<div style="display:inline;"> <img height="1" width="1" style="border-style:none;" alt="" src="//www.googleadservices.com/pagead/conversion/1006757986/?label=4iaCCJH-u2gQ4tCH4AM&amp;guid=ON&amp;script=0">
CALL US +44 (0)207 045 0900

THE AGENDA

  DAY 1
 

C-Suite Fireside Chats: The position of bio-based in the economy

We talk exclusively with C-level leaders on how to put bio-based more central to sustainable agendas and product adoption. This session will cover issues from cost, performance and branding to finding partners, creating added value and accelerating adoption. These interviews give you unique access to thought leaders in an intimate setting.

  • The value of bio-based for the American economy: better products, lower prices, more jobs
  • What regulatory drivers are needed to support the bio-based sector?
  • Effective bio-based business models for success

Moderator: Murray McLaughlin, Advisor on Bioeconomy

9.00 am Interview 1: Tom Beardslee, VP R&D, Verdezyne
9.15 am

Renewables portfolio update from Braskem

Jose Augusto Viveiro, Renewable Chemicals LATAM, Asia & Oceania, Braskem

9.30 am

Winning performance to deliver sustainability.

  • Todd Cline, Section Head, Procter & Gamble
  • Kristen Barkimer, Brand Manager, Procter & Gamble
9.45 am

Ask the Leaders: Your chance to interact with our C-level panel and pose your questions direct to them.

  • Tom Beardslee, VP R&D, Verdezyne
  • Todd Cline, Section Head, Procter & Gamble
  • Kristen Barkimer, Brand Manager, Procter & Gamble
  • Mark Brodziski, Deputy Administrator, Energy Programs, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, US Department of Agriculture
  • David Babson, Technology Manager, Bio-energy Technologies Office, US Department of Energy
  • Jose Augusto Viveiro, Renewable Chemicals LATAM, Asia & Oceania, Braskem
10.15 am NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
  PROCESS INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY-2.png SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS.png
 

PART 1: THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF THE BIO ECONOMY

Bio-based feedstock is the basis on which the bio-economy is built. Availability and price volatility remain key factors in determining economic success. To create a truly circular-economy, it is essential to get more from agricultural and industrial waste.

  • How can we be smarter about securing the feedstock and ingredients essential for growth.
  • What is the right funding and regulatory environment for bio-based industry
  • How can we protect the sector from economic and political changes?
  • What regulatory incentives need to be in place to encourage the circular economy?
Moderator: Murray McLaughlin, Advisor on Bioeconomy

PART 1: MAKING SUSTAINABILITY A COMMERCIAL REALITY

Yes, consumers are becoming more aware of sustainability. But this doesn’t necessarily translate to a business case.  How do brands gear their business models to take advantage of these opportunities, and how can sustainability confer a commercial advantage beyond just a green principle?

  • What does a truly sustainable business model look like?
  • What are the business drivers of adopting bio-based alternatives?
  • How can sustainability reduce costs and increase profits?
  • Is there such a thing as the Green Premium?
  • Selling sustainability internally…easier said than done.

Moderator: Corinne Young, CEO, Re:Chem

11.00 am 

Getting the most out of America’s bio-mass and carbon resources.

Mark Brodziski, Deputy Administrator, Energy Programs, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, US Department of Agriculture 

Championing sustainability internally.

Reyna Bryan, Director of Strategy, Elk Packaging 
11.15 am 

Safeguarding feedstock resources for the success of bio-based industries.

Don McCabe, President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture 

Getting ROI from sustainable products.

Daphna Nissenbaum, Co-Founder and CEO, TIPA Corp 
11.30 am 

Process innovation to reduce waste and get more from bio-mass.

Arunas Chesonis, Chief Executive Officer, Sweetwater Energy, Inc

 Topic TBC

Holli Alexander, Strategic Initiatives Manager, Global Sustainability, Eastman

11.45 am

Can making products with bio-based materials help reverse global warming at a profit?

Mikhail Davis, Director of Restorative Enterprise, Interface

Making a sustainable business model commercially successful.

William Horner, CEO & Founder, Totally Green Bottles and Caps

12.00 pm

Panel: Raw materials for chemicals: ensuring sustainable supply and efficient use of resources.

