Detailed Agenda

ABLCNEXT2017 Detailed Agenda
DAY ONE – October 16, 2017

Optional Pre-Conference Tour

12:30PM – 4:00PM  An Afternoon with the NEXT generation of technologies, and technologists.
Tours of the Joint BioEnergy Institute and The Advanced Biofuels (and Bio-based products) Process Demonstration Unit / Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, including an overview of the Agile Biofoundry program.

Please note! Limited to the first 60 people who sign up. Bus will depart Hotel Nikko at 12:30pm. (www.jbei.organd To sign up for the tour, please contact Bill Lundberg, [email protected], 774-270-0358. 


Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI)

Biomass to Biofuels and Bioproducts
JBEI, 4th floor


-JBEI’s state-of-the art laboratory facility

-Computational and robotic technology

-Facility tour

– Feedstock – non-food fuel crop research and development

-Deconstruction – breakdown of biomass waste into fermentable sugars

-Fuels Synthesis – synthetic biology techniques for biofuels and renewable chemicals production

-Technology – robotics lab and imaging and computational technology for more detailed visualization and analysis
Agile BioFoundry (ABF)

Innovative, open-source, and scalabletechnologies to more rapidly and economically develop bioproducts through better Design-Build-Test-Learn processes
JBEI, 4th floor


-Industrially-relevant production microbes

-Advanced tools for biological engineering and data analysis

-Robust, scaled up processes for integrated biomanufacturing


Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit (ABPDU)
Pilot Scale Processing
ABPDU, 3rd floor


-ABPDU’s 15,000 sq. ft. biomass deconstruction/fermentation facility

-Biochemical/chemical engineering and microbiology expertise

-Scale-up project capabilities to 100L deconstruction, 300L fermentation

-Facility tour

-Deconstruction – Pretreatment and saccharification

– Fermentation – Nutrient, metabolite and product analysis

-Recovery – Centrifugation, extraction, liquid/liquid chromatography, TFF

-Analytical – Microscopy, chromatography, rheometry, calorimetry


Jim Lane, Editor & Publisher, The Digest

The technological, collaborative, M&A, infrastructure, feedstock, geographic, market, financial, and strategic drivers that will drive R&D agendas and new application development  industry next. A 30-minute overview of trends, stats, key players — get your ABLC week started with pointers towards the companies, technologies and trends to watch.


In addition, we do a get-to-know you “go around” where every attendee make self-introductions and highlights their goals for ABLC week – An invaluable ice-breaker


Day Two, October 17, 2017


Welcome and Introduction

Jim Lane, Editor and Publisher, The Digest

8:15AM – 9:50AM

The technological, collaborative, M&A, infrastructure, feedstock, geographic, market, financial, and strategic drivers that will drive R&D agendas and new application development industry next. What’s now, what’s next?



8:15AM Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, LanzaTech
Rules for Revolutionaries

How the Bioeconomy is changing the way we think about food, fuels and products”


8:30AM Roger Wyse, Managing Director, Spruce Capital Partners
Bioeconomy Investing: The Long Road to Green

The bioeconomy is one of the hottest sectors of venture investing, with investments agtech, foodtech and renewables chemicals expected to exceed $8.5 B in 2017. Convergence of technology is the enabler but naïve investor beware as commercialization engages a very conservative agrifood sector.


8:45AM Jonathan Male, Director, Bioenergy Technologies Office, US DOE


9:00AM Harry Baumes, Director, Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, Office of the Chief Economist, USDA

The USDA and the Bioeconomy

9:15AM Jay Keasling, CEO, JBEI
Synthetic Biology for Synthetic Chemistry 

9:30AM Denis Lucquin, Managing Partner, Sofinnova
Sofinnova IB 1 : a VC fund investing in Renewable Chemistry



Eric Bowen, Vice President, Corporate Business Development & Legal Affairs, Renewable Energy Group, Inc.


10:10AM Break and Structured Networking

10:55AM – 12:25PM 

Moderator & Market Overview: Gary Scoggins
, CEO, EnerSysNet Canada

10:55AM Phillip Stratmann, Ph.D., Business Development Director, Velocys
Further Roll-out of Commercial Biorefineries

Velocys is a public company (LON:VLS) focused on developing a series of biorefineries, with its partners, to address the growing, attractive market for renewable jet fuel and diesel, principally in the U.S.. The company provides a cost-effective route from low cost, woody biomass to advanced biofuels and associated carbon credits in convenient locations close to the feedstock source. The projects will utilize Velocys’ commercially proven Fischer-Tropsch (FT) technology as deployed in the Company’s commercial reference plant: ENVIA Energy’s Oklahoma City plant, which is in operation, with the on-site team ramping up production to target operational capacity over the coming months.


