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San Diego to host 2016 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology

September 8, 2015
By Biotechnology Industry Organization

September 8, 2015 – The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) officially announced that the 2016 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology will be held from April 17 to 20, 2016 in San Diego, Calif. at the San Diego Convention Center. 

BIO is also announcing the call for papers for the event. Leaders from the biotechnology, bioenergy, chemical, consumer products manufacturing, and agricultural industries as well as academia and financial sectors are invited to submit proposals and individual papers beginning September 17, 2015.  

“More than 400 biotechnology companies call San Diego their home, which makes it an exciting venue to host the world’s largest conference dedicated to promoting next-generation bio-based products, renewable chemicals and biofuels,” stated Brent Erickson, executive vice-president of industrial and environmental at BIO. “With California’s growing industrial biotech sector, BIO is excited to host the 2016 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in the centre of it all.”

The 2015 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology held in Montréal drew 1,200 industry leaders from 725 companies, 50 countries and 37 states, as well as the District of Columbia. Further, the 2015 World Congress hosted more than 1,400 partnering meetings, a 40 per cent increase from the 2014 BIO World Congress.

The call for papers will open September 17 to invite submissions for breakout panels, breakout papers, posters, and Green Tech investor sessions. Leaders from the biotechnology industry, academia, and policy community are invited to offer an abstract or a proposal for a 15-minute presentation in any of the following program tracks:


•Algae, biomass supply and specialty crops;
•Specialty chemicals, food and nutritional ingredients;
•Synthetic biology and genomics research;
•Research presentations;
•Technical presentations;
•Renewable chemicals and bio-based materials;
•Advanced biofuels and biorefinery platforms;
•Growing global bio-based markets.

Proposed papers and presentations should address any in a range of topics, including renewable chemicals, algae for fuels and bioproducts, and chemicals, bio-based products, biomass utilization, cellulosic biofuels, metabolic engineering, new chemical pathways, regional economic development, synthetic biology, regulatory issues, new feedstock crops and feedstock sustainability, aviation biofuels, genetically engineered crops, project finance, biopathways to bulk chemicals, enzyme development, green plastics, work force training and specialty chemicals. 

For more information on the conference or to submit a proposal, please visit  For assistance, please contact

About BIO
BIO is the world’s largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centres 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. 

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