10 October 2017: Conference Day One

Below is the exciting agenda for 2017.


Opening plenary sponsored by: 

  1. Registration and morning refreshments

  2. Welcome address from EFIB organisers

    Joanna Dupont Inglis | Director of Industrial Biotechnology of EuropaBio

  3. Seeing the good from the trees

    Tom Heap | Broadcaster of Rural Affairs

  4. Fireside chat between Mathieu Flamini, Co-Founder, GFBiochemicals and Tom Heap, Rural Affairs Broadcaster

    Mathieu Flamini | Co-Founder of GFBiochemicals

    Building a successful business in the bioeconomy

    Interviewee: Mathieu Flamini, Co-Founder, GFBiochemicals

    Interviewer: Tom Heap, Rural Affairs Broadcaster

  5. European Commission address

    Daniel Calleja Crespo | Director-General DG Environment (ENV) of European Commission

  6. Networking break

  7. Economic Model Transformation and the role of the bioeconomy

    Janez Potočnik | Co-Chair of UNEP International Resource Panel - IRP

    The 20th Century was the century of great acceleration and it is more than clear that the trends continue also in this century. For the first time in a human history we face the emergence of a single, tightly coupled human social-ecological system of planetary scope. We are more interconnected and interdependent than ever and our individual and collective responsibility to manage our lives in a more sustainable way has dramatically increased. Changing existing wasteful and unfair economic model is in the core of the unavoidable transition, which is already going on.  Bioeconomy has a major development potential and could be at the heart of the transition to this new economic model if organised in a responsible and fair way, and consistent with the logic of decoupling and circular economy.

  8. Message in a (bio-based) bottle – perspectives from a 10 year journey

    Tom van Aken | CEO of Avantium

    Developing a new biobased monomer (FDCA), commercializing a new biobased polymer (PEF), attracting major brands (Coca-Cola, Danone), partnering with a chemical giant (BASF), raising venture capital (EUR80m) and undertaking an IPO (EUR109m): these are elements of the steep learning curve of Avantium.  Tom van Aken will talk about his own experiences of bringing breakthrough innovations to the market, dealing with set-backs, the push-back of incumbent industry players, interacting with brands, the challenges of scale-up, and an update on the race for the 100% biobased bottle.  

  9. Panel: Bioeconomy 2.0 - where to next for industry’s bio-based leaders?

    Featuring leaders from European Commission, Corbion, Oxymem, Avantium, Cefic, BioVale and Intrexon

    • Opportunities and challenges for the bioeconomy in Europe
    • Assessing the role of bio-based innovators in delivering on some of the EU’s most important goals
    • Reflecting on recent successes and milestones
    • Highlighting what measures ought to be considered through the possible revision of the EU Bioeconomy Strategy for Europe

    Moderated by:  Lene Lange, Center for BioProcess Engineering, DTU Chemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark

    Panellists include:

    Tjerk de Ruiter, CEO, Corbion

    John Bell, Director of Bioeconomy, DG RTD, European Commission

    Marco Mensink,  Director General,   European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) 

    Wayne Byrne, Managing Director & Co-Founder, Oxymem

    Tom van Aken, CEO, Avantium

    Hadyn Parry, Vice President Corporate Development, Europe, Intrexon Corporation 

    Maggie Smallwood, CEO, BioVale

  10. Networking lunch

Track A


  1. Chair's opening remarks

    Sean Sutcliffe | Chief Executive of Green Biologics Ltd

  2. Adapting strategies based on learnings

    Cindy Bryant | SVP of Collaborations and Corporate Development of Amyris, Inc.

    • Why we are winning today in high growth markets
    • Review of updated business model which removes product and market risk while funding development 
  3. Getting bio-based products to market: SME challenges and opportunities

    Christian Kemp-Griffin | CEO of CelluComp

  4. Technology enables products enables bioeconomy

    Dr Jürgen Eck | CEO of BRAIN AG

    • New trends and topics for the bioeconomy
    • Consumer behaviour, political incentives – and their limits
    • Long-term BRAIN strategy – from R&D start-up to a global stock market player
    • BRAIN technology & product portfolio – setup and perspectives
    • Changing innovation cycles and x-sectoral open innovation networks
    • Bioeconomy outlook from a holistic perspective – the path forward
  5. Green Biologics: Creating high performance renewable chemicals

    Sean Sutcliffe | Chief Executive of Green Biologics Ltd

  6. Q&A discussion with all previous speakers

  7. Networking break


  1. Chair’s opening remarks

    Francois De Bie | Chairman of European Bioplastics

  2. Panel with short presentations and a joint Q&A session

    Speakers include European Commission, Braskem, NatureWorks and NEN

    Speakers include:

    Eric Liegeois, Team Leader Fertilisers, Detergents, Pesticides/Biocides, Plastics and Wastes Recycling, European Commission

    Mariagiovanna Vetere, Global Public Affairs Manager, NatureWorks LLC

    Henri Colens, Public Affairs Manager, Braskem

    Harmen Willemse MSc., Consultant Bio-based Economy, NEN - Netherlands Standardization Institute

  3. Chair's closing remarks and end of day one

Track B


  1. Chair's opening remarks

  2. Canola protein, a unique plant based protein

    Will van den Tweel | Venture Manager Canola/Rapeseed Protein of DSM

    There is a growing demand for sustainable proteins. Rapeseed/canola is a major crop all over the world for cooking oil and feed products. Within DSM we have developed an innovative, proprietary aqueous technology that unlocks the protein for human consumption in a broad range of applications. Benefits of this Canola/rapeseed protein (CanolaPRO): neutral/pleasant taste, very high nutritional value, high solubility over the full pH range, strong functional properties, non-GMO, solvent-free. After having run a pilot facility for a few years, we have build a demo unit that is operational since the start of 2017. We target to build a commercial plant in the near future.

