ASU Scientists to speak at BIO Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology

BIO Announces Breakout Program Speakers for Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology.  Sessions to focus on commercialization of cleaner, healthier ingredients for consumer products.

 — Industrial biotechnology offers cleaner, safer processes and ingredients for developing consumer products. Commercialization of these innovative processes will be the focus of breakout sessions at the ninth annual Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, to be held at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego, December 7-9, 2014. The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today announced the program of breakout sessions for the Summit.

Breakout sessions are organized into five tracks, with concurrent sessions and presentations on Monday December 8 and Tuesday December 9:


  • Feedstock Production and Utilization
  • Renewable Chemical Platforms
  • Advanced Biofuels and Biorefinery Platforms
  • Synthetic Biology, Algae and Marine Biotechnology
  • Technical and Research Presentations


Breakout sessions, speakers and presentations focusing on commercialization of new industrial biotechnology for renewable chemicals and biofuels include:

The Pathway to Commercialization – Lessons Learned

Monday, Dec. 8 – 8:30 – 10:00am


  • Michael Krel, Sofinnova Partners
  • Mark Burk, Genomatica
  • Allen Barbieri, Biosynthetic Technologies
  • Michael Leavell, Amyris


Converting GHG’s to Achieving a Fuel and Climate Solution

Monday, Dec. 8 – 10:30am – 12:00pm


  • Richard Altman, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative
  • David Anton, Joule
  • Josh Silverman, Calysta, Inc.
  • Kasiviswanathan Muthukumarappan, South Dakota State University


Leading Pre-Treatment Technologies for Production of Fuels, Chemicals, and Feed

Monday, Dec. 8 – 2:30 – 4:00pm


  • Charles Wyman, University of California Riverside
  • Bruce Dale, Michigan State University
  • Michael Ladisch, Purdue University


Algae Testbeds: Models for Accelerating Commercialization

Tuesday, Dec. 9 – 2:00 – 3:30pm


  • Philip Pienkos, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • John McGowen, Arizona State University
  • Rene Wijffels, Wageningen University and Research Centre
  • Kimberly Ogden, University of Arizona
  • Hiroyuki Mochizuki, University of Tsukuba


All programs at the Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy are open to attendance by credentialed members of the media. Complimentary media registration is available to editors and reporters working full time for print, broadcast or web publications with valid press credentials. Media pre-registration is open.

Now in its ninth year, the Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy is the original conference dedicated solely to growth of the industrial biotechnology sector in Asia and the Americas. For more information on the conference, please visit

About BIO

BIO is the world’s largest trade association representing 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.BIOtechNOW is BIO’s blog chronicling “innovations transforming our world” and the BIO Newsletter is the organization’s bi-weekly email newsletter.” Subscribe to the BIO Newsletter.

Upcoming BIO Events

BIO Investor Forum
October 7-8, 2014
San Francisco, CA

BIO Europe 2014
November 3-5, 2014
Frankfurt, Germany

BIO IPCC Conference
November 10-12, 2014
Nashville, TN

BIO Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioenergy
December 7-9, 2014
San Diego, CA

BIO International Convention
June 15-18, 2015
Philadelphia, PA

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