In five top-class sessions, experts from all levels of the value chain will discuss the latest developments and new products that are set to be introduced to the market or have already been successfully launched. In parallel, the exhibition, the Start-up Village and Partnering offer the best opportunity for personal networking.
|6 October 2022 - Pre-Conference|
|16:00||Set-up for exhibitors and Sponsors|
|18:00||Get-together / warm up & startup pitch|
|7 October 2022 – Event day|
|9:00||Session 1 – FOOD
Food systems will have to profoundly change in order to meet global goals of sustainability and keep up with the consumption of a growing world population within planetary boundaries. Production must become more efficient and lower its environmental footprint. At the same time, consumption needs to be less resource intensive and contribute less to climate change. Many solutions from biotechnology have the potential to significantly contribute to these targets. In this expert panel, the newest technologies, their potential for climate action and challenges for unleashing this potential are discussed.
|10:30||Session 2 – CAPITAL
For most biotechnology companies, product development until market entry hinges upon financing through venture capital, private and public equity. However, the business models of industrial biotechnology companies differ from those of the pharmaceutical biotech companies that are prevalent in most investors’ portfolios. So far, very few venture capital firms have dedicated funds for investments in industrial biotechnology companies, making public initiatives such as the European Circular Bioeconomy Fund (ECBF) the major players in that field. In this session, experts will discuss industry specific challenges and how investments can be better adapted to the needs and business models of industrial biotech companies.
|12:00||Session 3 – WASTE
From waste to resource, to recyclable materials to circular economy. Even in Asia, which is suffering from a (plastic) waste crisis, the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has launched a "waste-to-resource initiative". The World Bank estimates that the generation of waste per day in the Asia–Pacific region will more than double, from 1 million tons in 2012 to around 2.5 million tons, by 2025 – per day! The most important thing is to avoid waste. Establishing connected cycles of reuse and recycling is already advancing in Western countries, but a complete sustainable circular economy is still in its infancy. How biotechnological processes and products can close the economic cycle and reduce the waste of resources globally will be discussed and presented in this session.
|14:00||Session 4 – ENERGY
Carbon dioxide-eating microbes are the next Big Thing to happen in the energy sector as they offer the immediate replacement of fossil gas and gasoline, which make up more than 50% of global GHG emissions. Commercial production facilities for drop-in biotech solutions for fossil resources that have carbon-negative footprint such as methane, ethanol, isobutanol or butanol made by microbial fuel cells, gas fermentation from second-gen organic waste, wastewater, industrial combusting gases etc. have been already established by synthetic biology fermentation leaders. This expert panel will present current state-of-the-art, global leaders in decarbonized energy, biofuel and biogas production and their partners, investors, scientific leaders and policy makers.
|15:30||Session 5 – CHEMISTRY
As all other sectors, the chemical industry aims for fossil-free production. But it is also clear that chemicals and materials cannot be decarbonized. The industry has recognized that it takes alternative sources of carbon – such as biomass or carbon dioxide. Biotechnology is part of the solution. This panel highlights novel bioprocesses and technologies that help to transform the chemical industry towards sustainable production and that create new value. Commercialized bio-based chemicals and polymers from fermentation, advanced biorefinery platforms but also emerging fields such as biohydrogen production will be spotlighted in this panel.