BIO to Host First Pacific Rim Industrial Biotech & Bioenergy Conference

Nov 16, 2005, 00:00 ET from Biotechnology Industry Organization

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The drive to develop more sustainable
 sources of ethanol transportation fuel and other forms of bioenergy as well as
 cleaner, more efficient methods of industrial production has prompted the
 Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) to host its first Pacific Rim Summit
 on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy Jan. 11-13, 2006 at the Hilton
 Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa in Honolulu.
     BIO is sponsoring the conference in conjunction with the state of Hawaii,
 the University of Hawaii, the Hawaii Life Sciences Council (HLSC), Enterprise
 Honolulu and the Oceanic Institute. The purpose of the conference is to
 highlight the emerging field of industrial biotechnology, which is being used
 to convert agricultural wastes to renewable energy and to make many types of
 manufacturing processes more environmentally sustainable.
     "The convergence of biotechnology, chemistry, agriculture and the study of
 marine microorganisms is poised to revolutionize nearly every aspect of
 today's global economy," said Brent Erickson, executive vice president of
 BIO's Industrial and Environmental Section. "Regional 'biobased' economies are
 emerging in various states of complexity and development. Indeed, nations in
 the Pacific Rim region have enough biomass resources to supply a robust
 economy producing renewable products and fuels.
     "Honolulu was selected as the host city due to its proximity to Pacific
 Rim nations, and because it has a significant biomass resource base that can
 provide sugar and plant oil feedstocks for a regional biobased economy,"
 Erickson said.
     Notable plenary speakers scheduled to make presentations include the
 honorable James Greenwood, BIO's president and CEO; Rajesh Parekh, a principal
 in the Shanghai office of McKinsey & Company; Dr. Patrick Moore, founder of
 Greenspirit International and one of the original co-founders of Greenpeace;
 and Graeme Bullock, former general manager of Australia's Sugar Research
 Institute and a noted expert on conversion of agricultural crops to value-
 added products; Maurice Kaya, chief technical officer, State of Hawaii
 Department of Business, Economic Development & Trade; Nobu Kawashima, Mitsui
 Chemicals (Japan); Weng Yunxuan, Beijing Technology and Business University
 (China); Silvia Ortego, PHB Industrial  (Brazil); Roger Wyse, managing
 director, Burrill & Company; and Marv Duncan, senior agricultural economist,
 U.S. Department of Agriculture.
     BIO recently made public the full program for the three-day summit, which
 will feature presentations on industrial biotechnology for drug discovery and
 production, bio-energy, bio-based products, novel applications of marine
 biotechnology, and nanotechnology as the role of industrial biotechnology and
 bioenergy in a secure and prosperous and more sustainable global future.
     Registration and additional conference information may be obtained by
 clicking on Media registration is complimentary.
     BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic
 institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the
 United States and 31 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research
 and development of healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental
 biotechnology products.

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