BIO's 2013 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy in San Diego on Dec. 8-11 to feature presentations about advanced drop-in biofuels, innovative biorefinery platforms

WASHINGTON , November 8, 2013 (press release) – Advanced biofuels and biorefinery platforms for drop-in and aviation fuels are ready for commercialization. The Biotechnology Industry Organization’s (BIO) 2013 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy will feature presentations from executives in the advanced biofuel sector discussing research and development progress and financing challenges. The Pacific Rim Summit will be co-organized by Biocom and held in San Diego, December 8-11, 2013 at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter.

“The BIO Pacific Rim Summit’s track on advanced biofuels will assess investment and development in cutting edge renewable fuels for aviation, for defense industries and drop in fuels,” Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section said regarding the upcoming Advanced Biofuels and Biorefinery Platforms Track. “The Navy’s leadership in adopting renewable energy and the RFS have driven investment in this new and vitally important industry, helping U.S. companies commercialize advanced biofuels that contribute to U.S. energy security and economic competitiveness.”

With a complete track of breakout sessions on Advanced Biofuels and Biorefinery Platforms, BIO attendees will have access to presentations discussing the production and commercialization of advanced biofuels. Additionally, attendees will witness a robust dialogue on financing and the construction of advanced biorefinery platforms as well as overcoming the regulatory and intellectual property hurdles companies face when bringing a facility to operation. Lastly, presenters will showcase the production of drop-in hydrocarbon fuels from cellulosic biomass.

Featured Breakout Sessions Include:

Track 1: Advanced Biofuels and Biorefinery Platforms

Cellulosic Biofuels: Unleashing Commercial Production

Session 1: Monday, December 9 - 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

• Moderator: Brian Conroy, BP
• Christopher Standlee, Abengoa Bioenergy US Holding, Inc.
• Steve Hartig, POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels
• Markus Rarbach, Clariant
• Wes Bolsen, Cool Planet Biofuels
Production of Drop-In Hydrocarbon Fuels from Cellulosic Biomass

Session 2: Monday, December 9 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

• Moderator: Thomas Foust, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
• Thomas Foust, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
• Jesse Q. Bond, Syracuse University
• Thomas Foust, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
• Brittany Syz, Oberon Fuels
• Charles Cai, University of California Riverside

Biorefineries: Perspectives on Finance & Construction

Session 3: Monday, December 9 - 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

• Moderator: TBD, Cellana LLC- Invited
• Alejandro Zamorano Cadavid, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
• Alan Propp, Merrick & Company
• John M. May, Stern Brothers & Co.
• Doug Dudgeon, Harris Group Inc.

Advances in Aviation Biofuels

Session 6: Wednesday, December 11 - 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

• Moderator: TBD
• Eric Mathur, SG Biofuels
• Karl Seck, Mercurius Biorefining
• TBD, AltAir Fuels - Invited
• Jay Long, Alaska Airlines

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

Media registration is now open and available. Complimentary media registration is available to editors and reporters with valid press credentials working full time for print, broadcast or web publications. All Pacific Rim Summit sessions are open to credentialed media.

Upcoming BIO Events

BIO IPCC Conference
November 6-8, 2013
Washington, DC

BIO Convention in China
November 11-13, 2013
Beijing, China

Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioenergy
December 8-11, 2013
San Diego, CA

BIO CEO & Investor Conference
February 10 – 11, 2014
New York, NY

BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology
May 12-14, 2014
Philadelphia, PA

Livestock Biotech Summit
September 16-18, 2014
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

About BIO
BIO is the world's largest trade association representing 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. BIOtechNOW is BIO's blog chronicling “innovations transforming our world” and the BIO Newsletter is the organization’s bi-weekly email newsletter. Subscribe to the BIO Newsletter.

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