5 conferences, 12 events, 1 place, 1 time: ABLC Next 2017 line-up announced

May 17, 2017 |

In Florida, The Digest announced that the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference on Next-Gen Technologies (ABLC Next) will be held October 16-18, 2017 at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco, and outlined the agenda, themes and announced a first wave of event speakers.

Here’s a special private column by Digest editor Jim Lane on “being seen, going lean” here.

5 Conferences in 1 — and 12 events in all

ABLC Next will feature five distinct conference experiences: the Advanced Biofuels Summit, the Renewable Chemicals & Biomaterials Summit, the Advanced Nutrition Summit, the Sustainable Brands Summit, and the BioFrontiers Showcase for Emerging Technology.

In addition, ABLC Next will host Lab Tours of significant R&D centers in the San Francisco Bay Area, plus an Investor & Finance Workshop on capital trends, and present the Industry Horizons Forum. The Due Diligence Wolfpack returns to uncover and devour hype and real opportunity in ABLC360. Plus, we’ll will feature tasting and hands-on technology demonstrations of advanced technologies, tools, beverages and foods in the NEXT Store. And we’ll announce the 40 Hottest Emerging Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy (the Hot 40) live at ABLC Next.

Also debuting this year on the evening of October 16th, 2017 is the Digest’s Market Price & Industrial Demand Outlook, available to ABLC Next delegates only, which will outline market sizes, growth trends and pricing ranges expected through 2022 for key product sets that will be under the microscope throughout the event.

Boost your conference ROI — 2 for 1 offer

Through August 15th, we have a special “2 for 1” offer in place — you can 50% off the super-low Early Bird rate – so, prices start as low as $448 per person if you take the 2 for 1. It’s double savings and is the best way to boost you conference ROI. And, access our special room rates at the Hotel Nikko to maximize savings and for a seamless stay in San Francisco

6,000+ attending live or via on-demand streaming

350-400 high-level delegates are expected to convene in San Francisco for the event, and 6,000 are expected to tune in around the globe for live or on-demand coverage of selected events via BioChannel.TV. If you are interested in sponsorship options to increase visibility and credibility via ABLC Next, start here.

5 Themes the Industry is Thinking About

The theme for ABLC Next 2017 is “Pathways to Sustainable Enterprise” and across the two and a half days of the event, we’ll be looking closely at:

Getting Scale: proven technologies that have been demonstrated in depth; the must knows and pitfalls from finance to engineering.

Gaining Speed: new strategies for increasing speed to market; development in parallel; accessing opportunities in emerging markets and making them work

Capital Lightening: accessing strategic relationships; leveraging existing resources; new products and strategies that extend value for existing projects; what role carbon pricing plays, and how much and where and when.

Early Income: Designing platforms and breakthrough first products that reduce cash burn and create brand visibility; monetizing through new and existing channels.

Share of Voice: Developing a voice and messages that resonate with customers, consumers, policymakers, NGOs, investors, and analysts.

Sustainable Feedstock: Identifying real resources, timelines to scale, aggregation that works, sustainability metrics, and residues vs novel energy crops.

5 Industry Segments that Matter


In the Advanced Biofuels Summit, ABLC Next will be focusing on demonstrated cellulosic biofuels, expansion opportunities in biomass-based diesel, progress in aviation fuels; Low Carbon Fuel Standards and their impact, progress in emerging alternatives to gasoline and diesel including DME, butanol and more, upgrade and expansion technologies for first-gen plants and thermochemical technologies that are on the rise.

Chemicals and Biomaterials

In the Renewable Chemicals & Biomaterials Summit, the event will focus on new demand for renewable chemical Intermediates, expansion in biobased plastics & packaging, the rise of fragrances & flavors, strategic interest and intent in organic acids and novel-performance chemicals.


In the Advanced Nutrition Summit, ABLC Next will focus in on the rise of protein production for animal and human nutrition, opportunities for vegan technologies, the growing interest in the microbiome and the implications for R&D, and the expanding universe of nutraceuticals.

The rise of Sustainable Brands

In the Sustainable Brands Summit, the conference will highlight success stories with consumer-facing brands including airlines, development stories with consumer goods manufacturers changing ingredients or packaging to meet sustainability goals, and the emerging new demand among human and animal nutrition marketers for new products and ingredients.

Earliest-stage technologies

In the BioFrontiers Showcase, emerging solutions and licensable technologies just arriving on the market or still in earlier R&D stages will be profiled and highlighted in a rapid-fire exposure to advanced technology trends and partnership and investment opportunities.

More about ABLC Next

The event website, agenda and conference details including registration and the 2 for 1 special offer – for all that, start here.

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