NatureWorks’ board of directors named Richard Altice as the company’s new President and Chief Executive Officer in April of 2018. Altice comes to NatureWorks from PolyOne Corporation where he was Senior Vice President and President – Designed Structures and Solutions. At PolyOne, he had global responsibility for the sheet, roll stock, and formed packaging business. Prior to PolyOne, Altice also served as Vice President of Hexion’s global specialty epoxy business focused on coatings and composites. Altice holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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Nadia Auclair is CEO of an innovative company, CARBIOLICE, developing and producing new generations of masterbatch based on enzymes that make fully compostable all PLA-based plastics. She has previously been Research and Development Manager of bioplastic activities at Limagrain, an international seeds manufacturer. She was in charge of the conception of biobased and biodegradable products such as mulch films for agricultural applications. Prior to act for plastics sustainability, she spent eight years in the automotive industry at VALEO, the French leader of automotive supplier, to develop high performance polymers for engine systems. Nadia has strong knowledge and experience in polymers and industrial operations. She has a scientific background with a doctorate degree in the domain of polymers done with Alstom company in 2005.

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Steve is the global leader of his business reporting directly to Fujifilm HQ in Tokyo with sites in Teesside UK, North Carolina and Texas, USA.  The company has over 1300 staff at the three locations engaged in contract process development and manufacture for the biopharmaceutical industry. During his time in post the company has grown significantly and is now recognised as one of the world’s leading Biologics Contract Development and Manufacturing Organisations with globally leading technologies, assets and capabilities across the wide range of biopharmaceuticals – therapeutics, vaccines and advanced therapies. Since 2013 Steve has been Chair of the UK Industrial Biotechnologies Leadership Forum – co-chairing the meeting with a number of UK Government Ministers.  He is also Co-Chair of the UK Bioeconomy Governance Group which is overseeing the implementation of the strategy that was launched in December 2018.

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Goutami Banerjee is the Co-founder and Director of Fornia BioSolutions Inc, a California based startup biotech company. The company focusses on discovering and improving bio-based products for improving everyday life, using their proprietary AI, library design, and HTP screening platforms. Goutami got her Ph.D. in Genetics and completed her postdoctoral studies from Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center under Michigan State University. In 2015 together with a small group of very talented scientists she started her journey with Fornia. At Fornia, she is heavily focused on developing some of its core technologies and production platforms. Goutami has over 20 years of experience working on strain development and protein chemistry and has more than 10 years’ experience in the area of second gen biofuel and high value product generated from lignocellulosic biomass. Her accolade includes more than 25 peer reviewed articles, filed and granted patents. She is also an active reviewer for many scientific journals.

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A global senior commercial leader with over 20 years’ experience working in the life science market with many cutting edge technologies in early stage start-up and mature market leading companies, including GE, Affymetrix, Applied Biosystems, Illumina, Cambridge Epigenetix and  Oxford Nanopore Technologies. She is now heading up product development and management for synthetic biology start-up Evonetix who are set to revolutionise de novo gene synthesis by developing a patented bench-top platform.

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Metin Bulut is an expert in the field of catalysis and started his career in the petrochemical industry.  He joined VITO in 2010 where he was involved in several research projects related to process intensification. Next to technological expertise, Metin has relevant experience in market analysis, techno-economic analysis and technology benchmark. Since 2014, he is active as business development manager for VITO’s Sustainable Chemistry theme, in the application field of CO2 Valorization. His current responsibilities include the exploration of economic, environmental and social relevant conditions/opportunities within the R&D roadmap of Carbon Capture and Utilizat.

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Tim Devlamynck holds a joint PhD degree in Applied Biological Sciences from Ghent University and the University of Groningen. In 2017, he joined Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant as Project Coordinator. He has been involved in several European R&D projects, including the Interreg project BIO-HArT. Currently, he is the project coordinator of the BBI project SMARTBOX.

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Beyhan is working as an analyst in the animal protein team of Rabobank’s Food & Agribusiness Research department in Utrecht, Netherlands. Within the team, she is focusing on the global seafood sector, and alternative proteins as aquafeed ingredient and for human consumption. Prior to joining Rabobank in 2017, Beyhan got her PhD degree in Agricultural Economics with a focus on international trade policy analysis from the University of Hohenheim in Germany.