  • Mark Brodziski, Deputy Administrator, Energy Programs, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, US Department of Agriculture
  • Mikhail Davis, Director of Restorative Enterprise, Interface
  • Don McCabe, President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture
  • Arunas Chesonis, Chief Executive Officer, Sweetwater Energy, Inc

Panel: Incorporating sustainablity into the business model.

  • Reyna Bryan, Director of Strategy, Elk Packaging
  • Daphna Nissenbaum, Co-Founder and CEO, TIPA Corp
  • William Horner, CEO & Founder, Totally Green Bottles and Caps
  • Holli Alexander, Strategic Initiatives Manager, Global Sustainability, Eastman
12.30 pm NETWORKING LUNCH
 

PART 2: PROCESS EFFICIENCY AND INNOVATION

For any company producing bio-based materials and products, process efficiency is immensely important. Getting this right is the key to being cost competitive and building a solid platform for growth. This session will look at new and evolving technologies make the production process cheaper and reach commercial scalability.

  • Can bio-based producers reduce costs and also increase margins?
  • What’s the role for automation in delivering efficiencies?
  • Repurposing existing technologies and facilites for new technolgies.
  • Enzymes and catalysts to speed up processes.

Moderator: Adam Malofsky, Managing Director & Partner, Elemence

PART 2: COMMERCIALIZING BIO-BASED SOLUTIONS

Bio-based products can offer some truly innovative properties and solutions, yet to be major success they need to fulfill a commerical need.  Producers need to emphasise where additional value can be found, either in cheaper products or in new or better performance qualities.

  • How to clearly state the advantages of bio-based materials.
  • What problems do end users need solving?
  • How can bio-based alternatives deliver better performance than oil-based chemicals?
  • What are the existing and alternative funding sources for innovative bio-based products?

Moderator: Corinne Young, CEO, Re:Chem

1.45 pm

Producing cost-advantaged building blocks and polymers for cheaper production.

Thomas Boussie, Co-Founder and VP Corporate Development, Rennovia 

Finding the right bio-based and sustainable ingredients to meet consumer needs.

Kaj Johnson, Senior Director and Green Chef, Method 
2.00 pm

Introducing efficiencies and cost savings to compete on price and performance.

Darcy Prather, Chief Executive Officer, Kalion Inc

Pushing the performance boundaries of paper products: taking paper to new application areas.

Tuomas Mustonen, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Paptic 
2.15 pm

Delivering quality, cost-competitive bio-based chemicals at scale.

Virginia Klausmeier, Chief Executive Officer, Sylvatex 

Designing with sustainability in mind: the intersection of science, technology, and design.

Danielle Trofe, Founder, Danielle Trofe Design 
2.30 pm

Specialty chemicals from the Elevance Olefin Metathesis Biorefinery.

Steven Cohen, Director, Catalyst and Chemicals Technology, Elevance

Case study: Working together to create a bio-based toys for kids of all ages.

  • Mark Remmert, Chief Executive Officer, Green Dot Bioplastics
  • Chris Clemmer, Co-Founder, BeginAgain Toys 
2.45 pm

Panel: Encouraging better ways of working to develop new solutions.

  • Steven Cohen, Director, Catalyst and Chemicals Technology, Elevance
  • Virginia Klausmeier, Chief Executive Officer, Sylvatex
  • Thomas Boussie, Co-Founder and VP Corporate Development, Rennovia
  • Darcy Prather, Chief Executive Officer, Kalion Inc 

Panel: Launching a bio-based product line.

  • Kaj Johnson, Senior Director and Green Chef, Method
  • Tuomas Mustonen, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Paptic
  • Mark Remmert, Chief Executive Officer, Green Dot Bioplastics
  • Danielle Trofe, Founder, Danielle Trofe Design
  • Chris Clemmer, Co-Founder, BeginAgain Toys
3.15 pm NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
4.00 pm

Market Sector Roundtables

The roundtable sessions promote niche and open discussion amongst delegates.  Each tables in the conference room will have a separate market sector focus. Delegates sit with the sector they wish to discuss.  Each table leader will lead 60 minutes of discussion on this topic with fellow members, providing a perfect networking and learning opportunity.

TABLE 1

Bio-mass supply chain.

Larry Sullivan, Adjunct Professor, Military College of South Carolina
TABLE 2

Achieving a successful exit.

Adam Malofsky, Managing Director & Partner, Elemence

TABLE 3

Challenges for commercialization.

