ABLC NEXT 2016 agenda at a glance

DAY ONE – November 2, 2016

Optional Pre-Conference Tour

12:30pm     An Afternoon with the NEXT generation of technologies, and technologists.
Tours of the Joint BioEnergy Institute and The Advanced Biofuels (and Bio-based products) Process Demonstration Unit / Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Please note! Limited to the first 60 people who sign up. Bus will depart Hotel Nikko at 12:30pm. (www.jbei.org and www.abpdu.lbl.gov). To sign up for the tour, please contact Bill Lundberg, [email protected], 774-270-0358. 

  • Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI): Biomass to Biofuels
  • Overview
  • JBEI’s state-of-the art laboratory facility
  • Genetic and bioengineering scientific expertise and research
  • Computational and robotic technology
  • Facility tour
  • Feedstock – non-food fuel crop research and development
  • Deconstruction – breakdown of biomass waste into fermentable sugars
  • Fuels Synthesis – synthetic biology techniques for biofuels production
  • Technology – robotics lab and imaging and computational technology for more detailed visualization and analysis
  • Tour Guides: TBA
  • Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit (ABPDU): Pilot Scale Processing
  • Overview
  • ABPDU’s 15,000 sq. ft. biomass deconstruction/fermentation facility
  • Biochemical/chemical engineering and microbiology expertise
  • Scale-up project capabilities to 100L deconstruction, 300L fermentation
  • Facility tour
  • Deconstruction – Pretreatment and saccharification
  • Fermentation – Nutrient, metabolite and product analysis
  • Recovery – Centrifugation, extraction, liquid/liquid chromatography, TFF
  • Analytical – Microscopy, chromatography, rheometry, calorimetry

6:00pm    State of the Industry Briefing and Conference Networking Session
The technological, collaborative, M&A, infrastructure, feedstock, geographic, market, financial, and strategic drivers that will drive R&D agendas and new application development  industry next. A 30-minute overview of trends, stats, key players — get your ABLC week started with pointers towards the companies, technologies and trends to watch.

In addition, we do a get-to-know you “go around” where every attendee make self-introductinos and highlights their goals for ABLC week. An invaluable ice-breaker.

Day Two, November 3, 2016

8:00AM – 9:15AM
Drivers: What’s new, what’s now, what’s next?

The technological, collaborative, M&A, infrastructure, feedstock, geographic, market, financial, and strategic drivers that will drive R&D agendas and new application development  industry next. What’s now, what’s next?


Drivers of Innovation in Agtech, Foodtech and Renewable Chemicals
Roger Wyse, Managing Director, Spruce Capital Partners
Investments in agriculture, food and renewable chemicals are pulled by global market opportunities, enabled by the convergence of technologies and tempered by our learnings as investors in industrial biotech over the past 10 years. The opportunities will be discussed and placed in the context of the realities of development times, scale up risk and market acceptance.

The Capricorn Sustainable Chemistry Fund
Babette Pettersen, Chief Business Development Officer, Capricorn Venture Partners
Capricorn Venture Partners is an independent European manager of venture capital and equity funds, investing in breakthrough technologies in Cleantech, Health-Tech and ICT, now raising its 6th venture capital fund, the Capricorn Sustainable Chemistry Fund (CSCF). The CSCF will capture growing opportunities emerging from a wave of innovation in alternative feedstocks, and in the conversion of these, using both chemistry and bio-based chemistry, into existing and novel, functional materials for markets seeking more sustainable solutions.

Iowa’s Leadership in Industrial Biotech and Beyond
Debi Durham, Director, Iowa Economic Development Authority
From start-up companies to globally respected industry leaders in research and development, Iowa’s industrial biotech enterprises benefit from the state’s abundant access to raw materials, strong transportation infrastructure, and its skilled, productive labor pool.  The state has made significant contributions in growing the industry, providing an environment where companies in this sector have found support and success.  This presentation will focus on the state’s achievements in building a thriving and vibrant bioeconomy and how companies are benefitting from the biorenewable revolution in Iowa.

