BIO Pacific Rim Summit to Address Algae’s Role in Replacing Fossil Fuel

The Biotechnology Industry Organization’s (BIO) 2012 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy will feature two breakout sessions focusing on commercial applications for algae and advances in algal biomass production and processing. The Summit will bring together industry leaders, university researchers and venture capitalists to facilitate networking and business partnerships this October 9-12 at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, Canada.

Algae-produced oils hold the potential for replacing fossil fuel resources in many products. Algae derived starches, oils and proteins can be used in food, animal feed or nutrition supplements, and fatty acids from algae can be used in diesel biofuels as well.

“Volatile pricing for fossil fuels, political instability in petroleum producing regions, and the environmental impacts of fossil fuels are some of the key reasons that producers of chemicals and plastics are searching for alternative, renewable resources like algae,” said Brent Erickson, executive vice president for BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section. “The continued progress in advancing algae, among other feedstocks, toward commercial applications is a vital step in building a growing biobased economy that can strengthen economic security and enhance energy security.”

Featured breakout sessions include:

Microalgae: Advancing to Commercial Applications

Thursday, October 11, 4 – 5:30pm

  • John Benemann, MicroBio Engineering, Inc.
  • Martin Sabarsky, Cellana, LLC
  • Lissa Morgenthaler-Jones, Live Fuels, Inc.
  • Stan Barnes, Bioalgene
  • Shay L. Simpson, Texas AgriLife Research – Texas A&M University System

Advances in Algal Biomass Production and Processing

Friday, October 12, 8:30-10am

  • Mary Rosenthal, Algal Biomass Organization
  • Patrick C. Hallenbeck, Université de Montréal
  • Alexander Beliaev, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Doug DiLillo, Pall Corporation
  • Paul Kadotam, Metro Vancouver

Now in its seventh year, the Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy will address the latest issues in industrial biotechnology, including algae, advanced biofuels, biopolymers and bioplastics, dedicated energy crops, green chemistry, and synthetic biology. The annual Pacific Rim Summit is the original conference dedicated solely to growth of the industrial biotechnology sector in Asia and the Americas. Visit

The Summit features four breakout tracks with 24 sessions, designed to keep you on the cutting edge of industrial biotech. In addition to the breakout sessions, the Pacific Rim Summit will present four plenary sessions featuring international executives and academic leaders in industrial biotechnology. The plenary sessions will cover innovation and the future of advanced biofuels and biorefinery development, renewable chemicals, biomass utilization, and synthetic biology.

Source: BIO – Biotechnology Industry Organization