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Stefaan De Wildeman graduated as a Chemical Engineer in Applied Biological Sciences (KULeuven, 1998), and finished his Ph.D. after discovering a new bacterial species dehalorespiring chlorinated organic pollutants in groundwater (Ghent University / Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, 2002). Since 2002, he joined DSM as an Associate Scientist in the field of Biocatalysis, one of DSM’s world-leading competences. As a Senior Scientist, he has increaslingly explored new options to link renewable raw materials to new biobased building blocks for novel materials with added functionality. Since 2013, Stefaan started up research activities, education programs and strategic projects on new biobased building blocks at Maastricht University, Ghent University and KULeuven. His hunger for social impact guided him to B4Plastics – a young technology company that has the mission to “make ecological plastic consumption easier”. By designing novel plastic products for their eco-balanced application from scratch, the company offers customized oligomeric and polymeric material products with outcompeting eco-profile at acceptable cost. As from 2017, under his guidance, B4Plastics entered into several Belgian and European subsidy programs with leading value chain players in the field of ecological materials sourcing and use. Since 2018, he took the dedicated role of managing director at B4Plastics to further expand the specialty bioplastic product portfolio in both B2C and B2B products and services. Typically, B4plastics engages in design of unprecedented materials, prototyping them into first kilograms within several months, and guiding the manufacturing to full scale implementation.

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Ben Dolman (along with James Winterburn) is the inventor of Holiferm’s Gravisep technology, and is the CEO of Holiferm. He won the UK Biotechnology and Biosciences research council early career innovator of the year award in 2018 for this work, which also involved a first licence of the technology to one of the field leading biosurfactant producers. A chemical engineer by training, he brings an engineering approach to solve bottlenecks preventing economic production of biochemicals, and at Holiferm is developing a production platform for biosurfactants at synthetic surfactant prices.

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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.

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Dr. Jürgen Eck studied biology at Darmstadt Technical University, with an emphasis on microbiology and molecular biology. After being awarded a doctorate (Dr. rer. nat) in biochemistry and molecular genetics, he joined the founding team of BRAIN AG in 1994. On 1 July 2015, Dr. Eck was appointed Chief Executive Officer of BRAIN AG. His current appointment as CEO runs until 30 June 2020. On 21 June 2000, he was first appointed to the Management Board as CTO with responsibility for Research and Development. Since the foundation of BRAIN AG Dr. Eck has been responsible for the technological basis of the company. Dr. Eck is also responsible for the academic collaboration network of BRAIN, involving many national and international research institutes and universities within Europe, Asia, and the USA. Dr. Eck is a member of many commissions and advisory committees, such as the Association for General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM), the DECHEMA Committee for Applied Biotransformation and the Board of Trustees of the DECHEMA Research Institute in Frankfurt. Dr. Eck is also a member of the regional Executive Board of the Association of the Chemical Industry (VCI) in Hesse and member of the Supervisory Board of Enzymicals AG in Greifswald. He is co-founder of the Center for Molecular Evolution and Biodiversity e.V. based in Darmstadt.

 

Javier Gil is the Director of the Biomass Department of CENER (National Renewable Energy Centre of Spain) since September 2015 coordinating the activities in several bioeconomy fields: bioresources evaluation, sustainability studies, liquid biofuels, bioproducts and solid biofuels. He is Doctor in Science (Chemical Engineering program) by the University of Zaragoza. From 2002 to 2015 he also worked at CENER, first as senior researcher and later, from 2007, as Head of Service. He has previously held various positions at the Fraunhofer UMSICHT Institute and the University of Zaragoza working in R&D since 1994.

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Cornelia Habacher is the Co-Founder and Head of Product of Rebel Meat. The company aims to reduce meat consumption and pave the way for clean meat by offering hybrid meat products. Cornelia obtained her Masters in Molecular Biology from the University of Vienna and her PhD in Biochemistry in 2017 from the University of Basel/Switzerland. During her time as a Post-Doc at a Novartis Research Institute for Biomedical Research, she led a project to uncover novel regulators of fat metabolism. 2019 she co-founded Rebel Meat, where she focuses on product development and market research.

