Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)

BIO’s 10th Annual World Congress Showcases Strength of Industrial Biotech in Canada


WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Biotechnology Industry Organization's (BIO) 10th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology will feature industry leaders, government officials, university researchers and venture capitalists to facilitate networking and business partnerships this June 16-19 in Montréal, Canada. Online registration for the conference at the Palais des congrès de Montréal is now open.

“We could not be more excited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of BIO’s World Congress to highlight the growth of the industry, particularly in Canada,” said Brent Erickson, executive vice president for BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section. “In Canada, industry, government and universities have joined forces to create a thriving and sustainable biobased economy creating new opportunities for agriculture, generating jobs, making greener products and cleaner processes.”

“We are pleased to join BIO as a Co-Organizer of their 10th Annual World Congress,” said Élaine Zakaïb, Associate Minister for the Industrial Policy and to the Québec Economic Development Bank. “Our Ministry believes the industrial biotech industry is important to Québec’s future economic prosperity and energy security and seeks to help businesses succeed in this emerging industry.”

BIO’s World Congress will host numerous breakout and plenary sessions with companies representing Canada including:

Featured Plenary Sessions include:

Global Outlook on Industrial Biotechnology
Monday, June 17, 12 - 2:15 PM, Sponsored by BioAmber

  • Moderator: James C. Greenwood, President and CEO, BIO
  • Andrew Casey, President and CEO, BIOTECanada
  • Joanna DuPont, Director of Industrial Biotechnology, EuropaBio
  • Dato Dr. Nazlee Kamal, Chief Executive Officer, BiotechCorp
  • Elizabeth Farina, Chief Executive Officer, UNICA (invited)

Feeding Next Generation Biorefineries in 2013
Monday, June 17, 4:30 - 6 PM

Feeling the Heat of the Biofuels Boom
Wednesday, June 19, 12 - 2:15 PM

Featured Breakout Sessions include:

Developing Biorefineries and the Bioproducts Sector – Roles for Government and for Industry
Monday, June 17, 8:30 - 10 AM

Conversion of Woody Materials to Fuels and Chemicals
Monday, June 17, 8:30 - 10 AM

Value Chain Partnerships to Accelerate Commercialization of Biobased Materials
Tuesday, June 18, 8:30 - 10 AM

The First Generation of Biorefineries in Canada
Tuesday, June 18, 2:30 - 4 PM

Carbon Capture and Biological Conversion: The Case for Co-Location
Tuesday, June 18, 2:30 - 4 PM

Renewable Feedstock Crops – Can they Provide an Economic Alternative to Petroleum?
Wednesday, June 19, 10:30 AM - 12 PM

Cellulosic Ethanol: Scale-Up and Commercialization - Part 2
Wednesday, June 19, 10:30 AM - 12 PM

Find the full program list and schedule here.

Registration is now open for the 2013 BIO World Congress coming to Montréal, Canada, June 16-19 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. Please visit for additional information, or email It’s 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.

Online pre-registration for reporters and editors is now open. All breakout and plenary sessions at the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology 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 BIOtechNOW, an online portal and monthly newsletter chronicling “innovations transforming our world.” Subscribe to BIOtechNOW.

Upcoming BIO Events

BIO International Convention
April 22 - 25, 2013
Chicago, IL

World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology
June 16 - 19, 2013
Montréal, Canada

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

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

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