11:10AM Martin Mitchell, Business Development Director, Clariant

 sunliquid® — Delivering a Proven Technology Solution for Commercial Cellulosic Ethanol Production

We examine:
– Clariant and Enviral, the largest producer of bioethanol in Slovakia, announced the signature of a license agreement for a commercial scale cellulosic ethanol plant to be integrated into Envirals existing facilities at Leopoldov, Slovakia.

– The commercial plant will use Clariant’s sunliquid technology as well as starter cultures from its proprietary enzyme and yeast platforms to process Enviral feedstock into cellulosic ethanol


11:25AM Rebecca Boudreaux, President, Oberon Fuels

DME: Moving towards Commercialization as the First Carbon-Negative, Compression-Ignition Fuel

As DME moves towards commercialization globally, it is the first carbon-negative, compression-ignition fuel. DME offers the heavy-duty transportation sector, in particular, an opportunity to use renewable fuels while still getting the power required for their demanding operations.


11:40AM Kevin Weiss
, CEO, Byogy
ADVANCED BIOFUELS – A Strategic Endeavor

The Struggling Biofuels Market and why Energy Security Can Lead the Industry To Success


12:10PM Q&A and Discussion


10:55AM – 12:25PM 
Moderator & Overview: Jim Lane, Editor and Publisher, TheDigest



10:55AM Gerard Ostheimer, Bioenergy Lead, Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL)

“below50” – Growing the Global Market for the World’s Most Sustainable fuels.

The global policy environment for low carbon fuels continues to evolve after the Paris Agreement on mitigating climate change. After summarizing the emergence of new actors in this space, I will describe below50, which is an attempt to go beyond the challenging policy debates and recruit consumer-facing companies to engage directly with the producers of low carbon fuels. We believe that corporate buying of renewable fuels can increase demand and subsequently recruit the investment needed for the low carbon fuels and chemicals sectors to succeed.


11:10 AM Tanya Strevens, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Catalyzing Corporate Sourcing of Low Carbon Fuels: below50

  • below50 is a project led by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Its fundamental goal is to grow the demand for below50 fuels i.e. fuels that emit 50% lower emissions than standard fossil fuels
  • In 2017 below50 has been an active presence at high profile policy and industry events worldwide; important partnerships have been forged and regional hubs have been established to improve access to more local markets
  • 2018 will see the development of procurement guidelines and a B2B marketplace by below50 member companies. Come to this session to hear more about our work and how you can get involved. 


11:25 AM Graham Noyes, Low Carbon Fuels Coalition
The California Low Carbon Fuels Standard – Today and Tomorrow

At a time when the federal government is focused on retreat and denial, California has expanded and accelerated its climate change policy framework while simultaneously outpacing other states in job creation and economic expansion.  This presentation will describe the latest developments in California, with a focus on the Low Carbon Fuel Standard.


11:40 AM Stephan Herrera, EVP, Evolva
Fermentation is the Factory for the Future for Difficult-to-Source Specialty Ingredients
Evolva focuses on complex molecules found in nature that cannot be cost-effectively or sustainably sourced for mass-market products except through biotechnology and fermentation. This presentation provides a primer on our commercial focus and its value proposition for customers, partners and the planet.


11:55AM Q&A and Discussion


12:25PM – 1:30PM Luncheon


1:30PM – 3:00PM – TRACK A 
 – RENEWABLE CHEMICALS SUMMIT – Scaling Renewable Technologies.  An Ear to the Past.  An Eye to the Future
Moderator & Market Overview: James Iademarco, President, Strategic Avalanche, LLC



1:30PM Mark Warner, Founder, Warner Advisors, LLC
Lessons Learned Presenting Biotechnology Scale-Up During Fundraising 

Having spent the last 11 years focused on advanced biotechnology scale-up, including participation in raising over a billion dollars of funding, I have learned many lessons.  This includes the different ways that scale-up plans can be presented and first-hand experience as to the approaches that yield success.  This presentation will build on my previously published white paper on what makes scale-up of advanced biotechnology is so difficult, to summarize lessons learned on presenting process scale-up plans to potential investors and the on-going communication of technology advancement to existing investors and board members.