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Paul Henderson is Head of Bioeconomy and Plastics at the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). His key responsibilities include delivering an ambitious new government / industry strategy that aims to double the size of the UK bioeconomy by 2030, as well as contributing to key UK objectives around resource productivity, carbon reduction and clean growth. Paul has been working in the area of sustainability for 20 years, across the public and private sector. After working on a three-year behaviour change project in Queensland, Australia, he joined what was then the Department for Energy and Climate Change in 2013. He has since worked on key projects such as the Renewable Heat Incentive and the Industrial Decarbonisation 2050 Roadmaps. In January 2017 he joined the Bioeconomy, Chemicals and Plastics team in BEIS as lead for the bioeconomy, to help ensure the UK can become a global leader in developing, manufacturing, using and exporting bio-based solutions.

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BioVale appointed Dr Sarah Hickingbottom as CEO in 2018. A selection ideally matching Sarah’s dedication to building a bioeconomy fit to face our climate emergency and resources challenges with BioVale’s mission to catalyse technologies, entrepreneurship and commercialisation in Yorkshire, Humber, UK and beyond. Sarah brings 15 years global commercial experience with expertise along the bio-based value-chain from commodity crops / biomass through to end-use markets via intermediate chemicals / materials. Sarah’s unique 360° perspective leverages a fruitful, decade-long partnership at LMC International which combined her commercial chemicals expertise with LMC’s world-renowned agricultural economics and forecasting. After earning her Chemistry BSc from Imperial (including an ERASMUS year at the Institut für Organische Chemie in Hannover, Germany), Sarah moved to UCLA for her PhD with Sir J. Fraser Stoddart.

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Dr Hjort obtained a PhD in molecular biology from the Technical University of Denmark in 1990. He joined Novozymes in 1990 as a strain development scientist and has been involved in strain development using gene technology from the very beginning of this technology area. He worked at Novozymes sites in Denmark and in the USA and currently heads up all strain development activities at Novozymes at the Denmark, USA and Japan sites. Dr Hjort has been involved in Novozymes regulatory strategy as well as in the regulatory strategy and compliance of many international and cross company groups.

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After she completed Fashion Design at the Utrecht School of Arts (1999), Aniela Hoitink worked for various fashion companies (i.a. Tommy Hilfiger, Gaastra) designing successful collections. In 2004 she founded NEFFA to focus on fashion innovation. Hoitink works on the crossover of textile, technology and microbiology and develops innovative personalized fashion and textile concepts. She helps companies, research institutes and universities with the integration of their (bio) technology into textile prototypes. Currently she is working on MycoTEX: custom-made clothes from compostable mushroom roots. Hoitink received various grants, honors and awards, and won the Global Change Award in 2018. In addition, she is considered to be one of the 100 most innovative women in the world.

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Dr. Jennifer Holmgren is CEO of revolutionary carbon recycling company, LanzaTech. Prior to LanzaTech, Jennifer was VP and General Manager of the Renewable Energy and Chemicals business unit at UOP LLC, a Honeywell Company. Under her management, UOP technology became instrumental in producing nearly all of the initial fuels used by commercial airlines and the military for testing and certification of alternative aviation fuel. Today, under Jennifer’s guidance, LanzaTech is working towards deploying carbon capture and reuse facilities globally to make fuels and chemicals from waste carbon.  In 2015, Jennifer and her team at LanzaTech were awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Presidential Green Chemistry Award, the BIO Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology and the Outstanding Leader Award in Corporate Social Innovation from the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago.  She was named most influential leader in the Bioeconomy by Biofuels Digest in 2017 and received a Global Bioenergy Leadership Award in 2018. A dog lover and committed greyhound rescuer, Jennifer holds a B.Sc. degree from Harvey Mudd College, a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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Mr Barna Kovacs is currently working as counsellor at the Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU. He has been appointed as the Secretary General of the BIOEAST Initiative. Between 2009-2017 he worked as scientific and policy officer in the European Commission. His responsibilities covered research project management and policy definition, contributing to conceptual reflections of the work programmes, strategic documents and new approaches for the implementation of the EU Bioeconomy Strategy, the Bioeconomy Observatory. In 2016 Mr. Kovacs was appointed as Secretary for the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research. He was a focal point for relations with the EU Member States, coordinated foresight exercises in the field of bioeconomy. In the period of 2004-2009 he worked in Brussels in the European Parliament. His scientific background covers management and business administration, focusing on the socio-economic aspects of agriculture, localized agri-food systems.