Gurminder Minhas, Managing Director, Performance Biofilaments

 

5.00 pm 

Roundtable Feedback

Each table leader will feedback to the whole group on their key conclusions from the session.
5.15 pm

Bio-Based World News Awards

Bio-Based World News is your essential guide to the latest news and business developments in the rapidly growing bio-based industry.  The news portal features dedicated daily content, features, exclusive interviews and a Quarterly magazine all produced by our in house editorial team. The awards honour key innovations making breakthroughs and transforming our industry.

Award Catergories:

  1. Sustainable Product of the Year
  2. Bio-Based Innovation of the Year
  3. Individual Innovator of the Year
5.30 pm NETWORKING DRINKS RECEPTION
 

 

  DAY 2
9.30 am

Sustainable Brands & Retailers Panel

Demand for brands to create a sustainable purpose alongside continued profitability concerns is growing, so how can brands and retailers contribute to the circular economy? How are retailers approaching sustainability and advanced materials to enahnce the triple bottom line (financial, social and environmental) and use sustainability led innovation to drive increased profitability. This panel gives some insight into the thoughts of leading US brands and retailers.

  • Sustainable initiatives: How to communicate them.
  • The triple bottom line: financial, social and environmental.
  • Creating value with sustainability.

Moderator: Corinne Young, CEO, Re:Chem

  • Brandon M. Kobilka, Staff Scientist/Engineer Systems and Technology Group, IBM
  • Tom Chappell, CEO & Founder, Ramblers Way
  • Kaj Johnson, Senior Director and Green Chef, Method
  • Tuomas Mustonen, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Paptic
  • Mark Geerts, Chief Executive Officer, Paperfoam
10.30 am NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
  PROCESS INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY-2.png SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS.png
 

PART 3: INVESTMENT AND PARTNERSHIP

To take solutions from concept to product, finding the right partners and investors is key.  To stimulate large scale growth, investment is required. In the bio-economy this can stem from a number of sources including; venture capital, private investors, family funds, crowd sourcing and local, national and intgernational grants.

  • How should you choose the right partners for your needs?
  • How can we make global partnerships work?
  • What makes an attractive proposition for investment?
  • Alternative finance. Where else can you go?

Moderator: Cynthia Phillips, Founder and CEO, The Disruptive Factory

PART 3: MARKETING AND DEMAND FOR BIO-BASED PRODUCTS

A sustainable product will only reach commerical success with the right messaging in a recepive market. If your bio-based products are more expensive there needs to be a reason for the price tag beyond “the green factor”, for consumers to choose your product.

  • What does bio-based really mean? And does the consumer really know or care?
  • Success and horror stories in communicating bio-based to consumers.
  • Maximising social media and digital channels for marketing and branding.
  • What are the barriers to the adoption of bio-based products? And how have market leaders overcome them.

Moderator: Jen Boynton, Editor in Chief, Triple Pundit

11.00 am

How can chemical producers meet criteria for investment and R&D partnerships?

David Babson, Technology Manager, Bio-energy Technologies Office, US Department of Energy

Educating the consumer on the advantages of bio-based.

Skip Laubach, President & COO, Vertec Bio-Solvent 

11.15 am

Finding the right partners and investors to fill skills and funding gaps.

Jo Anne Shatkin, President, Vireo Advisors 

Persuading customers to exchange traditional chemicals for more sustainable alternatives.

Jeff MacDonald, Chief Executive Officer, Ecosynthetix 

11.30 am

Partnering for competitive advantage.

Jeff Brown, Founder and CEO, Novvi 

Knowing your customer: who buys bio-based goods?

Tom Chappell, CEO & Founder, Ramblers Way 

11.45 am

The 22nd Century by Design- Building the Pathway for a Prosperous Circular Economy.

Cynthia Phillips, Founder and CEO, The Disruptive Factory

Case study: IBM’s successes and failures of incorporating renewable/bio/recycled content into our product set.

Brandon M. Kobilka, Staff Scientist/Engineer Systems and Technology Group, IBM

12.00 pm

Panel: Working together to bring products to commerical scale.

  • Jo Anne Shatkin, President, Vireo Advisors
  • Jeff Brown, Founder and CEO, Novvi
  • David Babson, Technology Manager, Bio-energy Technologies Office, US Department of Energy

Panel: Getting the branding and message right.

