Conference Day One 2015

EFIB 2015 will provide 700+ delegates with over 90 presentations tackling the issues of understanding new business models, accessing combined funding and overcoming hurdles in the development of new value chains from raw materials right through to the consumer.

The agenda is still in progress but last year's agenda below, demonstrate the high level of discussion that will take place this year.

Confirmed speakers for this year, can already be viewed here >>

EFIB 2015: Opening Plenary

The business of Industrial Biotechnology – new business models and investments driving the European bioeconomy forward

Official EFIB Opening Plenary

Sponsored by:

  1. Welcoming remarks

    Nathalie Moll | Secretary General of EuropaBio

  2. Inspirational speaker

    To be announced

  3. European Policy keynote

    Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director General, European Commission, Directorate–General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

  4. New business way of thinking to move the biobased industry forward

    Tjerk De Ruiter | CEO of Corbion Purac

  5. European investments and bioproducts for the future

    Ilkka Hämälä, CEO, Metsä Fibre Ltd

  6. Morning refreshments in the exhibition hall

Bioeconomy and the circular economy

  1. Introduction from Chair

    Dave Keating, Former Editor, European Voice

  2. Circular economy keynote – macro-economic benefits of a circular economy and the current barriers that exist towards its development

    Joss Bleriot | Executive Officer Lead, Communications and Policy of Ellen MacArthur Foundation

  3. Circular advantage for biobased industries; opportunities and challenges

    Representative from Accenture

  4. Circular economy meets bioeconomy panel discussion

    Views on how the circular economy can feed into the bioeconomy, and what role biobased materials are playing into sustainability goals in end-use markets, and where the barriers are towards moving to a future circular economy capitalizing on the potential of biobased.

    Invited panelists:
    Representatives from Accenture, WWF, Zero Waste Europe and FCMG companies
    Joss Bleriot, Head of Editorial and European Affairs, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

  5. Lunch will be served for all speakers and delegates in the exhibition hall

Track 1 - Creating markets for biobased products

Creating markets for biobased products

Market oriented session addressing tools such as standards for biobased products, feedstock certification, labelling, public procurement

  1. Introduction from Session Chair

  2. Public Procurement for promoting Europe’s Biobased Industry: Making it Happen

    James Cogan | Business and Policy Analyst of PNO Innovation

  3. Opening bio-based markets via standards, labelling and public procurement

    Ortwin Costenoble | Senior Standardization Consultant of NEN Energy Resources

  4. Learning from the Italian advanced biofuels mandate

    Speaker invited

  5. Learnings from the US Biopreferred Program

    Ron Buckhalt, BioPreferred Program Manager, USDA

  6. Communicating the bioeconomy

    Representative from Novozymes

  7. Panel discussion

  8. Networking refreshment break

Feedstock session: Ensuring sufficient and competitive supply in Europe

  1. Introduction from Session Chair

    Dr Calliope Panoutsou, Imperial College Centre for Energy Policy & Technology

  2. Introductory standpoints from panelists

    With representatives from LMC International, EFG, COPA COGECA

    • Sarah Hickingbottom, LMC International
    • Max Schulman, Chair COPA COGECA Cereals working party - invited
    • Marc Vermeulen, Secretary General, European Fermentation Group
    • Representative from feedstock provider
    • Lucy Nattras, Managing Consultant and E4tech sector lead on Biofuels and Biochemicals
  3. Panel discussion

  4. All conference attendees will be invited to join us an evening drinks reception

    Details to be announced

Innovation Track 1

SME innovation showcase

  1. Introduction from Session Chair

  2. Bringing a new value-chain to an industrial reality; key enabling factors and 1.3-PDO industrial deployment case study

    Benjamin Gonzalez | CEO of Metabolic Explorer

  3. Platform chemical 5-HMF – building the bio-based future

    Thomas M. Kläusli | Chief Marketing Officer of AVA BIOCHEM

  4. Synthetic biology: need for a genetic firewall

    Dr Philippe Gabant | Co-founder and CSO of Syngulon

  5. Development of Synthetic Biology Tools to More Predictably Clone, Express and Select Biocatalytic Activities for Metabolic Pathway and Bioprocess Optimization

    Dr Ian Fotheringham | Managing Director of Ingenza

  6. The use of captured CO2 to produce polyurethane polymers

    Simon Waddington | Market Development Manager of Novomer Inc

  7. Title tbc

    Speaker from Biorem

  8. Networking refreshment break

Biomaterial innovations in consumer goods – End Users showcasing IB as a commercial reality

  1. Introduction from Session Chair

    Kathryn Sheridan | Founder of Sustainability Consult

  2. Developing a methodology to track and report bio based content in complex supply chains

    Alistair Reid | Spend Area Main Buyer - Renewable Raw Materials of Akzo Nobel

  3. Biobased and Jaguar Landrover’s Environmental Innovation programme

    Ian Ellison | Sustainability Manager of Jaguar Landrover

  4. Bioserie Bioplastic Baby Products

    Kaya Kaplancali | CEO of Bioserie

  5. Pharmafilter: provision of single, personal and hygiene, use bioplastics disposables for hospitals

    Peter Kelly | Pharmafilter International Director Healthcare, Waste, Wastewater and BioBased Biodegradable Platform Solutions of Pharmafilter

  6. Q&A session

  7. All conference attendees will be invited to join us an evening drinks reception

    Details to be announced