  3. Defining the advantages of bio-based products - Ynsect and Insects

    Guillaume Daoulas | Business Unit Manager of YNSECT

    Ynsect uses insects to bioconvert organic substrates, such as cereal byproducts, and transform those insects into sustainable nutrient resource for agro-industries and bioactive compounds for green chemistry. Insects are grown on a fully automated process using big data and advanced robotics. Biotechnology and insects provides new biobased ressources for animal feed, human food but also for many applications using biobpolymers such as packaging, pharmaceutic, cosmetic, water treatment etc...

  4. Innovative, sustainable solutions for coated textiles

    Thomas Michaelis | Head of Textile Coatings EM/LA of Covestro Deutschland AG

  5. Biotechnologies to beauty, the next B2B

    Frédérique Lafosse | Head of Strategic Projects of Givaudan

    New Beauty is impetuously demanding for more and more naturalness, efficacy and sustainaibility. Awareness of consumers forces the Cosmetic houses to re-think their way of formulating, putting them in a corner, racking their brain to find out the right materials on the market. Biotechnology process, smartly applied to design bio-based materials - can bring a solid response to this quest. We will see how Givaudan Active Beauty has built its expertise and fame, capitalizing on Biotechnology, be it traditional or modern.

  6. Derbipure: Bio-based technology for roof applications

    Dr Ir. Hans Aerts | R&D Innovation Director of Derbigum

    • Circular economy in construction materials 
    • Roofing membranes based on recycled ones
    • Roofing membranes and airtight membranes based on bio-based raw materials 
  7. Inspired by Nature: New interventions for microbial control across multiple markets

    Dr Neil Parry | Research Programme Director – Biotechnology Science Leader of Unilever Research and Development

  8. Decovery® plant-based high performance resins for paint

    Adri van der Waals | Director of Marketing & Sales of DSM Coating Resins

    Fossil feedstocks for resin and paint manufacturing are becoming increasingly scarce. Our challenge is to move towards a low-carbon economy based on renewable alternatives. DSM is a recognized leader in the field of waterborne, powder, UV-curing resin technologies and now introduces Decovery®, a revolutionary plant-based resin platform for paints and inks. 

  9. Networking break


  1. Chair’s opening remarks

    Christophe Luguel | Head of International Affairs of IAR Cluster

  2. Building a platform to engineer biology

    Ena Chan Cratsenburg | Chief Business Officer of Gingko Bioworks

  3. Accelerated development of bio-based processes through biosynthetic selections technology

    Hans Genee | Co-founder and CSO of Biosyntia

    Biosynthetic selections in combination with deep sequencing offer unprecedented opportunities for addressing complex biological questions in a comprehensive and systematic manner. Millions of unique genetic variants can be rapidly segmented with regards to their phenotypic behaviour using biosynthetic selections. Deep sequencing of the respective pools enable direct association of genotype to phenotype generating orders of magnitude more data illuminating specific biological processes. In this way biosynthetic selections pave the way for big data biology to address biological problems relevant for both industrial and medical biotechnology.  

  4. How robots, machine learning and AI are unlocking the power of biology

    Tom Stephenson | Chief Commercial Officer of Zymergen

    The complexity of biology vastly exceeds the capacity of human intuition, yet for centuries scientists have relied on the hypothesis-based scientific method, using manual experimentation to test human-generated ideas. This approach is both slow and expensive, constraining commercial applications – so although expectations have been high, biology hasn't yet delivered the widespread disruption scientists projected after humans first uncovered the structure of DNA. Today, that is finally changing. Through the confluence of multiple advances in technology — including robotics, machine learning and AI— we have the opportunity to make biology as reliable and predictable as other engineering disciplines for the first time in history. This will enable rapid innovation in materials science across industries, including agriculture, military, electronics, personal care and many more.

  5. Applications of bacteriocins loci for the control of industrial strains

    Dr Philippe Gabant | Co-founder and CSO of Syngulon

    The mission of Syngulon is to provide genetic technologies in order to make microbial strains involved in industrial process more efficient and safe.

    Therefore Syngulon has started to generate a portfolio of genetic technologies based on bacteriocins focusing on the control of industrial microrefineries to solve:

    1. Genetic Security (industrial microbes will not duplicate in another manufacturing plant)

    2. Yield increase by industrial Genetic Bio-control (industrial microbes of interest will dominate in the production fermentor)

    3. Contamination prevention: protection of the micro-refineries against microbial invaders

    4. Genetic Safety or gene containment (industrial microbes will not be able to reproduce in the environment)

  6. Cellulose NanoCrystals: a biomaterial with great potential

    Sebastien Corbeil | President and CEO of CelluForce

    • Source of Cellulose NanoCrystals (CNC)
    • Base properties of CNC
    • Examples of use of CNC in hydrophilic media
    • Examples of use of CNC in hydrophobic media
    • Understanding what this new material is all about and how it can be used to improve product properties
  7. Bringing new biotechnology products into the market

    Hadyn Parry | Vice President Corporate Development, Europe of Intrexon

  8. New partnership for bio-based MEG from sugars

    Mateus Schreiner G. Lopes | Head of Innovation in Renewable Technologies of Braskem

  9. Close of conference day one

Networking drinks reception at Kwint

Sponsored by: 

  1. Informal networking at the beautiful Kwint

    On the evening of conference day one, continue discussions started in sessions, catch up with partners and make new connections over a drink at the beautiful  Kwint, just a minute’s walk away from the conference location.