Commercialization of Advanced Biofuels to be Key Theme at BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 29, 2012) – Biofuel and biobased product company executives, scientists and government officials from across the globe will speak in breakout sessions at BIO’s 9th annual World Congress on Biotechnology and Bioprocessing. The world’s largest industrial biotechnology conference for business leaders, investors, academics and policymakers in biofuels, biobased products, renewable chemicals, synthetic biology, food ingredients and biomass comes to Orlando, April 29 - May 2 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center.

Continued commercialization of the industrial biotechnology sector can drive the creation of a biobased economy, which can strengthen the nation’s economic security and enhance energy security. Breakout sessions examining the future outlook and keys to commercialization of biofuels and specialty chemicals include:

Biomass Saccharification Enzymes Reaching Cost Targets to Enable Commercial Biorefineries Build-up for Advanced Biofuels Production
Monday, April 30, 8:30am – 10am

Advanced Biofuels: Keys to Commercialization
Monday, April 30, 10:30am – 12pm 

The Future of Aviation Biofuels
Monday, April 30, 2:30pm – 4pm 

Syngas-based Fuels and Chemicals Gain Industrial Relevance
Wednesday, May 2, 10:30am – 12pm

“Speakers at the World Congress will highlight the keys to commercialization in industrial biotechnology,” said Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section. “While industrial biotechnology offers a clear value proposition, a number of hurdles need to be addressed to fully realize the commercial potential of biobased products and chemicals. Fortunately, we seem to be on the path to commercialize these solutions and to build a worldwide biobased economy, which is good news for business, consumers and our environment.”

BIO’s World Congress will feature six breakout session tracks over three days, with industry presentations on Advanced Biofuel Technologies; Algae and Feedstock Crops; Renewable Chemical Platforms and Biobased Materials; Specialty Chemicals; Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering; and Technical Presentations. The full program of breakout panel sessions and speakers is available online. 

Online pre-registration for reporters and editors is now open. All programs at the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing 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.

Online registration for the conference in to Orlando, Fla., April 29 - May 2 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center is open. Please visit for additional information, or email

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.