Paul Bryan, former DOE Biomass Program manager
Mario Portela, Investor, Operating Partner, TPG ART

9:15AM – 10:30AM
Drivers: Strategic Sustainability
What are major strategics doing to meet consumer expectations on climate change and sustainability? In partnership with Below50 and the World Council on Sustainable Business Development, ABLC NEXT looks at specific actions at the global, national, state and local level to incorporate sustainability into every aspect of product development, marketing and deployment.


Below50: A Carbon Smart Future for Transport Fuels
Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, LanzaTech
· Power can be carbon free (wind, solar, hydro) but liquid fuels and petrochemicals need a source of carbon.
· 10% of all transport fuels must be ‘low carbon’ by 2030 and 30% by 2050 if we are to support economic growth and limit global warming to below 2°C
· Electrification may not cover all necessary transport sectors in the targeted timeframe. Low carbon fuel alternatives will be key for the aviation, shipping and heavy vehicles sectors.
· Technologies exist today that can help meet these goals provided the legislative framework focuses on “Carbon Smart” and overall GHG reductions

California Sustainability
Graham Noyes, Executive Director, Low Carbon Fuels Coalition
Sustainability means different things to different people. Graham Noyes will describe how the Golden State has boldly defined sustainability and climate action with the recent passage of SB 32 and AB 197, and how those definitions will drive California’s and the world’s advanced bioeconomy.

Ensyn’s Expansion of Production Capacity
Dr. Robert Graham, Chairman, Ensyn Corporation
Ensyn’s sales of biocrude for heating purposes continue to grow, and its innovative refinery feedstocks application (Refinery Co-processing) is in the final stages of commercialization. In order to meet demand, Ensyn is making notable progress in developing new production capacity, including a fully-funded 10 million gallon/year facility in Quebec.

Gerry OstheimerBioeconomy Director, Sustainable Energy 4ALL
We examine how “below50”, a new global collaboration is growing the global market for low carbon fuels by:

  • Removing legislative and financial barriers to low carbon fuels in Australia, Brazil, China and India
  • Increasing the number of downstream companies choosing below50 fuels; and
  • Demonstrating that below50 fuels makes good economic, social, and environmental sense.

Lee Edwards, CEO, Virent

What’s Driving Federal Policy? 

In this special session, we look at the upcoming US federal elections, the lame-duck session, the opportunities for fuels, chemicals, materials and more. Mandates, tax credits, standards, regulatory pathways and approvals and more.

Beth Viola, Senior Policy Advisor, Holland & Knight

Corinne Young, re:Chem Alliance

10:30 AM – 10:50 AM – KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Dan Oh
, CEO, Renewable Energy Group, Inc.

10:50 AM – 11:20 AM Networking Break

11:20 AM – 12:30PM
What’s Next in Disruptive Technology? The Strategic Investment View

Where are major strategics placing their active bets in innovation? In this session, the strategic investors themselves describe their R&D agendas, the product pipeline, criteria for investment and investments and results to date — covering direct investment in fuels, chemicals, materials, infrastructure and bioconversion technology.


Technology Development and Deployment: Lessons from 101 Years of Licensing Activity
Jim Rekoske, CTO, Honeywell UOP
This short talk will provide several critical lessons learned from Honeywell UOP, the leader in deploying new technology for the refining, petrochemical and natural gas industries over our first 101 years of operating using a consistent licensing business model. We will also describe how we apply these lessons to our developments and partnerships in the biofuel and biochemical activities at Honeywell UOP.

Innovation at Flint Hills Resources
Kevin Gray, Director, Disruptive Technology, Flint Hills Resources
Flint Hills Resources does not have a formal R&D capability; the company relies upon an open innovation model. Flint Hills’ culture is based on Principled Entrepreneurship™, which means it combines a commitment to integrity and compliance with a focus on innovation to anticipate market changes – faster than our competitors – and produce products that make lives better. Employees drive the innovation that has resulted in developing value-added fuels and new technologies, while achieving safety, efficiency and environmental protection goals.

