19 October 2016: Conference Day 1

Below is the exciting agenda from 2016.

We will start working on the 2017 agenda later this year, so if you would be interested in speaking on 9-11 October in Brussels, please email georgia.atwal@smithers.com

EFIB 2016: Opening Plenary


  1. Registration and morning refreshments

  2. Welcome to EFIB 2016

    Joanna Dupont Inglis | Director, Industrial Biotechnology of EuropaBio

  3. Chair's opening remarks

    Ian Hudson | Former Board Member of EuropaBio

  4. The great disruption opportunity

    Paul Gilding | Independent Corporate Advisor and Author (“The Great Disruption”) of Former Executive Director, Greenpeace International

    As society hits the limits to growth in the old model and climate and food crises emerge, innovation and technology holds the key for society and for market opportunity. But how does business respond and not repeat the mistakes of the GMO issue? Can we create business growth by driving transformational change with community and consumer support? Paul Gilding has a background in both activism and 20 years as an advisor to the Boards and Executives of many global corporations. With this unique combination of perspectives he will explore these issues and give guidance on how to succeed.

  5. Lost in translation

    Professor Dame Anne Glover CBE FRSE | Vice Principal for External Affairs, Dean for Europe of University of Aberdeen

  6. Joint Q&A with keynote speakers

    Paul Gilding and Dame Anne Glover CBE FRSE take to the stage for a joint Q&A

  7. Networking break


  1. Scottish Ministerial address

    Paul Wheelhouse MSP | Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy of Scottish Government

  2. Innovating towards circular success - Crossing the "Valley of Death"

    Mark Simmers | Chief Executive Officer of Celtic Renewables Ltd.

    Exploring the challenges faced in the journey of Celtic Renewables from university spin-out, through start-up, and on to commercial scale.

  3. Panel: Creating markets within the circular economy - what role for IB?

    Featuring a senior leading official from DG GROW

    • What new markets can be created in the transition towards a circular economy? (e.g. markets for secondary raw materials)
    • What is the role of industrial biotech in these?
    • How to ensure that the right policy framework is in place for the development of the circular economy in the single market
    • What will be the role of the consumer?
    • Gaining insight into how to make public procurement work for IB


    David Newman, Managing Director, Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA)

    Panellists include:

    Ashima Sukhdev, Government & Cities Programme Lead, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

    Gwenole Cozigou, Director for Industrial Transformation and Advanced Value Chains, DG GROW, European Commission

    Tom Domen, Global Head of Long Term Innovation, ecover

    Nina Sweet,  OBE, WRAP

    Jarno Dakhorst, Consultant Energy & Biobased Economy, NEN | Netherlands Standardization Institute

  4. Industrial Biotechnology in Scotland

    Linda Hanna | Managing Director, Strategy & Sectors of Scottish Enterprise

  5. Networking lunch

Track A


  1. Chair's opening remarks

    Dr Yvonne Armitage | Bioeconomy Specialist of KTN UK

  2. Bio-based Economy in Europe and how to secure the biomass resource base in the coming decades

    Prof. Dr. André P.C. Faaij | Distinguished Professor Energy System Analysis of University of Groningen and Energy Academy Europe

  3. Life beyond EU sugar quotas: how might their disappearance influence supply, demand and price?

    Dr Sarah Hickingbottom | Oleo & Bio Based Chemicals of LMC International

  4. Urban organic wastes as a feedstock for emerging bio-refineries

    Dan Noakes | Business Manager of CPI

  5. Towards a cellulose-based society – current trends, future scenarios, and the role of the materials in a bio-based economy

    Dr Marco Lucisano | Vice President, Director Papermaking & Packaging of Innventia

  6. Networking Break

  7. Panel: Feedstock for scale-up in Europe: Where do we go from here?

    Panel featuring Energy Academy Europe, NNFCC, SE4All, CPI, Roquette and nova-Institut

    • Do we have enough feedstock to scale up Europe?
    • What needs to be done to improve the situation?
    •  Do we accept that scale-ups happen overseas only and Europe should focus elsewhere? Or, if not, how do we access these feedstocks?
    • Discussions around sugar, imports, tariffs, sustainability

    Moderator: Prof Dr Andre P. C. Faaij, Distinguished Professor Energy System Analysis, University of Groningen and Academic Director, Energy Academy Europe

    Panellists include:

    • Gerard Ostheimer, Global Lead Sustainable Bioenergy HIO, UN Sustainable Energy For All
    • David Turley, Executive: Lead Consultant - Biobased Feedstocks, NNFCC
    • Michael Carus, Director, nova-Institut
    • Dan Noakes, Business Manager, CPI
    • Christophe Rupp-Dahlem, Head of Global Public Affairs, Roquette
  8. Chair's closing remarks

  9. Networking Drinks at the Glasgow Science Centre - Sponsored by Team Scotland led by SDI

    Experience the “skirl” of the Scottish bagpipes which will lead you on the short walk to the fantastic Glasgow Science Centre. Hosted by Team Scotland, you will enjoy an evening of informal networking over drinks whilst enjoying the surroundings and many of the exhibitions.   

Track B

PitchFest 2016

EFIB PitchFest 2016 is a programme of investor-ready support for innovative SMEs seeking an opportunity to secure a minimum €1 million investment for their business. SMEs will be taken through a programme of business mentoring and pitch training provided by their regional agency. One SME from each region will be selected to pitch to a judging panel of investors in a specially formatted session during the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy (EFIB) conference, 18-20 October in Glasgow, Scotland.


After each of our pitchers do their quick-fire 7 minute presentations, our panel of investors will give their verdict on what they think of the projects and the potential for gaining investment.


