Next Generation Green Chemistry Summit aims to connect innovators, investors as biobased start-ups deliver substitutes for commodity plastics, chemicals

SANTA CLARA, California , April 5, 2012 (press release) – The "Next Wave" of early-stage bio-based and green chemistry plays will be showcased at Infocast's Next Generation Green Chemistry Summit, scheduled for May 21-23, 2012 at the Network Meeting Center in Santa Clara, CA. The Summit will connect game-changing innovators with corporate R&D leaders looking to license, co-develop or acquire, and venture investors looking for new opportunities for early stage, A and B round funding.

With a wave of successful IPOs, the field of biobased materials and green chemicals is one of the hottest targets for investors and corporate licensing and acquisition. Companies such as BioAmber, Elevance, Rivertop, and Novomer are queuing up for IPOs and well into their second and third funding rounds, and locking in development deals with majors. Hot on their heels is an ever-growing contingent of brand new startups and university research projects with high spinout potential. New biobased startups are delivering substitutes not just for commodity plastics but for high profile "chemicals of concern" as well as a vast range of other alternative materials, polymers and specialty chemicals.

The Next Generation Green Chemistry Summit has two components: a "Venture Forum" with fast pitches from over a dozen early stage startups, and "Technology Showcase" with half-hour deep dive technical presentations from startup and university lead researchers. Innovators profiled include: Kiverdi, Itaconix, Blue Marble BioMaterials, Reluceo, Synthezyme, BioMethodes, ElCriton, Mango Materials, Verdezyne, Vestaron, Biobent Polymers, EcoSynthetix, P2 Science, Florida Sustainables, Syngest, Intrexon, Incitor, BIOeCon/Antecy, with more still being added daily.

In addition, confirmed investors and corporate strategics include Bayer Material Sciences, Sud-Chemie AG, DSM Venturing, Cytec Specialty Chemicals, Evonik Degussa Corporation, Vantage Point Venture Partners, FirstGreen Partners, ECOSVC, and Pangaea Ventures.

For more information, to REGISTER for the Summit, or to join us as a sponsor, please visit the event website at www.infocastinc.com/nextgen12 or contact Infocast at 818-888-4444.

About Infocast
Infocast's annual NextGeneration BioBased Chemicals Summit, now in its fourth year, is widely recognized as the leading networking hub in North America for biobased CEOs, CTOs, venture investors and global chemical business unit and R&D directors, with over 250 attendees every year. For a complete list of Infocast's current suite of biobased, bioplastic, green chemistry and safer products events, please go to http://infocastinc.com/events/bbchem.

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