October 17

INDUSTRIAL BIOTECH: Delivering new bio-based products & processes to meet the UN SDGs


Welcome address

Pierre Monsan | Founding Director, Toulouse White Biotechnology                                     Joanna Dupont-Inglis | Deputy Secretary-General, EuropaBio

Opening keynotes

A scientist by training, Vivienne hosts medical programmes for BBC Radio 4, writes widely on health, presents films, facilitates many high level conferences and debates and trains young researchers. She also has a part time role as head of engagement at Genomics England which is delivering the 100,000 Genomes Project. She is a board member of UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) which is responsible for the UK’s £6 billion research and innovation strategy.

Economic outlook

Second keynote to be announced soon

Fireside chat

Speakers will soon be announced

Networking break

France’s bioeconomy assets to contribute to the SDGs and speed up deployment of bio-based solutions

Yvon Le Hénaff, graduated engineer from AgroParisTech, started his career in 1977 as a R&D Engineer. Then, he held different positions as industrial and commercial director in process engineering and contracting companies in the field of agro industry, in France and abroad (USA, Asia, Russia, Middle East, Iran …). He has been appointed General Manager of ARD in 2002. Under his management, this Research and Development company whose core business is the design and scaling up of process in plant refining, white biotechnology and green chemistry, acquired a worldwide reputation. It now operates for industrial companies and start up such as Corbion, Amyris, Global Bio Energies,… and has been founding shareholder of Soliance, producing actives ingredients out of plant for the cosmetic industry, recently taken over by Givaudan group, and of BioAmber for which it did design and scale up on its industrial demonstration plant the succinic acid production process.

Industry perspective

Marcel Wubbolts holds a PhD from the department of Biochemistry, University of Groningen, NL, and was Post- Doctoral research associate and subsequently Assistant Professor at the Institute of Biotechnology at the ETH in Zürich, CH leading a research group on biocatalyst development and remained there until late 1997. Following his positions in academia, he joined the Life Sciences and Material Sciences company DSM in Geleen, where he has held several positions including that of Chief Technology Officer. As Chief Technology Officer, Marcel is responsible for Corbion’s global Science and Innovation portfolio. He is passionate about developing sustainable solutions, in conjunction with partners from academia and industry.

The view from the top – CEO perspectives on the brightest and best in biotech

Christope Schilling | CEO, Genomatica                                                                                      David Sudolsky | CEO, Anellotech                                                                                      Véronique De Bruijn | CEO, Photanol                                                                                              Marcel Wubbolts | CTO, Corbion                                                                                  Emmanuel Petiot | CEO, Deinove                                                                                                    Sean Sutcliffe | CEO, Green Biologics                                                                            Christophe Dardel | CEO, EnobraQ

European Commission keynote – Horizon Europe, delivering on the UN SDGs through excellence in innovation

Jean-Eric Paquet began his career in the European Commission in 1993 in the Directorate-General for Transport, in the International Relations area, and later as assistant to the Transport Director General , Robert Coleman. In 1999 he joined the office of Mr Verheugen (Member of the European Commission in charge of enlargement). In 2002 he became the deputy head of office of M. Busquin, member of the European Commission in charge of Research policy. Mr Paquet was EU Ambassador in the Islamic republic of Mauritania between 2004 and 2007. He returned to transport in 2007 where he led the development of the Trans-European Transport Network policy. As Director for the “European Mobility Network” he was responsible for Europe’s transport infrastructure policy and investment strategies, the single European rail area, inland waterways and port policy. He joined DG Enlargement in November 2013 where he took over the Directorate in charge of relations with Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo. He took up his present position in January 2015, adding Montenegro and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to his portfolio. In November 2015 he was appointed Deputy Secretary General of the European Commission responsible for Better Regulation and Policy Coordination (economic governance, internal market and competitiveness, resource efficiency and employment, education and social policies). Since 2018, he is Director General of DG RTD at the European Commission.

Networking lunch


What role for IB in the new plastics paradigm?

Ian Hudson | Board Member, Carbios (chair)                                                                    François de Bie | Senior Marketing Director, TOTAL Corbion PLA                                            Ward Mosmuller | Director EU Affairs, DSM                                                                                Renee Henze | Global Marketing Director, DuPont Industrial Biosciences                          Julie Hill | Chair, WRAP

Food, feed, nutrition and health – the latest innovative breakthroughs

Lori Giver | Vice-President Biological Engineering, Calysta                                                        Jill Kauffman Johnson | Head of Global Market Development, Algae ingredients, Corbion Henrik Busch-Larsen | CEO, Unibio                                                                                      Gregor Kosec | Heaf of R&D, Acies Bio                                                                                          Nora Alonso | CEO, Iden Biotechnology

Industrial biotech: breakthroughs in plastics innovation

Christoph Eggert | R&D Laboratory Manager, Covestro                                                  Martin Stephan | Deputy CEO, Carbios                                                                                      Wridzer Bakker | CEO, Plantics                                                                                               Eelco Blum | Vice-Presicent, Business Development, Avantium                                    Roman Latsuzbaia | Scientist, TNO                                                                                            Tomi Kangas | Sales and Marketing Director, ABM Composite

Synthetic biology showcase

Jim Philp | Science and Technology Policy Analyst, OECD (chair)                                          Lionel Clarke | Co-Chair, Synthetic Biology Leadership Council UK                                       Jim Ajioka | CSO & Co-founder, Colorifix                                                                                        Edward Green | Founder & Chief Executive, CHAIN Biotechnology                                        Pierre Monsan | Founding Director, Toulouse White Biotechnology                                  Sylvia Gildenym | Project Engineer, OWS

Bio-based cosmetics

Track under construction

Marine biotech

Track under construction

Cocktail Reception at the Capitole, Toulouse City Hall

Hosted by the Council of Toulouse

All EFIB delegates are cordially invited to join the city hall of Toulouse for a cocktail reception that will take place in the wonderful Salle des Illustres.