Christine is Director Business Innovation for the business unit Recycling & Recovery Benelux and Germany at SUEZ.  In her function, Christine leads a team of engineers and marketeers who facilitate the creation of new circular business ventures.  The last years have seen her focussing on projects related to the production of recycled polymers as PET, PP and PE. Christine holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the U-Mons Polytechnical faculty in Belgium.  From the revamping of nuclear power plants to the development of biogas stations, Christine spent half of her career taking care of the energy resources, before making the move towards the material resources and associated waste recycling business. Christine lives in Belgium with her husband and two children.

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Dirk Liebenberg, project manager at ProVeg’s Corporate Engagement team, consults the German food industry and retailers on how to tap into the plant-based market. During his studies in Sustainability Management he sharpened his focus on sustainable production and consumption and developed a passion for nutrition. Dedicated to transforming our food system, he is working towards making environmentally- and climate-friendly food more accessible, healthy and delicious for everyone on the planet.

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Arne is Co-founder & CFO of Phytolinc and Algenfels. Phytolinc is a biotechnology spin-off from the University of Cologne. The company has developed a unique membrane based approach to cultivate microalgae. The system especially suits applications in waste water management as well as aquaculture facilities. Algenfels is Phytolinc’s newly founded food branch, focusing on innovative food products with microalgae. Arne holds a master’s degree in economics from University of Cologne.

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Jorge Martinez Gacio is a Technologist in the Clean Fuels and Biotechnology business line in Axens which is based in Rueil Malmaison, France. He started his professional career in Technip working as Process Engineer in Detail Engineering packages. He joined Axens in 2006 where he first worked as Senior Process Engineer in worldwide projects for the refining and petrochemicals field. Currently working as Technologist since 2012, he is involved in the commercialization of processes for clean and renewable fuels and particularly the FuturolTM technology for second generation cellulosic ethanol. Jorge holds an MSc in Advanced Technology in Petrochemicals, Polymers & Plastics from IFP School, France and a Chemical Engineering Degree from University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. He also holds a Chemistry Degree from University of Vigo, Spain.

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Dr. Murray McLaughlin is President of McLaughlin Consultants and an Advisor to Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) and to Forest Products Innovation (FPI). Experiences over the years; Sustainable Chemistry Alliance; Deputy Minister Agriculture, Saskatchewan; President AgWest Biotech. Others area of experience includes Canadian Light Source;Managed Venture Capital Fund; Research and Marketing with ELANCO. Participates on several boards and advisory committees and recognized with several achievements over his career.

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After graduating in Toxicology and Philosophy of Biology at the University of Utrecht, Jan started off working in Marketing & Sales and Business Development at a Dutch Contract Research Organisation, moving on in 2006 to Innovation management and New Business Development at DSM, the multinational Food Ingredient company.

From 2009, Jan has been driving Entrepreneurship and Innovation for the Food Valley ecosystem around in the Netherlands
Nowadays he is the Managing Director at StartLife, the Business Innovation Centre located at Wageningen campus.
The StartLife Business innovation Centre comprises of a Startup incubator, Startup Accelerator programs, Early Stage Pre-seed funds, Venture Building activities and a StartLife Invest ltd company.

Startlife supports early stage ventures in Food& Agtech contributing to their initiation, strategy and growth.
StartLife is passionately involved in fostering business opportunities in the Agro & Food domain, eager to develop a comprehensive Innovation infrastructure in Europe with its centre of gravity on Wageningen Campus and the surrounding Food Valley that drives relevant business with societal and economic impact.