The Aemetis Biorefinery: Upgrading Conventional Biofuels Plants to Produce Advanced Biofuels
Eric McAfee, CEO, Aemetis
Aemetis owns the largest biofuels plant in California and the largest distilled biodiesel plant in India.  These facilities are being expanded to utilize biomass waste and other non-food feedstocks to produce high-margin cellulosic ethanol, renewable jet fuel and diesel fuel, leveraging the existing production processes to reduce construction time and lower operating costs.”

The DuPont Perspective
Conrad Burke, Global Marketing Director – Advanced Biofuels, DuPont

12:30 PM – 2:00PM Luncheon

2:00 PM – 3:15PM – TRACK A
What’s Next in CO2 Capture and Use?
Who’s capturing carbon and how are technologies developing that can affordable transform point-of-source or atmospheric CO2 into advanced foods, fuels, chemicals, and materials?  In this session, we look at CO2 capture from power generation for biomaterials and chemicals, recycling into the fuel system, as well as capture and enhanced use of CO2 emitted during fermentation and bioconversion.


Newlight: Growing to Scale
Mark Herrema, CEO, Newlight Technologies
Newlight Technologies is a sustainable materials company using carbon capture technology to produce high-performance materials from greenhouse gas that replace oil-based materials on a market-driven basis. Newlight operates the world’s first commercial-scale greenhouse gas-to-AirCarbon manufacturing facility, using greenhouse gas to produce materials used in the production of film packaging, rigid furniture, electronics accessories, caps, and a variety of other products. Mr. Herrema will present a corporate overview of Newlight, its technology and its applications and examines the company’s capacity expansion path to reach its markets and scale its operations.

ANTECY: CO2 TO Renewable Fuels & Chemicals
Paul O’Connor, CEO, ANTECY
ANTECY has developed innovate technology, which can capture and concentrate CO2 from Air and/or existing CO2 containing gas streams to high purity and pressure in order to be converted into a liquid hydrocarbons (Methanol, DME, Gasoline, Diesel etc.) with Hydrogen (H2) produced from renewable electricity. The unique enabling features of the technology are:

  • A low cost environmentally friendly and robust solid Carbonate sorbent system.
  • Low energy required (low value T<80oC) for the capturing and release of CO2.
  • Energy efficient integration of the various steps in the overall process.

Considering the continuous reduction in the cost of electricity (“electrons”) from renewable sources and the ongoing transition from fossil to renewable energy and material sources, there is a significant incentive to expand the application of renewable electricity into the fuels and chemicals markets. ANTECY is presently forming partnerships to demonstrate and commercialize this technology.

2:00 PM – 3:15PM – TRACK B

What’s Next in the Crop Revolution?

In this session, we showcase companies deploying technologies for yield enhancement, advanced traits, crop protection and precision analytics at every stage in the field — and ranging from microbe development through to grower adoption. What are the strategies for market development, R&D collaboration, and moving from lab to deployment at scale, including international deployment for novel and established crops.


Application of Cloud Biology to Unlock a New Era of Agricultural Innovation
Matt Crisp, CEO, Benson Hill Biosystems
Advancements in biology design leveraging big data analytics, cloud computing and automation are enhancing innovation and the economics of biological innovation for microbials and in the life sciences. These converging disciplines that comprise cloud biology are unlocking a new era of innovation in agriculture as well, revolutionizing both what kind of innovation is possible as well as who is empowered to innovate. This session explores application of biology design and collaborative platforms to improve a diverse range of crop species and traits, as well as accelerate speed to market without the massive infrastructure costs traditionally required in seed innovation. At a time of greater consolidation and contracting R&D in the ag industry, this disruptive acceleration in plant science innovation can greatly enhance crop sustainability and performance.

Pongamia: An oilseed tree bringing new value to agriculture
David Harry, Director, Tree R&D, TerViva
TerViva is commercializing pongamia trees as a new oilseed crop in Florida and Hawaii. Pongamia seeds produce a high quality non-edible vegetable oil, and the residual seedcake has value can be used as animal feed. In introducing a new agricultural crop, TerViva faces both challenges and opportunities encompassing tree biology, market and product development, and customer enthusiasm. This talk will provide an overview of TerViva’s progress in addressing these areas.