1:45PM Jeff Lievense, Senior Advisor to the CEO, Bioengineering & Technology, Genomatica
Vegetable Gardening as a Metaphor for Scaling (Renewable) Technologies

The presenter’s current humbling experience as an aspiring vegetable gardener in San Diego proves yet again that planning for success is not enough. It’s equally important to prepare for trouble – especially in the case of a first-of-its-kind project. What would be the state of his garden today if he had only applied the principles learned in scaling industrial fermentations for chemicals production?


2:00PM Mike Schultz, Ph.D., Managing Director, PTI Global Solutions
Start with the Process Concept

The process concept, or conceptual design phase, is the first step in a successful commercial project life cycle.  For an established technology this phase may be 2-4 months in order to determine economic viability of a project and enable discussions with investors.  For a new technology, this phase should be a key part of the entire R&D and scaleup activity, setting the framework needed to drive towards a commercial process design that is feasible both technically and economically


2:15 PM Jeff Robert, Director – Technology Deployment, Fluid Quip Process Technologies

Changing the Sugar ParadigmA new and proven pathway to lower cost sugars

To meet the bio-sector’s need for reliable, low cost, high quality sugar, FQPT has developed and patented a proprietary Clean Sugar Technology (CST) that uniquely integrates the fundamentals of a corn dry mill and a corn wet mill.  The process, combined with FQPT’s extensive process and separations expertise, consists of several key commercially proven unit operations that have been successfully deployed in the grain processing industries.  This presentation will show how FQPT can deliver an integrated solution at a very low sugar cost while mitigating against market variations.   FPQT currently has a commercial biochemical site capable of processing 23,000 bu/day, and is now designing larger systems for the considerable biochemical market to come.


2:30 PM Pete Rocha, REG Life Sciences

2:45PM Q&A and Discussion


Moderator & Market Overview:
Will Thurmond, Chief Executive Officer, Emerging Markets Online

1:30PM Tim Cesarek, SVP, Enerkem


1:45 PM Cem Ozsuer, President and Brian Appel, Vice President,
SYNPET Technologies

MSW and MSS Efficient Combined Solution to Waste Management and Renewable Energy Production using Thermal Conversion Process

SYNPET’s developed the Thermal Conversion Process (TCP™) a proven technology based on many years of operating a first phase commercial plant in Istanbul, Turkey. TCP™ is the next generation way in dealing with municipal and industrial solid waste and sludges with proven advantages over old ways of incinerating or burning.

TCP™ handles wet waste with high conversion efficiency and produces storable energy products that are available for use when needed with low emissions and low carbon footprint.


2:05 PM Dr. John R. Benemann, CEO, Microbio Engineering, Inc.
Beneficial Utilization of CO2 using Microalgae – Promises and Prospects.

Utilization of CO2 from power plant flue gases with microalgae to produce biofuels, animal feeds and other commodities has been a major focus of R&D for the past decade. However, the technological breakthroughs required to scale-up such processes have not materialized, with many projects failing or scaling-back to high value, low volume products. CO2 utilization in combination with wastewater treatment and biofuels production as a nearer-term prospect.


2:20PM Dr. Alan Del Paggio, Vice President, CRI Catalyst Company
Demonstration of IH2(R) Technology
IH2(R) technology was invented by Gas Technology Institute (GTI) in 2009 and further developed in cooperation with CRI Catalyst Company. Provided in this talk will be: 1) a brief introduction to the technology; 2) the approaches taken to scale up the technology; 3) the hydrocarbon product quality; 4) status of our demonstration scale facility in Bangalore.

2:40PM Q&A and Discussion

Break and Structured Networking


3:30PM – 4:50PM TRACK A 
Moderator & Market Overview: Paul Bryan
, Industry Consultant



3:30PM Charles E. Wyman, CEO, Vertimass
Product Diversification through Simplified Ethanol Conversion into Jet, Diesel, and Gasoline Fuel Blend Stocks and High Value Chemicals
Game changing Vertimass technology offers ethanol producers market flexibility, a lower carbon footprint, and enhanced profitability through virtually complete ethanol conversion into fungible jet fuel, diesel fuel, or gasoline blend stocks and the versatility to swing to higher value BTX (benzene, toluene, and xylene) chemical coproducts. This simple catalytic operation can be inexpensively bolted onto existing or new ethanol plants to take advantage of market conditions, while bypassing the need for dehydration and possibly rectification could reduce overall plant energy demands. Valuable leverage by a DOE BioEnergy Technology Office (BETO) award has accelerated progress with TechnipFMC Corporation, catalyst scale-up experts, to now begin final pilot plant operations that support starting design and construction of commercial bolt-ons within one year.


