October 18

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


Joint Venture – learning from nature to commercialise smart, sustainable products

Already confirmed: Gaëlle Husser | Director, Product Management Aquaculture, Evonik Industries

Financing the circular bioeconomy | PitchFest

Marcel Van Berkel | CEO, Marcel Van Berkel Consultancy (chair)                                            Andrew McDowell | Vice-President for Economics, Energy and Agriculture, European Investment Bank                                                                                                                      Ludwig Goris | Investment Manager, Capricorn Venture Partners                                                                                                                                                                                                    PitchFest judges include:                                                                                                                Rob Van Der Meij | Investment Manager, Capricorn Venture Partners                                Michael Krel | Principal, Sofinnova Partners

Innovative wood biorefining showcase

Mari Granström | Business Development Manager, AVA Biochem                                        Simon McQueen Mason | Materials Biology Professor, University of York                            Jussi Manninen | Executive Vice-President, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland      Bernard de Galembert | Innovation and Bioeconomy Director, CEPI

Sustainable aviation

Olivier Rolland | Director, Sustainable Fuel Technologies, Boeing Research& Technology Europe                                                                                                                                          Robert Boyd | Aviation Environmental Economist, International Air Transport Association                                                                                                                                        Freya Burton | Chief Sustainability and People Officer, LanzaTech                                      Stephen Wetmore | Manager for Corporate Partnerships & Innovation, WWF                    Kyriakos Maniatis | Principal Administrator, DG ENER, European Commission              Alejandro Ríos Galván | Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium Director & Professor of Practice, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Masdar Institute, Khalifa University  


John Sime Award

The award is dedicated to John Sime, who played a pivotal role in the early development of EFIB. It will be awarded to the presenter sharing the most innovative new technology or idea in the Innovation Tracks. The winner is determined by delegate vote.

French ministerial address on bioeconomy

Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle is General Director for the Economic and Environmental Performance of Enterprises at the French Minsitry of Agriculture and Nutrition. Between 2006 and 2013, she was Executive Director of European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in Parma (Italy). From 2003 to 2006, she was General Director of Nutrition in the French Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. Prior to 2003, she worked for the European Commission in the Ministry of Agriculture.

Joint Venture keynote

Stefan Randl | Vice-President, Innovation Management, Evonik                                              David Williamson | CTO, Modern Meadow, Inc.

Brand panel

Babette Pettersen | Director Business Development, Ginkgo Bioworks (chair)         Laurent Gilbert | Sustainable Innovation Director, L'Oréal                                                    Davide Braghiroli | Manager, Sustainability and Product Environmental Performance, Tetra Pak Neil Parry | Research Programme Director - Biotechnology Science Leader, Unilever                                                                                                                                      Stéphanie Triau | CEO, Bioserie

Closing address

Joanna took on her role of Deputy Secretary-General at EuropaBio in March this year. She previously held the position of Industrial Biotechnology and Cross-Sector Strategy Director in the association. She has over fifteen years of Brussels-based experience in Public Affairs and Strategic Communications and has an academic background in Environmental Science. Prior to joining EuropaBio, Joanna worked in consultancy in the energy, environment, health and development sectors advising a broad range of Fortune 500 companies, industry associations and NGOs and has also worked for the European Commission’s Directorate General for the Environment.