Mating Disruption – An Universal Foundation for Integrated Pest Management
Pedro Coelho, CEO, Provivi
Pheromone-based mating disruption is a proven, environmentally benign technology for controlling insect pests. Due to cost constraints, however, adoption has remained limited to high-value specialty crop markets. Provivi is pioneering the production of affordable pheromone products for all types of agricultural situations, including large acreage row crops.

Boosting crop yields and profitability through sustainable chemistry
Kevin Chen, CEO, Crop Enhancement
Crop Enhancement is developing sustainable agrochemical formulations that employ advanced and environmentally friendly chemistry to improve crop yields, eliminate or minimize pesticide use, and enable precise and effective delivery of active ingredients and fertilizers. We will give an overview of opportunities around important high value international crops.

3:15PM – 3:45PM – Networking Break

3:45PM – 5:00PM – TRACK A

What’s NEXT in Advanced Fuels and Intermediates?

Advanced finished fuels, blendstocks, intermediates and bioconversion technologies including greenfield and bolt-on options. In this session, we look at the development of novel technologies on the diesel and gasoline engine sides for bioconversion including both thermocatalytic, fermentation and emulsification options — and range from novel catalysts to novel bioconversion systems.


Changing the world one particle at a time – Utilizing Biomass in Green Chemistry
Virginia Klausmeier, CEO, Sylvatex
We will introduce Sylvatex and our approach to using renewable input and nanochemistry in solving industry problems. We will review a couple current applications and plans to commercialize.

After 9+ Billion Gallons of Ethanol per Year – What’s NEXT?
Doug Rivers, Director, Research & Development, ICM
ICM’s technology design is now responsible for over 9 Billion gallons of annual ethanol production in the U.S.   Over time, yields and energy efficiency have improved while maintaining its zero discharge on process water.  Technology is now being commercialized to convert corn kernel fiber to cellulosic ethanol as a bridge to Gen 2 biomass ethanol while simultaneously increasing oil recovery and producing a new high protein DDGS that expands the commercial market from cattle to poultry, swine, and fish.  The next question is, “can ethanol plants really become a biorefinery while also becoming an LCFS compliant plant?”

DME Around the World: The Global Opportunity for a Diesel Replacement
Rebecca Boudreaux, President, Oberon Fuels
Over 20 years ago, DME was discovered to be an excellent diesel replacement, offering diesel-like performance but with clean-burning properties. Substantial progress has been made since this time in research and development of DME production and engine developments, but DME vehicles have not been commercialized to date. Why is now the right time? When will we see DME vehicles on the road? These questions – and more – will be addressed as we investigate the DME opportunity around the world.

Clariant sunliquid technology bringing proven technology solutions for commercial production cellulosic ethanol and derivatives
Martin Mitchell, Business Development Director, Clariant
Commercial status of the sunliquid® technology including the cellulosic sugar and downstream derivative platform

Low cost, Low Carbon, Large Scale Renewable Jet Fuel
Pat Gruber, CEO, Gevo, Inc.
In order for low carbon fuels to be successful they need to be produced at very large scale and be cost effective.  Gevo’s ATJ product provides an excellent route to accomplish this goal.

3:45PM – 5:00PM – TRACK B

What’s NEXT in Finance? – Building Blocks for a Successful Project Finance Transaction

John Kirkwood, Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels
John May, Managing Director, Stern Brothers & Co.
Mark Riedy, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP

This panel will address the numerous foundational issues developers must address in order to create a bankable project finance transaction.  In particular, the panel will address the primary reasons why certain projects are able attract both institutional debt and equity, as well as address the most common missteps by developers.  Mr. May, Mr. Kirkwood and Mr. Riedy have collectively over 70 years of project finance experience and are currently industry leaders in bringing bankable renewable fuels and chemicals transactions to the market.

