Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)

BIO’s World Congress on Industrial Biotech Celebrates 10th Anniversary


Conference Programming Will Highlight Industry Progress, Consumer Benefits

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The 2013 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology this June 16-19 in Montreal, Canada at the Palais des congrès de Montréal will mark the event’s 10th anniversary. Beginning in 2003, this unique conference has established itself at the world’s largest industrial biotechnology event for business leaders, investors, and policy makers in biofuels, biobased products, and renewable chemicals. The goal in conducting the annual conference is to link agriculture, chemistry and biotechnology to facilitate the formation of new commercial value chains.

“During the 10 years BIO has held this conference we’ve witnessed an explosion of innovation led by industrial biotech companies,” said Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section. “A growing biobased economy can strengthen the nation’s economic security and enhance energy security reducing dependence on foreign oil and also benefitting consumers by revitalizing manufacturing and creating new opportunities for agriculture, generating jobs, and making cleaner products and processes.”

BIO has created a picture book, “Visible Progress in Commercialization of Advanced Biofuels, Biobased Products and Renewable Chemicals,” showcasing biorefineries across the United States including commercial facilities that have been in operation for as many as 10 years and new ones under construction. It also shows demonstration and pilot biorefineries that are scaling up innovative processes. These biorefineries are producing new employment opportunities and jump-starting economic development when they’re needed most. BIO also created the George Washington Carver Award for Innovation in Industrial Biotechnology that will be awarded to Dr. Jay Keasling this year during the BIO World Congress. Dr. Keasling is a professor of biochemical engineering at University of California, Berkeley and associate laboratory director at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

The plenary sessions and breakout program for the 2013 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology will showcase the strides industrial biotechnology has made toward commercialization and the ways consumers benefit. Everyday products derived from biotechnology give consumers products with qualities they increasingly demand such as renewable ingredients, enhanced performance qualities or environmental benefits.

Featured plenary sessions include:

Biomanufacturing at Commercial Scale
Wednesday, June 19, 8 am–10 am

  • Moderator: Rick Eno, President and Chief Executive Officer, Metabolix
  • Junichiro Kojima, Research and Development Manager, Ajinomoto
  • Steve Gatto, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Myriant
  • D. Andre Koltermann, Senior Vice President, Biotech & Renewables Center, Clariant
  • Christophe Schilling, Chief Executive Officer, Genomatica

Feeling the Heat of the Biofuels Boom
Wednesday, June 19, 12 pm-2:15 pm

Featured breakout sessions include:

Cellulosic Ethanol: Scale-up and Commercialization
Monday, June 17, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Witness the Change: Creating a Bio-Based Reality
Monday, June 17, 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

Renewable Feedstock Crops – Can they Provide an Economic Alternative to Petroleum?
Wednesday, June 19, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Specialty Chemicals and Industrial Enzymes Destined for Food Ingredients, Cosmetics and Personal Care Sectors
Wednesday, June 19, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Find the full program list and schedule here.

Registration is now open for the 2013 BIO World Congress coming to Montreal, Canada, June 16-19 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. Please visit for additional information, or email

Online pre-registration for reporters and editors is now open. All breakout and plenary sessions at the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology are open to attendance by members of the media. Complimentary media registration is available to editors and reporters with valid press credentials working full time for print, broadcast or web publications.

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.

Upcoming BIO Events

World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology
June 16-19, 2013
Montreal, Canada

BIO Investor Forum
October 8-9, 2013
San Francisco, CA

BIO IPCC Conference
November 6-8, 2013
Washington, DC

BIO Convention in China
November 11-13, 2013
Beijing, China

Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioenergy
December 8-11, 2013
San Diego, CA

BIO CEO & Investor Conference
February 10 – 11, 2014
New York, NY

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