Investor judging panel:


Michael-Jean Nettersheim, Investment Manager, BASF VC

John Williams, Senior Partner and Chief Technical Officer, S’InvesTec LLC

Joško Bobanović, Partner, Sofinnova Partners

Philipp Hasler, Investment Director, Emerald Technology Ventures

Ludwig  Goris, Investment Manager, Capricorn Venture Partners

  1. Chair's opening remarks

    Dr Edward Green | Chief Executive of CHAIN Biotechnology Ltd.

  2. Replacing plastics with the next generation of paper

    Tuomas Mustonen | Co-Founder and CEO of Paptic Ltd

  3. Seaweed Unwrapped – a European first

    David Mackie | Director of Marine Bipolymers

  4. Sustainable will not be enough

    Michael Wiegert | Co-Founder of WA3RM

  5. Industrial enzymes for cellulosic biomass

    Matti Heikkilä | CTO of MetGen Oy

  6. Let's make the future fly!

    Johan Jacobs | Founder & Fly-Master of Millibeter

  7. Energy from waste, turning the AD industry into profit

    Stephen Roe | Chief Executive Officer of Advanced Microwave Technologies Ltd

  8. Networking break

  9. Promic; a superior microbial feed and food ingredient

    Bart Kregersman |Process Manager/Co-Owner of AVECOM

  10. Finding the diamond in the rough; trying to save the world one tiny step at a time

    Dr Carol Phillips | Chief Executive Officer of NCIMB Ltd

  11. Zero waste integrated fermentation to halve the cost of mycoprotein

    Jim Laird | CEO of 3f bio Ltd

  12. Fast, selective, efficient: breakthrough process for conversion of biomass to chemicals and food ingredients

    Georgios Savoglidis | Co-founder & CEO of Embion Technologies SA

  13. Audience vote on the best pitch

  14. Chair's closing remarks

  15. Networking Drinks at the Glasgow Science Centre - Sponsored by Team Scotland led by SDI

    Experience the “skirl” of the Scottish bagpipes which will lead you on the short walk to the fantastic Glasgow Science Centre. Hosted by Team Scotland, you will enjoy an evening of informal networking over drinks whilst enjoying the surroundings and many of the exhibitions.   

Track C


  1. Chair's opening remarks

    M Carmen de Vicente Coll | Research Program Officer, Key Enabling Technologies, DG Research and Innovations of European Commission

  2. Lignin, cellulose derivatives and xylose: innovating bio-based solutions from second-generation biomass

    Dirk den Ouden | Global Technology Scouting Director of Stora Enso

  3. Success-story: Taking high-heat PLA from concept to commercial reality

    Dr Hans van der Pol | Senior Director - Biobased Innovations of Corbion

  4. Metabolism architects: from a blank sheet to an industrial-scale molecule production using the latest metabolic engineering techniques

    Cyrille Pauthenier | CEO & CSO of Abolis Biotechnologies

  5. Increased efficiency and predictability in developing efficient biologic production systems through integrated synthetic biology approaches

    Dr Ian Fotheringham | Managing Director of Ingenza

  6. Industrial scale purification of bio-based chemicals

    Marlene Beyerle | Technology Intelligence/R&D Project Manager of NOVASEP

  7. Functional bio-based compounds: from alternative resources to intensifying and optimizing processes

    Dr Karolien Vanbroekhoven | Programme Manager Bioprocessing of VITO

  8. Development of a nitrilase catalysed transformation of a waste stream to an industrially relevant dibasic ester

    Dr Chris Reeve | Technical Development Manager of CPI

  9. Progress in innovative plants that have received support from BioBase4SME

    Dr Lieve Hoflack | Project Manager of Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant

  10. Networking Break

  11. Chair's opening remarks

    Tom Domen | Global Head of Long Term Innovation of ecover / method

  12. Innovation in lipid’s chemistry : A new generation of polyester with surprising properties

    Carine Alfos | Innovation Director of ITERG

  13. A cost-effective route to bio-based packaging with 5-HMF, FDCA and PEF

    Thomas M. Kläusli | Chief Marketing Officer of AVALON Industries

  14. Direct fermentation to isobutene: How synthetic biology becomes an industrial reality

    Bernard Chaud | VP for Industrial Strategy of Global Bioenergies

  15. Why bio-based phenol is of interest for Covestro as a polycarbonate producer

    Dr Frank Buckel | PCS Sustainability Director of Covestro Deutschland AG

  16. Use of novel crystallization and solid-liquid separation concepts for high purity bio-based chemicals

    Dr Dirk Verdoes | CTO of SoliQz B.V.

    The fermentation of renewable feedstocks, like sugar, agro-residues, wood and mixed organic waste to valuable chemicals mostly results in a dilute, impure aqueous solution. Applications in bio plastics and fuels of these compounds require purities as high as 99.9+ wt.%. Crystallization is a promising technology for the separation and ultra-purification of bio-based chemicals due to its excellent selectivity and low energy consumption. Guidelines for the use of crystallisation techniques will be presented as well as novel concepts for cost- and energy-efficient recovery and purification of bio-based chemicals. In addition, advanced solid-liquid separation in a Hydraulic Wash Column enables the exploitation of the intrinsically high purity of the crystals.

  17. Chair's closing remarks

  18. Networking Drinks at the Glasgow Science Centre - Sponsored by Team Scotland led by SDI

    Experience the “skirl” of the Scottish bagpipes which will lead you on the short walk to the fantastic Glasgow Science Centre. Hosted by Team Scotland, you will enjoy an evening of informal networking over drinks whilst enjoying the surroundings and many of the exhibitions.