  • Brandon M. Kobilka, Staff Scientist/Engineer Systems and Technology Group, IBM
  • Skip Laubach, President & COO, Vertec Bio-Solvents
  • Jeff MacDonald, Chief Executive Officer, Ecosynthetix
  • Tom Chappell, CEO & Founder, Ramblers Way 
12.30 pm NETWORKING LUNCH
 

PART 4: SCALE UP AND COMMERCIALIZATION

Building the right business platform to take the business to the next level is one of the hardest challenges we face. Commercial skills are needed to blend with the scientific expertise, while scale-up presents new and unforeseen challenges.

  • Testing, R&D, and proof of concept: the unique challenges of bringing bio-based chemicals to scale
  • Are there ways of shortening the scale-up process?
  • What skills are needed to take a product from land to brand?

Moderator: Cynthia Phillips, Founder and CEO, The Disruptive Factory

PART 4: FINDING NEW MARKETS FOR BIO-BASED PRODUCTS

From apparel to nutrition, there are few industries that don’t have opportunties  for introducing sustainable alternatives. This session will look at where bio-based solutions can deliver new applications and generate new revenue streams fo brands and suppliers.

  • What are the key global challenges that bio-based technology could solve?
  • Identifying the next hot trends and new commericial applications.
  • Entering a difficult and unreceptive industry.
  • Creating new markets: Gaining acceptance and changing perceptions.
  • Beyond North America – where next for your products?

Moderator: Jen Boynton, Editor in Chief, Triple Pundit

1.30 pm

Taking it to the next level: Demonstrating viability before scale-up.

David Smernoff, Co-Founder, CTO, HelioBioSys

Identifying markets for expansion of bio-based products.

Mark Geerts, Chief Executive Officer, Paperfoam

1.45 pm

The commercialization of close-loop PHAs.

Molly Morse, Chief Executive Officer, Mango Materials 

Targeted R&D to fill customer niches and satisfy customer needs.

Catherine Pujol-Baxley, Vice President of Research and Development, KnipBio

2.00 pm

Novel soy based (soy-pk) thermoset coatings for industrial and specialty applications.

Bhima Vijayendran, Managing Partner, Redwood Innovation Partners 

Case study: Bringing NatSurFact to commercial fruition

Daniel Derr, BioChemical Products Group Business Area Lead & Senior Chemist, Logos Technologies

2.15 pm

Panel: The importance of government support for commericial success.

  • Molly Morse, Chief Executive Officer, Mango Materials
  • David Smernoff, Co-Founder, CTO, HelioBioSys
  • Bhima Vijayendran, Managing Partner, Redwood Innovation Partners
  • Daniel Derr, BioChemical Products Group Business Area Lead & Senior Chemist, Logos Technologies
  • Gurminder Minhas, Managing Director, Performance Biofilaments Inc

Panel: What does the future hold for sustainable products? 

  • Mark Geerts, Chief Executive Officer, Paperfoam
  • Mark Brooks, SVP Food Ingredients, Terravia
  • Catherine Pujol-Baxley, Vice President of Research and Development, KnipBio
  • Guillaume Daoulas, Product Manager, Ynsect
 
2.45 pm NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
 

Shark Tank Session

To reach commercial scale, generating investment is key. Capital costs are high and investment is required to reach the end goal.  Aside from partnerships and joint ventures, how can companies aquire the necessary funding?

After receiving an overview of investment criteria, this session invites SMEs to provide an overview of their technology and business model to investors.

  • Successfully attracting investors for new projects.
  • Negotiating terms of investment and communicating effectively.
  • Long-term partnerships to provide the foundation for success.
3.00 pm

Overview: a look at investment criteria.

Roger Wyse, Managing Partner, Spruce Capital Partners LLC

3.15 pm 

SME Pitch

Kelvin Okamoto, Chief Executive Officer, Gen3Bio

3.30 pm 

Panel: Pitch feedback and investment advice:

  • Mark Vreeke, CoFounder, Chemical Angel Network
  • Roger Wyse, Managing Partner, Spruce Capital Partners LLC
  • Mark Riedy, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Larry Sullivan, Adjunct Professor, Military College of South Carolina
  • Cynthia Phillips, Founder & CEO, The Disruptive Factory
3.00 pm  END OF BIO-BASED LIVE AMERICAS