3:45PM Pat Gruber, CEO, Gevo
Making Low Carbon Fuels Real—the Gevo Way

This presentation will discuss what Gevo is doing to make renewable low-carbon fuels real and economical, as well as how to think about them and their benefit.


4:00PM Gary Scoggins, CEO, EnerSysNet Canada

Forest Hydrocarbons, A North American Opportunity

Using transportable systems to convert forest residuals into drop-in hydrocarbons in the field presents a distributed production architecture that adds jobs broadly across the timber industry.  This approach has no biomass transportation costs, low capital intensity and valorizes previously non-merchantable wood.


4:15PM Bin Yang, Professor, Bioproducts, Sciences and Engineering Laboratory, 

Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Washington State University 

Jet Fuel Production from Biorefinery Waste Lignin

A patented catalytic process to produce lignin-substructure-based hydrocarbons (C7-C18), primarily C12-C18 cyclic structure hydrocarbons in the jet fuel range, from lignin is demonstrated with 40% overall carbon yield. Notably, most of the hydrocarbon classes inherent to coal-based jet fuel can be directly generated from this hydrodeoxygenation (HDO) lignin process. The technical and economic analysis shows that a corn stover ethanol plant with annual capacity of 57.2 million gallons of ethanol would be able to potentially produce an additional 16 million gallons of lignin-based fuel. The minimum ethanol selling price (MESP) is decreased when the ratio of lignin being upgrading to hydrocarbons increases from 23.6% to 76.1%. Scaling up this process and putting it into production alongside with current corn stover ethanol biorefinery facilities will significantly improve utilization of all major components of biomass as well as the economics of biofuels and chemicals production.


4:30PM Joshua Shaidle, NREL, ChemCatBio Consortium
The Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium: Enabling Production of Biofuels and Bioproducts through Catalysis

The Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium (ChemCatBio) is a national lab led research and development consortium dedicated to identifying and overcoming catalysis challenges for biomass conversion processes. Through partnering with industry, we seek to accelerate the catalyst-process development cycle. The consortium encompasses an integrated and collaborative portfolio of catalytic and enabling technologies, which positions ChemCatBio to address both technology-specific and overarching catalysis challenges over the entire development cycle. The core catalysis projects target technological advancements for specific conversion processes, such as catalytic upgrading of biochemical process intermediates, catalytic fast pyrolysis, and indirect liquefaction, while the enabling technologies provide access to world-class capabilities and expertise in computational modeling, materials synthesis, advanced in situ and in operando catalyst characterization, and catalyst design tools. This presentation will provide an overview of the consortium, highlight recent advancements in biofuels production enabled by ChemCatBio, and discuss opportunities for engaging with the consortium.


4:45PM Q&A and Discussion


3:00PM – 4:50PM TRACK B 

Moderator and Market Overview, David Dodds, President, Dodds & Associates 


3:00PM Enabling the Bio-Economy While Increasing Global Food Security
Alan Shaw
, Ph.D., President & CEO, Calysta

The world faces two coming crises – feeding nearly 10 billion people by 2050 while protecting the environment.  New sources of sustainable protein are essential solutions.  Hear about the development of Calysta’s FeedKind® protein, a natural, sustainable feed ingredient for livestock, fish and pets.  Producing FeedKind uses 77-98% less water and >99% less land than soy or wheat proteins, and it has been proven to be a complete fishmeal replacement for major farmed seafood species including salmon, trout and shrimp.  A commercial scale plant, in partnership with Cargill, is expected to come online in Memphis in 2019.
3:15PM Tim Zenk, Vice President Business Development New Markets and Technology, Phytelligence, Inc.


3:30PM Martin Sabarsky, CEO, Cellana, Inc.
Single-Cell Protein/Nutrition from Algae:  The Past, Present, and Future of Advanced Nutrition

Cellana has successfully developed and demonstrated a line of algae-based products that are high in EPA Omega-3s, protein, and pigments for high-value and sustainable nutrition applications.  Some of these very same algae strains, and/or their components, can also be used for renewable fuel, chemical, and ink applications, including the Algae Ink line of renewable inks recently launched by Living Ink Technologies.


3:45PM Jack Oswald, Co-founder and CEO, ISOThrive
The Future of Personalized Medicine Through microFood Intervention

The microbiome is a critical component of good health. Beneficial gut bacteria reside throughout the GI tract. They perform essential functions the body requires, and act like an organ, just as important as the liver or heart. These bacteria must be fed microFood (aka. prebiotics) in order to function. Different bacteria prefer different types of microFood. Recent research has shown that response to a given microFood is dependent on the baseline microbiota and the genes expressed therein. This information can be elucidated and used to develop microFood blends that suit the individual needs of the patient, e.g. personalized prebiotics.