Government Funding and Financing Program Update
Taite McDonald, Sr. Policy Advisor, Holland & Knight LLP

5:00PM – 6:00PM – TRACK A

What’s NEXT in Advanced Biobased Chemicals & Materials?
What are the lowest-cost, most-efficient platforms under development — fermentation and thermocatalytic — for the deployment of sustainable advanced foods, cosmetics, health & beauty products, fragrances, lubricants, solvents, cleansers, flavorings, packaging, recycled paper products, fabrics, and fibers? In this session, advanced technologists will describe not only their solutions, but their strategies for bringing capital-light projects forward, and leveraging R&D funding through collaboration. Drop-ins, novel chemicals and materials, and platform intermediates will come under the scope.

What are the lowest-cost, most-efficient platforms under development — fermentation and thermocatalytic — for the deployment of sustainable advanced foods, cosmetics, health & beauty products, fragrances, lubricants, solvents, cleansers, flavorings, packaging, recycled paper products, fabrics, and fibers? In this session, advanced technologists will describe not only their solutions, but their strategies for bringing capital-light projects forward, and leveraging R&D funding through collaboration. Drop-ins, novel chemicals and materials, and platform intermediates will come under the scope.


Building a bridge across the Chasm
Mark Kirby, CEO, S2G Biochem
As soon to be announced, S2G has finalized an agreement with a Fortune 100 Company partner to commercialize a proprietary conversion process for the co-production of a food ingredient and biochemical glycols – developed during a four-year, $10 million collaboration. S2G’s technology offers substantial benefits that make it attractive to partners and customers, including:

– The highest value for challenging C5 sugar-rich liquors from pulp mills and biorefineries;
– Low-cost production technology for valuable food ingredients;
– Co-produced biochemical glycols that are cost competitive with petrochemicals;
– A robust, scalable process extensively tested and proven at lab, pilot and commercial scale.

Commercializing Bolt-on Chemicals Production at Bio-Ethanol Plants
Sagar Gadewar, CEO, Greenyug
Greenyug is a specialty chemicals company that develops and commercializes breakthrough technology to convert Bio-Ethanol into renewable drop-in chemicals competitive with petroleum-derived products. Greenyug is building an industrial scale Ethyl Acetate manufacturing facility adjacent to Archer Daniels Midland Company’s wet mill corn processing facilities in Columbus, Nebraska. We examine Greenyug’s technology and our progress to date.

Cell-Free Bioprocessing: A novel approach in sustainable chemistry
Andrey Zarur, CEO, GreenLight Biosciences
The vast majority of bioproduction systems rely on living, engineered microbes to drive biotransformations that result in final products.  This significantly limits the industrial applicability of bioproduction systems to compounds that are (1) not toxic to living systems, (2) favored by the metabolic pathways of the cell, and (3) the natural product of enzyme-catalyzed reactions. GreenLight’s Cell-Free Bioproduction system is a radical improvement on fermentation; it produces a complex mixture of enzymes, redox balancing entities and small-molecule pools capable of performing intricate biotransformations over long perdios of time, resulting in rates, yields and accumulations superior than comparable chemical or biological production systems.  In this talk we will provide case studies of various areas of applications explored through cell-free bioprocessing.

Flexibility and Fungibility drive the Biorefinery of the Future
David Sudolsky, CEO, Anellotech

Anellotech will discuss:
– The importance of drop-in chemicals in ‘getting to scale’
– The value of Strategic Partners who have extended reach into their supply chains
– How flexible end markets and fungible product streams improve the economic equation.
– How integrating technologies developed within the emerging Bio-ecosystem can enable faster commercialization.

Second Generation Ultra-Selective Ethanol to Ethylene [E2E] Dehydration
Paul Langston, Business Development & Licensing Manager, Technip Stone & Webster Process Technology, Technip E&C Limited
Consumer demand for sustainable bio-chemical derived packaging and materials of construction is placing increasing pressure on the plastic and polymer supply chain to respond. As an important building block in the supply chain, bio-ethylene (being indistinguishable from fossil derived ethylene) could form part of our industry response. Hummingbird® technology is an IChemE award winning low cost process for converting ethanol to ethylene through dehydration, giving ethylene derivative producers an option of diversifying their ethylene production from renewable (or synthetically derived) ethanol sources.

5:00PM – 6:00PM – Track B

ABLC 360 – Looking critically at key emerging companies

Here, we turn the tables – instead of companies presenting, we dissect the companies. We’ll look critically at the technologies, milestones, critical assumptions, and business cases of several high-flyers.

