October 10, 2009

Algae Biofuel Producers to Give Status Update at Pacific Rim Summit

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Researchers and companies are racing to turn algae into a viable source of renewable energy. Leaders in the field will present progress and challenges in bringing algae biofuels and chemicals to the marketplace at the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s (BIO) 2009 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, to be held Nov. 8-11, 2009 in Honolulu.

Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial and Environmental Section, said, “Algae is seen as a promising source of raw material for biofuels, but it also could become a workhorse for producing ethanol, chemical, protein and food ingredients. As companies work to achieve the full potential of algae for fuels and chemicals, they’ll face the same challenges and opportunities as other biotechnology companies. The Pacific Rim Summit provides an opportunity for startup companies to present the state of their research and development, share their experiences and network with one another and with other biotechnology companies.”

Presentations scheduled for the Pacific Rim Summit include:

International Developments in Algae Commercialization
Monday, Nov. 9, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. HST

  • Valerie Reed, US Department of Energy;
  • Patrick McGinn, Institute of Marine Biosciences NRC Canada;
  • Ravi Shrivastava, DRDO.

From Algae to Energy – Integration of Technologies to Capture the Value of Renewable Hydrocarbons
Monday, Nov. 9, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. HST

  • Michele Champagne, Kuehnle AgroSystems, Inc.;
  • Graham Noyes, Stoel Rives, LLP;
  • Todd Vernon, GE Energy Power Generation;
  • Mark Tegen, Inventure Chemical.

Challenges in Algae Conversion of CO2
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. HST

  • David Bayless, Ohio University;
  • Jeff Muhs, Utah State University;
  • John Benemann, Benemann Associates;
  • Michael Cooney, University of Hawaii.

Status Report from Algae Biofuels Producers
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. HST

  • Jonathan Wolfson, Solazyme;
  • Bertrand Vick, Aurora Biofuels;
  • Martin Sabarsky, HR BioPetroleum, Inc.

The full schedule of speakers and sessions is available at http://www.bio.org/pacrim/speakers/breakout/. The Pacific Rim Summit is the only global conference dedicated to building innovative collaborations in industrial biotechnology across the Pacific. http://www.bio.org/pacrim/.

All programs at the Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy are open to attendance by 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. Advance media registration is now open; please use the online tool to register: http://www.bio.org/news/pressreg/mediareg.asp?multievent=31. Notification of your registration status will be emailed to you, based on the information posted in this online form.

About BIO

BIO represents more than 1,200 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.

The Advanced Biofuels & Climate Change Information Center presents the latest commentary and data on the environmental and other impacts of biofuel production. Drop in and add your comments, at http://biofuelsandclimate.wordpress.com/.

Upcoming BIO Events

Intellectual Property Counsels Fall Conference and Committee Meeting
October 26-28, 2009
Washington, DC

8th Annual BIO Investor Forum
October 28-29, 2009
San Francisco, CA

Advanced Business Development Course
October 30, 2009
Vienna, Austria

BIO Europe International Partnering Conference
November 2-4, 2009
Vienna, Austria

Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy
November 8-11, 2009
Honolulu, HI

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