WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Media registration is now available for the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy to take place 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. 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. The three-day summit 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. Media registration and full conference information can be found at http://www.bio.org/pacrim/. Registration is complimentary for credentialed members of the news media. Only reporters and editors working full-time for print or broadcast news organizations may register onsite with valid media credentials. All freelancers and online publications must register in advance by January 3, 2006. 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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