Companies analyzed:

American Process
Green Biologics
Rivertop Renewables
SG Preston
Emerald Biofuels


Michele Rubino, Synthetic Genomics
David Dodds, Dodds & Associates
Will Thurmond, Emerging Markets Online

6:00PM – 7:30PM
Hottest Early Stage Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy Awards Reception

DAY THREE – November 4, 2016

8:00AM – 9:15AM
What’s Next in Advanced Nutrition and Animal Feed?

No sacrifice of flavor or feel. Low-calorie, low-fat, low-carb — or foods that transformatively go beyond the entire animal-based system for producing milk and meats. In this session, revolutionary new technologies for vegan foods, enhanced production, healthy fats, and sweeteners that go beyond the performance limitations of today and much more.

And also, what about animal nutrition? Can the advanced biotechnology bring forward superior products for animal health and growth rate — and what, when, and how?


Perfect Day Foods – Dairy without all the compromise
Tim Geistlinger, CTO, Perfect Day
We examine:
– How Perfect Day is driving positive change through solid science, industrial standards, and feel-good taste-good high quality products, and
– The What, Why and How of Perfect Day

What comes after Probiotics?  PREbiotics! (huh?)
Jack Oswald, CEO, ISOThrive
PRObiotics have captured mainstream attention and adoption.  This is true despite a dearth of evidence that these supplements actually do what they are purported to enhance or re-colonize your gut.  What has been missing from the conversation has been the more important need to feed the existing probiotics already living in your gut with PREbiotics.  As a bonus, Jack will debunk the current probiotic myth while enlightening us with an entirely different, and more plausible, mechanism of action.

Also: Helge Zieler, CEO, Primordial Genetics

Martin Sabarsky, CEO, Cellana

9:15AM – 10:30AM

What’s Next in Driving Innovation & Strategic Collaboration?

How do the major strategics — in this era of M&A making sprawling transnationals even larger — complete their research agendas through collaboration with early-stage technologies. Major companies discuss their investment in third-party R&D, including cooperative R&D, joint development, joint venturing, licensing, and acquisition.


Customers First and Winning Together
Markus Pompejus, Vice President White Biotechnology North America, BASF Corporation
White Biotechnology is an important technology for BASF to develop sustainable and intelligent solutions for its customers, including those in the food, nutrition and health, pharmaceutical, crop protection and chemical industries. Biotechnology processes such as fermentation and biocatalysis are used in the production of enzymes, vitamins, crop protection products, optically active chemicals and intermediates. BASF is committed to strong and innovative R&D and that includes partnerships, as illustrated with Synvina, a JV recently established by BASF and Avantium.  At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future.

Getting to Scale: Choosing the right financing tool, and the right location
Jeff Passmore, CEO, Passmore & Company
Going to the right sources for capital, depending on where a company is on the commercialization spectrum; and why Canada may be a good location from a non-dilutive subordinated debt point of view.

MixoFerm – A Fermentation Platform to Enhance Yields, Mitigate CO2 Emissions and Create Value Across Industries
Bryan Tracy, CEO, White Dog Labs
A primary economic driver for production of large volume biochemicals is feedstock (e.g., sugar, starch, cellulose, etc.) cost.  Thus, it is crucial to maximize conversion into products of interest, but feedstocks are largely more oxidized than the desired bioproducts.  As a result, conventional fermentation processes produce considerable amounts of CO2 by-product. The result is excellent for a hoppy pint of beer, but detrimental to process economics. White Dog Labs has developed a fermentation platform called MixoFerm™ that uses microorganisms capable of simultaneously consuming carbohydrate and gas (e.g., CO2, CO, or H2) feedstocks. Reduced gases provide sufficient chemical energy to re-fix CO2 evolved through sugar glycolysis, which could allow for complete bio-carbon conversion to nearly any desired product. The result is fermentation mass yields that are 50 – 100% greater than conventional fermentations, with the supplement of relatively sparing quantities of reduced gases. White Dog Labs is applying the MixoFerm™ platform to realize biochemical processes that compete at $50/barrel oil, cellulosic ethanol technologies that are lower capital cost than current, and protein production processes that are fully anaerobic.