Jan Meiling is co-founder of F&A Next, a benchmark European Event platform for advanced Startups in Food & Agtech and the (corporate) investor community
As Chairman of the Association of Dutch Technology Transfer Professionals (DTTP) he is privileged to represent highly motivated and agile innovators in the field of Knowledge transfer and business incubation.

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Dr. María Mendiluce has over 20 years’ experience in sustainable development, energy and climate action. She sits in the Senior Management Team of WBCSD, guiding over 200 member companies on transformative climate policy, energy transition, plastic waste and urban mobility. Prior to working at WBCSD, María held roles at the Economic Bureau of the Spanish Prime Minister, the CEO office of Iberdrola and the International Energy Agency (Paris). María has a PhD in energy economics and regularly teaches at different universities and publishes in academic journals and media.

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Katia Merten-Lentz is an EU-wide leading practitioner in food and feed law at international law firm Keller and Heckman. Katia heads the firm’s EU Food and Feed Team that consists of both lawyers and scientists in Brussels and Paris. She supports clients throughout the food chain with issues ranging from Marketing (food labelling, health and nutrition claims, organic labels) to Food Innovation (nanomaterials, genetically modified organisms, novel foods). She also helps clients obtaining European authorization for new additives, enzymes and novel foods. Katia has both counselling and litigation experience. She represents clients before national and EU courts and helps them managing food crisis (recall or withdrawal of products, risk assessment, etc.). Following her expertise Katia regularly works with academic institutions, European and national professional bodies, and commercial organizations. She also acts as mentor for several start-up companies. Katia is one of only four ranked attorneys in peer-reviewed legal directories Chambers and Partners and Legal 500. She speaks English and French fluently.

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Philippe Mengal is the Executive Director of the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) since 1st of October 2015. His mission is to further consolidate the role and responsibilities of the BBI JU. Mr. Mengal trained as an engineer in Chemistry and Bio-industry at the Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech University and later on in Strategic Innovation Management at INSEAD – Fontainebleau in France. He started his career in 1990 in France as R&D engineer in the field of biomass fractionation and purification. In 1995 he became Technical Director of a research centre dedicated to biomass valorisation and between 1990 and 1997 he taught in a Master programme on chemical engineering in Rennes, France. He has published a number of scientific papers and awarded 5 patented license agreements. In his 25 years of professional experience before joining BBI JU, Mr. Mengal held strategic managerial positions in France and Belgium such as CEO of three companies, Global R&D Director of a multinational and Senior Consultant in food ingredient, engineering and life sciences industries.

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Henk Noorman was trained as Chemical Engineer from Groningen University (NL). He obtained a PhD in Biotechnology from Delft University of Technology (NL), on microbial systems modeling. He became a post-doc fellow in a Nordic research consortium, coordinating a fermentation scale-up project among academic groups in Sweden, Denmark and Norway. He then joined Gist-brocades and DSM in Delft (NL) and worked on fermentation process development and large-scale implementation projects, mainly in the area of antibiotics, food ingredients, biofuels and bio-based chemicals. He also has been project manager for innovation projects and resource manager. Henk Noorman is currently working as Corporate Science Fellow Engineering Sciences in the DSM Biotechnology Center and involved in numerous projects in Industrial Biotechnology, Food Specialties, Anti-Infectives and the Corporate Research Program. In addition, he is honorary professor at the Technical University Delft, conducting research and teaching in Bioprocess Design and Integration.

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Professor Patricia Osseweijer leads the Biotechnology and Society Section at Delft University of Technology in the Faculty of Applied Sciences. Her drive is to link technological innovation in biobased production and water systems with societal development for a sustainable and circular (bio)economy, linking SDGs. With her group she works on design of novel value chains focussing on integral impact assessment, social sustainability, public perceptions and ethics. In 2015 she received the (NL) Royal Academy distinguished Lorentz fellowship for integrating social sciences & technology. Patricia is University Ambassador Brazil, advisor to the TU Delft President.

