Canadian Biomass Magazine

NRC to participate in biotechnology congress

June 5, 2015
By Businesswire

June 5, 2015 - The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) is pleased to announce the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) will participate in numerous breakout sessions highlighting the environmental and economic sustainability of Canadian biomass during the 2015 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology. This year’s conference will be held July 19 to 22, 2015 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal in Montreal, Que.

The National Research Council will have key members lead the Generating More Value from Canadian Biomass and Waste Streams breakout session. 

This session is part of the Specialty Chemical, Food & Nutritional Ingredients Track and will include:
• Dr. Bob Chapman, Program Leader of NRC’s Natural Health Products program
• Dr. James Johnston, Program Leader of NRC’s Bio-based Specialty Chemicals program
• Dr. Stephen O’Leary, Director of NRC’s Algal Carbon Conversion program

Research Officer Dr. Minh-Tan Ton-That from NRC’s Industrial Biomaterials program will participate in the Clustered Research and Development of Ag-Based BioProducts breakout session. NRC Technical Officer Jean-Claude Frigon will partake in the Advances in Oil Producing Crops and Algae Based Feedstocks breakout session.

BIO’s World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology is the world’s largest industrial biotechnology conference that brings together from across the globe business leaders, investors, academics and policymakers in the biofuels, bio-based products, renewable chemicals, synthetic biology, food ingredients and biomass sectors. Industrial and environmental biotechnology is at the forefront of the bio-based economy, generating good-paying jobs and making cleaner products and processes.

“Industrial biotechnology is a foundational technology for sustainably transforming biomass into renewable energy and products,” said Brent Erickson, executive vice-president for BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section. “We are fortunate to be able to have access to insight from the Government of Canada’s premier research and technology organization.”

All programs at the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology 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.

For more information on the conference, visit

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