Also: Vineet Rajgarhia, VP & Head of Biotech R&D, Total New Energies and CTO Novogy

10:30AM-1050 Special Address
Brian Foody, CEO, Iogen

1050-1130 Networking Break

11:30AM – 1:00PM What’s next in SynBio Platforms?

How is the value chain and R&D process shaping up through collaboration and partnership? In this session, we look at product, microbe and process development with active synbio partners on stage discussing how they fostered their collaboration, who does what, and how new multi-company value chains are transforming the rate and cost of new technology and leveraging a host of advances in Omics, Big Data and robotics.

The Emerging Synthetic Biology Ecosystem
Jason Kelly, CEO, Gingko BioWorks
A technology value chain connecting best-in-class capabilities across  companies in the industrial biotechnology sector is emerging. This new industry model delivers scalable fermentation processes to customers faster and more reliably. This talk will outline the emerging ecosystem and discuss the key strengths of the companies within it.

Gigabase is the New Megabase: How Mass Quantities of Synthetic DNA Are Changing Research
Kevin Munnelly, CEO, Gen9
This presentation will focus on utilizing mass quantities of synthetic DNA to collapse design-build-test cycles and get to breakthroughs faster and more cost-effectively than ever before. Synthetic biology industry leaders are leveraging advances in DNA synthesis technology to think bigger about the utilization of gene synthesis services in their research.

Dynamic Metabolic Control for Rapid, Ultra-Low Cost Product Development
Matt Lipscomb, Ph.D., CEO & Co-Founder, DMC Limited
Biology is fundamentally a manufacturing technology with massive potential to positively impact our world. To address this opportunity, we have developed a capital-efficient platform technology that reduces the complexity of biology and enables product development to be completed with dramatically improved cost and timelines. This talk will highlight the strengths of the technology platform and the synergistic collaborations we are developing across the supply chain.

New Enzymes, New Molecules – Enabling Tomorrow’s Products
Alexandre Zanghellini, co-founder and CEO, Arzeda Corporation
Bringing together computational design, data science and high throughput screening, Arzeda has developed a differentiated synthetic biology platform to be able to produce high value chemicals that can’t be produced with natural biology or synthetic chemistry. We will present here an overview of the transformative power of Arzeda’s technology through validated case studies.

A Look at CRISPR, ‘Biotech’s Biggest Breakthrough of the Century’
Vonnie Estes, Group Leader, Agriculture and Industrial Biotechnology, Caribou Biosciences, Inc.
Caribou Biosciences is a pioneer in the revolutionary field of CRISPR-Cas genome editing.  Caribou’s tools and technologies provide transformative capabilities to therapeutic development, agricultural biotechnology, industrial biotechnology, and basic and applied biological research. This presentation will touch on: what is gene editing?, how is it transformative?, how will it effect our businesses?

Also: John Melo, CEO, Amyris

1:00PM – 2:00PM Luncheon

2:00PM – 3:15PM
 What’s NEXT in Aviation?

Advanced finished jet fuels, blendstocks, intermediates and bioconversion technologies including greenfield and bolt-on options. In this session, we look at the development of novel technologies on the jet fuel sides for bioconversion including both thermocatalytic, fermentation and emulsification options. Plus, pathways and ASTM approval, the move for global sustainability in the commercial aviation sector and much more.


What’s Next in Aviation Biofuels at Boeing?
Elizabeth (Ellie) Wood, Regional Director, Biofuel Strategy, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Aviation biofuel will be critical for meeting the commercial aviation industry’s emissions reductions goals. This presentation will address Boeing’s perspective on sustainable aviation biofuels, including the state of the biofuel industry, fuel approvals, and Boeing’s efforts to catalyze commercial production.

From Mill to Wing-A Sustainable Pathway to Drop in Fuels.
Paul Sechrist, Vice President, Development, LanzaTech
There are many new pathways for drop in jet fuels today. These are essential as the aviation sector pursues its self-imposed strict carbon reduction goals. LanzaTech, together with its partners, has produced alcohol to jet (ATJ) from ethanol derived from steel mill flu gases. We examine LanzaTech’s promise and progress in delivering low carbon jet fuel from waste resources.