4:00PM Bryan Tracy, CEO, White Dog Labs
Production of High-Value Single-Cell-Protein Through Low Cost Conversion of Ethanol Co-Products
Ethanol distillers solubles are an undervalued co-product stream that is rich in protein, free amino nitrogen and fermentable carbohydrates. In order to maximize its value, White Dog Labs is adapting its proprietary MixoFerm™ technology to convert glycerol, complex starches and available nitrogen to a Single-Cell-Protein (SCP). Our SCP, called ProTyton™, exhibits a high crude protein content and desirable amino acid profile rendering it an attractive ingredient for animal feeds. Additionally, the production process is accomplished via low capital, low operating cost, non-sterile, anaerobic fermentation that can co-locate at commercial ethanol plants with minimal impact on the ethanol plant operations. We are commercially advancing ProTyton™ for several immediate aquaculture applications, while also exploring emerging trends in alternative protein ingredients for direct human consumption.  
4:15PM Q&A and Discussion



Moderator & Market Overview: David Dodds, President, Dodds & Associates 



4:50PM Eric McAffee, Chairman and CEO, Aemetis

5:05PM Madhu Khanna, ACES Distinguished Professor in Environmental Economics, Associate Director, Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
The Hidden Costs of Regulating Indirect Land Use Change Due to Biofuels

Are the costs of regulating carbon emissions from indirect land use change caused by biofuels worth it? The carbon saving by using biofuels, particularly from food crops like corn, to displace gasoline has been controversial because of the potential for a carbon debt due to indirect land use change caused by biofuels. To penalize the indirect land use change related carbon emissions, the EPA and California Air Resources Board include an indirect land use change factor when considering the carbon savings with biofuels for their compliance with the federal Renewable Fuel Standard or California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard. We examine the economic costs and benefits of using this approach at a national level. How much greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced as a result? At what cost? And, who bears those costs? We find that the cost of damages from climate change due to these indirect emissions are smaller than the economic costs of reducing these emissions using an indirect land use change factor for biofuels and that the bulk of these costs will be borne by fuel consumers and fuel producers.


5:20PM Blake A. Simmons, PhD, Chief Science and Technology Officer, Vice-President, Deconstruction Division, Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI)


5:35PM Andrew Hertig, MBA, CLP, CBO, Ecovia Renewables
Ecovia Renewables: Stories from a Lean Startup in Renewable Chemicals

This talk will offer a business perspective on how we overcame challenges as an early-stage biotechnology start-up. As with many companies, we had difficulty building our visibility, obtaining and allocating resources, and receiving interest from strategic partners. Our journey started from proof-of-concept work completed at the University of Michigan’s Dept. of Chemical Engineering where inventors Dr. Jeremy Minty and Dr. Nina Lin engineered synthetic microbial communities to produce isobutanol from lignocellulosic biomass. Despite technical success, the economics were not favorable for commercialization and we had to pivot–not once–but several times. How did we convince ourselves and rest of the team to change direction? I will also talk about the tough decisions we had to make for our business to move forward, including how we managed limited resources to eventually produce prototypes for customers.


5:50PM Deepak Dugar, CEO, Visolis

Bio-Based Production of Monomers for High Performance Polymers

Visolis is developing bio-based processes for production of carbon-negative, high-performance polymers to replace petroleum based processes with total addressable markets over $10 billion. The shift in the production of ethylene from naphtha to natural gas liquids (which does not produce C4-C6 by-products) has led to supply shocks and rising C4-C6 chemicals prices. Furthermore, these processes remain extremely energy intensive and reliant on fossil sources. Our process enables cost competitive production of bio-based elastomers, polyols, polyester resins, super adsorbent polymers, and other products using a variety of feedstocks like agri-residues, dextrose, glycerol and syn-gas. The high-yield process is a platform technology based on engineered microbes coupled with efficient processing. Furthermore, flexibility in the production process allows for rapid changes in the product mix in response to volatile market conditions reducing commercial risk much like a modern petroleum refinery. The Visolis process would reduce the production cost of various products by 20-40% relative to the petroleum-based equivalent, while reducing process greenhouse gas emissions by 70%. As a bio-based process, our technology uses the photosynthetic capability of plants to fix CO2 into structural materials that can sequester carbon for decades. Resin applications alone represent a carbon sink potential of over 200 million tons CO2e, equivalent to planting 2 billion trees.



