechnology and Bioenergy will be showcasing several inimitable presentations on the use of renewable chemicals to replace petroleum chemicals to meet rapidly growing consumer demand for environmentally healthy products. This year’s summit will be co-organized by BIOCOM and held in San Diego, California from December 8-11, 2013 at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter.
In a recent press release, BIO announced that the Pacific Rim Summit will offer a complete track of breakout sessions on Renewable Chemical Platforms. These sessions will discuss opportunities to expand the oleochemical value chain to include biobased consumer products. Additionally, attendees will have access to presentations on novel renewable chemicals and consumer products as well as innovative processes to bring these products to commercialization. Lastly, the Summit will showcase a diverse set of industry panelists presenting comparisons between the uses of conventional versus modern platforms for production of renewable chemicals.
Speakers featured in the breakout sessions come from Genomatica, Verdezyne, Biosynthetic Technologies, Newlight Technologies, Metabolix, Pareto Biotechnologies, Lupin Ltd., Micromidas, DSM, Segetis, and Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc. A full listing of presenters is on the website.
“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.”