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Sessions announced for BIO’s 9th World Congress

February 10, 2012
By Biotechnology Industry Organization

Feb. 10, 2012, Washington, DC - Biofuel and renewable chemical company executives, scientists and government officials will speak in breakout sessions at BIO’s 9th annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing.

Feb. 10, 2012, Washington, DC – Biofuel and renewable chemical company executives, scientists and government officials from around the globe will speak in breakout sessions at the Biotechnology Industry Organization's (BIO) 9th annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing. BIO today announced online availability of a searchable schedule of the breakout session programming.

BIO’s World Congress will feature six breakout session tracks over three days. More than 35 sessions will cover the latest progress in commercializing advanced biofuels, consumer benefits from renewable chemicals, company partnerships and more in industrial biotechnology. The full program of breakout panel sessions and speakers is now available.

The six tracks designed to keep you on the cutting edge of industrial biotech are:

  • Advanced Biofuel Technologies
  • Algae and Feedstock Crops
  • Renewable Chemical Platforms and Biobased Materials
  • Specialty Chemicals
  • Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering
  • Technical Presentations
  • Technical Presentations is a new track for 2012 that will feature research papers with presentations by academics, private sector scientists and researchers.

Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section, said, “We are excited to bring this conference to Orlando to highlight the industry's growth, the importance of this industrial and environmental biotechnology for generating green jobs, making greener products and cleaner processes all aimed at building a biobased economy. The Congress features discussions of high profile topics and will provide company executives an unparalleled opportunity to network with their colleagues and learn about the latest developments in the field of industrial biotechnology and bioprocessing.”


BIO’s World Congress will also feature investor sessions and business partnering opportunities. The investor sessions will allow executives from companies seeking to raise investment capital to make formal 25-minute presentations on their technology development and business models to an elite audience of investors and analysts. The partnering sessions utilize a computer system that assists companies and investors alike in arranging confidential one-on-one meetings with other attendees. Last year BIO’s One-on-One Partnering led to more than 500 business partnering meetings.

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, Fla., April 29 – May 2 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center. Online registration for the conference is now open. Early bird registration ends Feb. 29, 2012. Please visit for additional information, or email

Online pre-registration for reporters and editors is now open. All breakout and plenary sessions 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.

About BIO

BIO represents more than 1,100 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. BIO produces BIOtech NOW, an online portal and monthly newsletter chronicling “innovations transforming our world.”

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