6:05PM Q&A and Discussion



What are the lowest-cost, most-efficient platforms under development — fermentation and thermocatalytic — for the deployment of sustainable advanced foods, cosmetics, health & beauty products, fragrances, lubricants, solvents, cleansers, flavorings, packaging, recycled paper products, fabrics, and fibers? In this session, advanced technologists will describe not only their solutions, but their strategies for bringing capital-light projects forward, and leveraging R&D funding through collaboration. Drop-ins, novel chemicals and materials, and platform intermediates will come under the scope.


Moderator & Market Overview: Joel Stone, ConVergInce Advisors

5:00PM Tom Boussie, EVP, Rennovia

Catalytic Process Technologies for Bio-Based Chemicals Production

Rennovia has developed advanced catalytic process technologies for high-yield production of chemical products from carbohydrate feedstocks.  They are currently pursuing initial commercialization of specialty chemicals 1,6-hexanediol and glucaric acid while advancing technology for production of commodity nylon monomers hexamethylenediamine and adipic acid.


5:15PM Virginia Klausmeier, CEO, Sylvatex, Inc.


5:30PM Dr. José M. Laplaza, Vice President of Development, Verdezyne
Verdezyne: From Biofuels to High Value Chemicals
In this presentation, we will describe the journey of Verdezyne from a provider of technology to the biofuel industry to our newest platform for food and feed ingredients.”


5:45PM Frederyk Ngantung, Director, Business Development, Elevance Renewable Science
Elevance produces high-performance, cost-advantaged and bio-based chemicals from metathesized natural oils. The processes use a highly efficient, selective catalyst to break down natural oils such as soybean or palm oil and recombine fragments. The resulting products are high-value, difunctional chemicals with superior functional attributes previously unavailable commercially. These chemicals can be used as ingredients and building blocks for detergents, personal care, oil field and agriculture chemicals. In this talk, we will be discussing recent developments from Elevance.


6:00PM Q&A and Discussion


6:15PM – 7:45PM


Day Three, October 18, 2017


8:00AM ABLCNEXT Opening Address:
The Honorable Paul LePage,
Governor of Maine

Moderator and Remarks: Jim Lane,
Editor and Publisher, The Digest


8:15AM Sandy Marshall, CEO, BioIndustrial Canada
Evolution of the Sarnia Bio-Hybrid Chemistry Cluster

Sarnia-Lambton has been emerging as a hybrid chemistry cluster since BioAmber selected the region for its first commercial bio-based succinic acid production facility.  Subsequently, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) conducted a series of techno-economic studies to determine the feasibility of an agricultural biomass to sugar value chain which lead to the announcement that Comet Biorefining Inc was partnering with a farming cooperative to produce high purity 2G dextrose.  BIC and its partners continue to support the region through their collaborative activities and innovation support.  Sandy will provide an update on its priorities and the key activities that are supporting the emergence of bio-hybrid chemistry clusters in Canada.


8:30AM Todd Hubbell, Technology Branch Chief, Energy Programs, USDA Rural Business Cooperative Service


8:45AM Atul Thakrar, President, DSM BioBased
PROJECT LIBERTY: Progress and Lessons Learned in Commercializing Cellulosic Biofuels

Atul Thakrar, President DSM Bio-based Products & Services, will share an update on the steady progress at Project LIBERTY, the joint venture between POET, one of the U.S.’s largest biofuel producers, and DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials.


9:00AM Vonnie Estes, 2017 Rosa Franklin Award Awardee
What is Shaping AgTech


9:15AM ABLCNext Finance Address:
Babette Pettersen
, Chief Business Development Officer, Capricorn Venture Partners


9:30AM Shawn Severson, CEO, BioEconomy Investor



Insurance and Other Funding Mechanisms as Risk Mitigation Tools for Bioeconomy Equity and Debt Financing

This panel of VC, Private Equity, and Strategic Equity Experts, along with Feedstock and Insurance Principals, will discuss, in a Q&A format led by Funding Industry Experts, the best available bioeconomy funding mechanisms to mitigate the risks and successfully close funding at each of the project and parent company levels in the current difficult financing times with many of the traditional grant, loan and loan guarantee programs under attack by the Trump Administration.



