Program

Program

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 pitch and partnering offer the best opportunity for personal networking.

Architectural tour
The Kindle Centre for Contemporary Art is monumental building from the end of the 1920s. For architecture lovers we offer (optional) two guided tours:

Thursday, 6 October 2022, 17:00 – 18:00 p.m.
Friday, 7 October 2022, 17:30 – 18:30 p.m.

6 October 2022 - Pre-Conference
16:00Set-up for exhibitors and sponsors
16:30Registration opens
17:00Architectural tour (limited number of participants - pre-registration required)
18:00Get-together / warm up & start-up pitch
20:30End of Get-together
7 October 2022 – Event day
8:00Registration opens
9:00Session 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 and consumption must become more efficient and lower its environmental footprint and impact on the climate. Precision fermentation via biotechnology has the potential to significantly contribute to these targets. In the world´s first interactive panel discussion, founders of biotech-start-ups and climate advocates will present solutions and discuss how to unleash the potential of precision fermentation for system relevant and significant climate action. By using a digital polling tool, the audience will actively decide which thematic focus this improv panel discussion will have.

Speaker
Raffael Wohlgensinger, Formo Bio GmbH
Johannes Kopton, Eco-Progressive-Network
Further speakers will be announced soon

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10:00Session 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.

Speaker
Michael Brandkamp, European Circular Bioeconomy Fund (ECBF)
Florian Kurz, Deutsche Börse AG
Further speakers will be announced soon
11:00Coffee Break
11:30Session 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.

Speaker
Gina Kuippers, BRAIN Biotech AG
Robert Kang, Blue Whale Materials LLC
Andreas Blatter, PX Group SA
Thomas Haas, Evonik Industries AG
Dirk Bogaczyk, Emschergenossenschaft / Lippeverband

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12:30Lunch Break
13:30Company Presentations
14:30Session 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.

Speaker
Thomas Brück, TU München
Further speakers will be announced soon
15:30Coffee Break
16:00Session 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 and advanced biorefinery platforms will be spotlighted in this panel.

Speaker
Lars Krause, nova-Institut für politische und ökologische Innovation GmbH
Tanja Meyer, Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (BBEPP)
Further speakers will be announced soon
17:00Get-together
17:30Architectural tour (limited number of participants - pre-registration required)
18:30End