2023 Agenda - day two

An energetic programme of keynotes, presentations, panel discussions, Q&A’s, interviews and live podcasts from world leading and pioneering bio developers and producers, consumer facing brands, investors and community enablers.


Networking coffee


Opening remarks

Kathryn Sheridan, CEO & Founder, Sustainability Consult


Sourcing for biomass and its agronomics

Transitioning to plant-based… but where should this new biomass come from? Using all these as residual flows, is targeted cultivation required and other challenges? Soon, the farmer will be an industry supplier and food producer. Factors of agronomy to consider to avoid a new race and dependency on countries outside Europe.

Cornelis (Cor) van Oers MBA, Project Manager ‘Biobased Innovations Gardens’, Delphy BV/Rusthoeve


Trillium – A Path to Sustainable Acrylonitrile

Trillium is commercializing a new route to a sustainable chemical intermediate (acrylonitrile). The company has advanced to the next phase – the construction and operation of a market demonstration plant. Here we will discuss our plans to decarbonize aerospace, apparel, automotive, toys, and other markets.

Corey Tyree, Chief Executive Officer, Trillium Renewable Chemicals


Keynote address: ​Impact requires scale...a view from the US

The global bioeconomy has enormous economic and decarbonisation potential. To realise this potential, the industry must overcome historical challenges that have resulted in long and costly timelines from discovery to commercial processes. We need a new paradigm in precision fermentation to help decarbonise the production of everyday chemicals.

Matt Lipscomb, CEO & Founder, DMC Biotechnologies


WFBR binderless technology - converting lignocellulosic side-streams into fully-biobased, high-quality, thermoset materials

The binderless technology uses intrinsic functionalities of lignocellulosic biomass to produce high-quality, thermoset materials using heat and pressure only. Recent research revealed that hemi-cellulose and lignin govern the key in-situ binder formation. A new project will demonstrate that this technology can convert local side-stream into added-value products at full scale.

Jeroen van Bon, Buisness Development Manager, Wageningen University and Research


Keynote address: Turning carbon emissions into running shoes

Clean Cloud is a sustainability initiative that explores carbon emissions as a primary raw material for a shoe’s midsole foam. The CleanCloud™ EVA Foam is a result of a partnership from On with LanzaTech, Borealis and Technip, three of the most innovative companies in biochemicals, process, and plastics innovation.

Nils Altrogge, Head of Technology Innovation, On


Networking coffee


Storytelling for scientists

Finding a balance between making credible claims and dumbing down the science seems harder than ever as public and policymakers are increasingly aware of greenwashing. Bioeconomy communicator Kathryn Sheridan shares her thoughts on how to communicate to make sure more bio-based solutions reach the market before it’s too late.

Kathryn Sheridan, CEO & Founder, Sustainability Consult


ChainCraft - turning chemistry circular

ChainCraft has demonstrated its fermentation technology for the production of circular fatty acids from food waste at small commercial scale. It is now almost ready to increase its impact and upscale to a full scale commercial plant serving the chemicals, home & personal care and animal nutrition markets.

Niels van Stralen, CEO & Co-Founder, ChainCraft


Innovating for a sustainable future - Fibenol's bold vision

Fibenol is on a mission to make a sustainable future a reality. It advocates for a transparent view on sustainability via LCA and unified CO2 calculation tools. It calls for policy makers to take action for the Green Deal to happen. It innovates for a circular bio-based value chain and evaluates environmental impacts.

Katrin Jõgi, Sustainability Manager, Fibenol


Carbon-negative chemicals and materials for the circular economy

The circular economy will require turning wastes into reusable raw materials. C1 molecules will play a key role in this future and Industrial Microbes has invented a new way to convert those feedstocks into valuable carbon-negative products.

Noah Helman, Founder & President, iMicrobes


Regenerative farmed corn - feedstock for 100% bio-based Susterra® 1,3-propanediol

The use of 100% bio-based renewable building blocks is more than ever a strategic choice producers make today to reduce dependency on fossil fuel and to reduce carbon footprint. Bio-based building blocks are challenged by the need of equal to better performance, price competitiveness, availability in large quantities and must be nature friendly. Susterra® 1,3-propandediol is such a building block.

Patrick Van Waes, PDO Global Marketing Director, CovationBio


Panel discussion: Polyester alternatives and the innovation landscape

This panel discussion will cover the broader biosynthetic innovation landscape with a focus on biobased fibre alternatives to polyester. A number of global consumer brands will provide an insight into the challenges and opportunities of the most promising options as well as how innovators and brands can work together to scale and implement them.

Hosted by Charlotte Borst, Innovation Associate – Raw Material Innovation, Fashion For Good


Amanda Parkes, Chief Innovation Officer, Pangaia

Lewis Shuler, Head of Innovation, Alpine Group / Paradise Textiles

Camilla Skjønning Jørgensen, Sustainable Materials & Innovation Manager, Bestseller

Christine Quingley, Product Innovation Manager, PVH


Networking lunch


The Intersection of Wool and Biotechnology

How can biotechnology add value to wool and it’s processing chain? How can wool’s unique physical and chemical make up provide beneficial building blocks or substrate compatibility for biotech advancements? This session will address wool as a valuable ingredient in life products and how its heterogeneity makes it unique, material and process compatibility and conscious design for circularity.

Hosted by Rebecca Kelley, European Product Marketing Manager, Woolmark

Jessica Giannotti, Director, Crùbag

Lucy Hope, Development Director, Virustatic

Miles Gibbons, Director, Onward


Paving the way for the circular bioeconomy of plastics

Plastics have an important role in our life, giving us many advantages in different sectors such as packaging, agriculture, transport or health care. However, the circularity of these materials has some difficulties. We provide solutions for the industry and recent research has shown the possibility to use the bio and fossil based plastics as feedstock for biotechnological processes to obtain high value products.

Dr Pablo Ferrero, Chemical Recycling Department, AIMPLAS


Using renewable raw materials to drive the transition to a low-carbon economy

Using renewable raw materials in a circular bioeconomy logic is essential to drive the transition to a low-carbon economy and to decouple development from resource use. For this reason, Novamont’s challenge has always been to develop biodegradable and compostable bioplastics from renewable sources: from drycrops capable of regenerating marginal soils to waste and by-products.

Stefano Facco, New Business Development Director, Novamont


True circularity with PHA - scaling up options and opportunities

PHA producers and users have come a long way. With more capacity coming online and more technological understanding and capabilities, PHAs are being explored to compete in almost all plastics applications. How will the use of PHA aid corporates in reaching their sustainable ambitions and what is that pathway to success?

Hosted by Rick Passenier, Co-Founder & Executive Board Member, GO!PHA


Srivats Mohan, Global Packaging Capability Manager, Unilever

Yuanbin Bai, Co-founder & VP, Bluepha

Adi Goldman, Founder, Biotic


A view from around the world

We ask a number of international bio influencers for an insight into the health of their markets, trends, the major growth opportunities, barriers to faster bio adoption and how international partners can access their community.

Hosted by Paul MacDonald, Partner & Head of Community, World Bio Markets

Dr Luigi Vandi, Senior Lecturer, The University of Queensland

Mark Laurenzo, Business Development Manager, Iowa Economic Development Authority

Ramjee Subramanian, Business Head, Pakka Impact


Closing remarks

Paul MacDonald, Partner & Head of Community, World Bio Markets


Networking drinks & goodbyes