John Kirkwood, Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels

Jon Cozens, Chief Commercial Officer, New Energy Risk

Mark Riedy, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP



Kristian Hanelt, Managing Director, Ultra Capital
Jordan Solomon, President and Managing Director, Ecostrat

Brian Baynes, CEO, MODO Global Holdings

Asheesh Choudhary, Commercial Development Director, Starch and Sweetners, North America, Cargill


11:00AM – 11:40AM Break and Structured Networking


No sacrifice of flavor or feel. Low-calorie, low-fat, low-carb — or foods that transformatively go beyond the entire animal-based system for producing milk and meats. In this session, revolutionary new technologies for vegan foods, enhanced production, healthy fats, and sweeteners that go beyond the performance limitations of today and much more. And also, what about animal nutrition? Can the advanced biotechnology bring forward superior products for animal health and growth rate — and what, when, and how?


Moderator & Market Overview: Gary Scoggins, CEO, EnerSysNet Canada



11:40AM Steve Hartig, Vice President, Technology Development

ICM Incorporated
Unique Yeast Feed Products from Biofuel Production

ICM has developed new processes for the separation and post treatment of specialty high protein feed products from the ethanol production process that have been shown in feed trials to have high value in aquaculture, poultry and other animal diets. This talk will review the new processes, results of feed trials and our vision for the future of adding value to the biofuels industry.


11:55AM Larry Feinberg, CEO, KnipBio

Single Cell Protein for Aquafeeds – Feeding the Food That Feeds Us

·       In the next 30 years, we will need to produce more food than has ever been consumed for all time as the world’s population continues to grow dramatically.

  • Aquaculture, raising fish and shrimp on farms, is the best/most efficient source of animal protein for people.
  • The current reliance on marine/raw ingredients is one of the biggest bottlenecks holding back this industry.
  • KnipBio aims to break this cycle by using a dedicated fermentation process as an alternative protein to fishmeal.

12:10PM Dr. Tara McHugh, Research Leader, Healthy Processed Foods Research Unit USDA, Agricultural Research Service
Innovative Food Processing for Improved Health, Safety, Quality and Sustainability of Food

The presentation will describe processing innovations developed at the USDA, ARS, Healthy Processed Foods Research Unit in Albany, CA.  These innovations have improved the health, safety, quality and sustainability of food.


12:25AM Q&A and Discussion

Moderator & Market Overview: Ron Cascone,
Principal, Energy & Chemicals Advisory, Nexant Inc.



11:40AM Philip T. Pienkos, Ph.D., Principal Group Manager

Bioprocess R&D, National Bioenergy Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Turning Lead into Gold:  Leveraging Decades of Biochemical Conversion Technologies for Upgrading Waste Streams

Since its inception, NREL has established itself as a leader in development of technologies for the conversion of both cellulosic and algal biomass for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals.  Although cellulosic ethanol is nearing commercialization, hydrocarbon-based biofuels have not yet been produced at scale  largely because of economic challenges.  This is especially true for algal biofuels which struggle with high biomass production costs.  This presentation will highlight opportunities to leverage the work carried out in these more-traditional feedstocks using waste streams.  It is believed that the lower costs associated with waste stream feedstocks will accelerate commercialization for the production of both renewable fuels and chemicals.
11:55AM Brian Foody, CEO, Iogen


12:10PM Cellulosic Biocrude – Building Demand & Production Capacity

Robert Graham, Chairman, Ensyn Corporation

  • Commercial demand and deliveries of Ensyn’s cellulosic biocrude for heating markets continues to grow
  • Commercialization of biocrude as a renewable feedstock for refineries is opening vast new markets
  • Production capacity is being ramped up to meet demand, led by a fully-funded US$75 million plant in Quebec


12:25PM Q&A and Discussion


12:40PM – 1:40PM Luncheon



Moderator & Market Overview: Scott Chaplin, Principle, SCMC Consulting SP


1:40PM Derek Greenfield, Co-Founder and CEO, iMicrobes
Methane for Supper
iMicrobes designs and builds new microbes with an appetite for low-cost gases. Feedstocks such as methane and ethane can accelerate biomanufacturing by lowering costs, unlocking large markets, and reducing carbon emissions. iMicrobes has moved enzymes out of methanotrophs and into established commercial microorganisms that already produce biobased products. Our mission is to work with partners to expand the palate of feedstocks available for chemicals, materials, fuels, and agriculture.


