Programme Overview for 2013

Overview of the EFIB Theme: Business meets Policy

The business meets policy theme runs throughout this year's conference agenda, from the opening plenary keynotes from European Commission and Parliament representatives and international policy perspectives from the Americas and Asia, to venture capital financing and the ever popular innovation track, showcasing technology and product breakthrough in the bioeconomy. This year's business meets policy debate features forward thinking CEOs from Novozymes, DSM and SME Proviron and influential policymakers, including Maive Rute of DG Research and Innovation, to discuss how the EU can pull together to create a world leading biobased marketplace.

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Following EFIB's unique "business meets policy" theme we delve below into some agenda highlights and unmask high-profile business and policy leaders presenting on the conference programme for 2013.

In the opening plenary:

Hear a comparison of Europe versus rest of the world as a launching platform for a white biotechnology company from Frederic van Gansberghe, CEO at Galactic
In the opening plenary:

Learn about the European biotechnology policy agenda from Rudolf Strohmeier, Deputy Director General, DG Research and Innovation
In the opening plenary:

CEO of Ecover, Philip Malmberg will cover the Ecover story and how this B-to-C company are looking to continue to source biobased materials and the consumer reaction to these
In the market pull panel:

Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director-General of the Enterprise and Industry Directorate-General will discuss policy instruments to create market pull, alongside end-use companies in various sectors
In the sustainable and competitive feedstocks track:

Benefit from Michael Carus', expert insight in the field of the bio-based economy on the future potential of biomass
In the sustainable and competitive feedstocks track:

Pekka Pesonen Secretary General of Copa Cogeca takes the stage on the EU's agricultural policy and implications for the bio-based economy
In the finance track:

Understand corporate venture investment criteria, processes and examples of investments in industrial biotechnology from Dr Richard Riggs, Investment Manager for BASF Venture Capital
In the international policy session:

Discover a US policy perspective from Brent Erikson, Director of the Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food Directorate at BIO
In the innovation track:

Learn about a brand new innovation using insects as a biomass upgrader in a unique presentation from Antoine Hubert, Founding Partner / R&D leader at Ynsect
In the session the biobased industries PPP:

Hear the European Commission perspective on the BRIDGE initiative from Barend Verachtert, Acting Head of Unit Biotechnologies, DG Research & Innovation
In the closing plenary:

Challenges of a bio-based economy and the need for building a sustainable supply chain presented by Jack Huttner, President and CEO at Huttner Strategies LLC
In the closing business meets policy panel:

React to perspectives from Maive Rute, European Commission, Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food Directorate at DG Research and Innovation

View the full agenda and workshops here:

Pre-conference workshops

Conference Day One

Conference Day Two

You can also visit the EFIB speaker page to view the profiles of these speakers and more.

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