Research scientists and industry leaders will present progress in developing advanced biotech fuels and chemicals through genomics, synthetic biology, and genetic engineering at the upcoming Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, Sept. 10-12 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Biotechnology Industry Organization today announced the full schedule of educational sessions for the Pacific Rim Summit.

Scheduled plenary speakers at the Pacific Rim Summit include Drew Endy, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Stanford University and former Cabot Assistant Professor of Biological Engineering at MIT. Endy is also co-founder of Codon Devices, Inc., a startup company developing DNA synthesis technology, and a co-founder of the BioBricks Foundation, a not-for-profit organization championing legal and economic strategies for open biotechnology information resources. Endy will discuss how new understanding of genomic information is leading to development of new applications for biotech fuels and chemicals.

Other sessions presenting advanced research and development for new fuels and chemicals include:

Recent Progress in Synthetic Biology for Advanced Biofuels

  • Mike McAdams, Executive Director, Hart Research
  • Robert Walsh, III, President, LS9
  • Patrick Gruber, CEO, Gevo Incorporated
  • Jonathan Wolfson, CEO, Solazyme


New Genomic and Bioinformatic Tools for Chemicals and Fuels

  • Michael Lynch, Chief Scientific Officer, OPX Biotechnologies, Inc.
  • Jean Peccoud, Associate Professor, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute
  • Daniela Grabs, President, ARZEDA Corp.

The Pacific Rim Summit is the only global conference dedicated to building innovative collaborations in industrial biotechnology across the Pacific. The conference is co-organized by BIO, BIOTECanada, and Life Sciences British Columbia with additional support provided by BC Innovation Council and Genome British Columbia. Media registration is complimentary for credentialed members of the news media.

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BIO represents more than 1,200 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.

Upcoming BIO Events


Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy

Sept. 10-12, 2008
Vancouver, BC

BIO Investor Forum 2008

October 29-31, 2008
San Francisco, CA

BIO-Europe 2008

November 17-19, 2008
Mannheim/Heidelberg, Germany

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