1:55PM Joel Cherry, President, R&D, Amyris


2:10PM Fatemeh Shirazi, PhD, CEO, Microvi
Solving the Bottleneck in Biological Gas-to-Liquids Conversions

The ability to use biogas or natural gas to produce renewable chemicals is very limited by cost and large footprint of chemical conversion technologies. Biological technologies offer an attractive alternative by converting methane at ambient pressure and temperature; however, the bioavailability of gases and methane has been a bottleneck to achieving high conversion rates. In this presentation, a novel biocatalytic technology for enhancing the bioavailability of methane and other gases is introduced.


2:25PM 11:55AM Matt Lipscomb, Ph.D., CEO & Co-Founder, DMC Limited
Dynamic Metabolic Control: A New Paradigm for Robust and Scalable Fermentation Processes

Major barriers currently impede the successful commercialization of integrated bio-refineries and large-scale industrial bioprocesses for the production of bio-based chemicals. Despite recent advances in metabolic engineering and synthetic biology, it has proven much more difficult than expected to integrate a well-characterized production pathway into a living host and balance the complex requirements of both growth and production. Another challenge in the field is the routine predictable scale-up from small-scale screening due to the complex responses of microbial systems to environmental variables. Finally, the demonstration of multi-product bio-refineries (analogous to petroleum refineries) has not been achieved due to the custom design specifications for each bio-process that is developed. To overcome many of these challenges, we developed our Dynamic Metabolic Control (DMC) technology to utilize a universal, standardized two-stage bioprocess for any desired product molecule. This approach decouples growth from production and enables the dynamic minimization of metabolism to only those components necessary for product formation. Importantly, the resultant biocatalysts are robust to the production environment and we have demonstrated predictable performance across scale from high-throughput microfermentation to multi-liter scale for numerous products.


2:40PM Q&A and Discussion



Moderator & Market Overview: Will Thurmond, CEO, Emerging Markets Online

1:40PM Ryan Powell, Co-founder and CEO, Manta Biofuels
Manta Biofuel – Renewable Crude Oil


1:55PM Richard Bolin, Manager, Partnership Development Group, National Bioenergy Center, NREL
Private Public Partnerships: A Win All Around

Private Public Partnerships facilitate the development and commercialization of technologies across multiple industries through the leveraging of diverse sources of funding, facilities, and capabilities.


2:10PM Zachary Sun, Co Founder, CEO, Synvitrobio, Inc.
Cell-free Systems for Prototyping and Biodiscovery

Cell-free systems are simplified versions of cells: prototyping environments where the complexity of cellular processes can be boiled down to a reagent. Use cases of cell-free systems as a prototyping platform include enzyme engineering, metabolic engineering, and biodiscovery.


2:25PM Bill Orts, Research Leader, USDA-ARS
Partnering with the USDA to Create Bioproducts that meet Market Needs


2:40PM Q&A and Discussion


3:00PM Break and Structured Networking


3:30PM ABLCNext SynBio Address
John Nicols,
President and CEO, Codexis, Inc.
Codexis: Unlocking the Power of Proteins
Technology, expertise and market need have aligned to unlock the power of proteins to create novel, high-value materials at an unprecedented pace – truly, we are in the midst of a Protein Revolution. Codexis is at the forefront of this protein revolution with our CodeEvolver® platform facilitating advancements that were difficult to envision even just a few years ago. Within this talk, we take you behind the scenes of the tremendous possibilities before us all.
3:45PM “ABLC WOLFPACK” – The Emerging SynBio Revolution
Moderator & Market Overview: Jim Lane,
Editor and Publisher, The Digest


Joining as Due-Diligence Wolves:

Paul Bryan, Industry Consultant
Ron Cascone,
Principal, Energy & Chemicals Advisory, Nexant Inc.
David Dodds, Ph.D., Principal, Dodds & Associates LLC

James Iademarco, President, Strategic Avalanche, LLC

Companies Reviewed:


Caribou Biosciences

Perfect Day

Gingko BioWorks

Muse Bio

Twist Biosciences

Impossible Foods


Moderator & Market Overview: Jim Lane,
Editor and Publisher, The Digest


ABLC Wolfpack Address: Kimberly Samaha, co-founder, Synthesis Venture Partners


Joining as Due-Diligence and Public Policy Wolves:
Paul Bryan,
Industry Consultant
Ron Cascone, Principal, Energy & Chemicals Advisory, Nexant Inc.
David Dodds, Ph.D., Principal, Dodds & Associates LLC

James Iademarco, President, Strategic Avalanche, LLC


-Bio-Hub ecosystem project financing

-Co-locating aquaculture and agriculture hosts with a biorefinery

-R&D Commercialization Platforms

-C02 Capture Projects