REACH Technology for Lowest Cost Cellulosic Jet Fuel Production
Karl Seck, CEO, Mercurius Biorefining
This presentation will:
– Discuss liquid phase catalytic processes and compare to traditional approaches.
– Describe REACH technology and why it’s lowest cost.
– Show Mercurius’ accomplishments to date and the pathway to commercialization.

Advancing “Drop-In” Fuel Blends to Full Replacement Renewable Jet Fuel
Kevin R Weiss, CEO Byogy Renewables, Inc.
The alternative aviation biofuel industry has matured through the stages of blending additives to full replacement premium fuel.  Byogy is advancing the alcohol to jet (ATJ) process to one of the first full replacement commercial and military grade aviation biofuels. The introduction of an actual fuel will minimize safety concerns, and significantly reduce costs by eliminating the downstream handling, blending, and accounting logistics challenges. In order for an aviation operator to meet the newly adopted ICAO A-39 global market based measures (GMBM) for carbon emission reductions, greater that  50% blend ratios will be required over the coming years. Byogy’s ability to penetrate higher blend ratios with premium replacement fuels will support this key industry target by providing the highest carbon reduction metrics .

3:15PM – 3:45PM Refreshment Break

3:45PM – 5:00PM

What’s Next in Government and Advanced Research?

What are the major goals of government agencies and national labs, and how are they completing their research agendas through collaboration with early-stage technologies? The DOE’s Bioenergy Technology Office, and the USDA discuss their programs from early-stage R&D through to commercialization — including public-private partnerships, grant programs, loan guarantees, cooperative R&D, consortia participation and more.


USDA:  How Far Have We Come?

Harry Baumes, Director, Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Todd Campbell, Senior Energy Advisor, USDA Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture

The USDA reviews accomplishments and challenges in the Biobased industry and the role of the programs and policies of the Obama Administration, under the leadership of Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, in moving the industry forward, including the USDA’s recently released “Economic Impact Analysis of the Biobased Products Industry 2016”.

DOE: How Far Have We Come?

How DOE Works Towards Cost-Competitive Advanced Biofuels
Jonathan Male, Director, Bioenergy Technologies Office,U.S. Department of Energy
The Department of Energy (DOE) works to lower costs, reduce technical risk, and accelerate demonstration of bioenergy and renewable chemicals technologies. Within DOE the Bioenergy Technology Office (BETO) oversees research and development across the entire supply chain—from sustainable biomass growth and collection to preprocessing and logistics that enable efficient conversion to subsequently biomass conversion technologies that include biochemical, catalytic, hybrid, and thermochemical pathways to produce economically viable biofuels and bioproducts.  The BETO’s portfolio of demonstration activities involving public-private partnerships help BETO staff to evaluate risks and enable industrial entities to move technologies towards commercial scale in the emerging bioenergy industry through the collaboration on the complexities of scale up and integration of technologies in pilot- and demonstration-scale.

Decarbonizing energy and manufacturing through integrated, mission driven research and development
Blake A. Simmons, PhD,, Chief Science and Technology Officer, Vice-President, Deconstruction Division, Joint BioEnergy Institute
The realization of a low-carbon bioeconomy requires significant advances in the development of sustainable and scalable technologies in the energy and manufacturing sectors. This presentation will focus on two DOE funded projects – the Agile BioFoundry and the Joint BioEnergy Institute. The Agile BioFoundry is a partnership of nine national laboratories that will establish a new and integrated approach in Biomanufacturing, with a goal of reducing the time and cost to generate biofuels and bioproducts at commercially relevant titers, rates, and yields. The Joint BioEnergy Institute is a partnership between national laboratories and universities that is establishing the fundamental science needed to generate integrated conversion technologies for the production of advanced, “drop-in” biofuels from lignocellulosic biomass. Particular attention will be paid on how these projects interact with industry to ensure mission success and marketplace transformation.

5:00 PM End of Conference