By The Associated Press - May 18, 2009

WASHINGTON-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 18, 2009-- Biobased chemicals and plastics can further reduce U.S. reliance on petroleum and contribute to the profitability of an advanced biofuels industry. The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced today that more than 22 CEOs of biobased product, biofuel and industrial biotechnology companies will present their companies' technology and business plans at the 2009 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, to be held July 19-22, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO's Industrial and Environmental Section, said, "The growth and development of clean-tech and green product companies offer opportunities for sustainable industrial production, new green jobs, and future economic growth. Executives from companies on the cutting-edge of the industry will meet in July at BIO's World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing to share perspectives on the technology's readiness for commercialization. The World Congress has grown into the premier event for leaders from the biotechnology and bioprocessing industries, academia, and science community."

Sessions include:

Monday, July 20, 2009

Biochemicals from Renewable Feedstocks: 2009 Status and Outlooks 8:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

-- Thomas Schafer, Novozymes

-- Marcel Wubbolts, DSM, NV

-- Todd Werpy, Archer Daniels Midland Company

-- Mark Morgan, Nexant, Inc.

-- Jamey Escaler, UBS Investment Bank

Algae for Fuels and Chemicals 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

-- Steve Gluck, The Dow Chemical Company

-- Atul Saxena, Growdiesel Consortium

-- Ben Cloud, XL Renewables, Inc

-- Dean Tsoupeis, Culturing Solutions, Inc

Biorefinery Case Study: Integration of Bio-Based Processes and Renewable Resources into an Established Fossil-Based Refinery Site 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

-- Uwe Welteroth, Linde-KCA-Dresden GmbH

-- Karin Bronnenmeier, Linde-KCA-Dresden GmbH

-- Markus Wolperdinger, InfraLeuna GmbH

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

360 Degrees of Sustainability: Models, Means, and Methods for a Successful Sustainable Industry 9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

-- Kieth Christman, American Chemistry Council

-- Karin Berry, Guggenheim Partners, LLC

-- Alan Shaw, Codexis, Inc

-- David Sparling, University of Guelph, Office of Research

First Global Network on Bioenergy Science 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

-- Luuk van der Wielen, B-Basic / TU Delft

-- Bradley Moore, Energy Biosciences Institute

-- Andre Faaij, University of Utrecht

-- Yin Li, Chinese Academy of Sciences

-- Patricia Osseweijer, Kluyver Centre for Genomics of Industrial Fermentation

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Bio-Materials and Bio-Chemicals in the Auto Industry: Examples from the Plant Floor 9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

-- Craig Crawford, Ontario BioAuto Council

-- Hamdy Khalil, Woodbridge Foam Corporation

-- Patrick Diebel, Canadian General Tower

Four Biobased Chemical Platforms Worth Watching 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

-- Edna Vassilovski, Fish & Richardson PC

-- Mark Burk, Genomatica, Inc

-- Mike O'Shea, CSIRO

-- Richard LaDuca, Genencor(R) A Danisco Division