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Prof. Dr. Stefan Pelzer, studied biology at the University of Bielefeld and received his PhD (1997) at the University of Tuebingen, Germany. Until 2001 he supervised his own research group on glycopeptide antibiotics at the University of Tuebingen, where he was appointed as affiliated professor in 2016. In 2001 he joined the biotech start up Combinature Biopharm AG in Berlin as a VP of Microbiology and later VP of Science being responsible for the overall research strategy of all natural product related lead/drug optimization projects. In 2008 he moved to the White Biotechnology company B.R.A.I.N AG in Zwingenberg, Germany and took over the position of Corporate Development Microbiology. Since 2012 he received different positions within Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbH at the R&D site in Halle/Westfalia, Germany. Currently he is the director of Innovation & Industrialization leading the innovation area „Precision Livestock Farming“. Research topics comprise the development of functional feed additives like probiotics with a special focus on mode of action studies applying novel gut simulation models.

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Rémi Peyraud, CEO, iMEAN. Rémi obtained his Ph.D in 2011 at ETH Zürich in Switzerland on microbiology. Then, he got an EMBO Fellowship to developed his own pioneer research at INRA Toulouse on modelling plant associated microbes. Remi developed an expert skill on life modelling with a wide range of organisms, industrial microbes as well as environmental microbes. In September 2018, he co-founded iMEAN, a bioinformatic startup which provides innovative services for industrial microbes design and optimisation of R&D processes using systems biology.

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Jim Philp (PhD) is a microbiologist who has worked as a policy analyst since 2011 at the OECD, specialising in industrial biotechnology, synthetic biology and biomass sustainability. He was an academic for about sixteen years researching environmental and industrial biotechnology: bioremediation, biosensors, wastewater science and engineering. He became involved with various UK government initiatives in biotechnology, such as Biotechnology Means Business, and BioWise. He was a coordinator of the LINK Bioremediation Programme, at the academic-industrial interface for about six years. In all he spent 8.5 years working for Saudi Aramco in Saudi Arabia as an oil biotechnologist, investigating field problems related to chemistry and microbiology, and developing biotechnology solutions for improved oil recovery and exploitation. He has authored over 300 articles. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2015, and an Associate Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers in 2016.

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Marcus Remmers is a scientist, business leader – and global citizen – striving to harness the knowledge, insight, skills and experience within and outside Royal DSM, an ambitious global science-based company active in health, nutrition and sustainable living. ‘’As an advocate for the power of science to transform society, my role at DSM is to secure our position on technology – both today and tomorrow’’, says Marcus. ‘’This includes working closely across our business to ensure that we have the right competencies; and it also means forging bonds with a diverse cast of external partners to bring our short-, mid- and long term innovation opportunities to fruition.’’ ‘’Science cannot exist in a vacuum, which is why another key aspect of my job is strengthening the connective tissue between our scientific capability and the commercial side of the business – ensuring that we focus on solving the right problems, adding measurable value where it’s needed most.’’ Marcus Remmers, a German national, graduated in Chemistry at the Universities of Münster and Freiburg and finalized his Doctorate Thesis at the Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Chemistry in Mainz and did research at Stanford, Caltech and Cambridge. Marcus has strong knowledge and experience in polymer and life sciences R&D, business operations, business development, strategy and change management. He is recognized as an effective transformational leader and team builder with broad international background. He started his career with Hoechst/Intervet in several managerial roles. As of 2001 he joined Merial ltd. where he had roles in Business Development, Country Management, Project and Portfolio Management and R&D in Pharma and Biologics. Marcus became Chief Technology Officer of Royal DSM in April 2017.

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Christophe is CEO and co-founder of Genomatica, which aims to lead a transition to more sustainable materials. He has led Genomatica to widespread recognition as a leader in industrial biotech; commercialized processes for the bio-based production of the chemicals butanediol (compostable bio-plastics, apparel) and butylene glycol (cosmetics, personal care); and is working on bio-nylon. Genomatica has established partnerships with leaders around the world, including in Italy, Germany, Japan, Belgium, Switzerland, Brazil and the U.S.

The company has earned awards for industry impact (ICIS Top40 Power Players six years in a row, and highest rating for sustainability technology in 2017 ICIS survey), engineering (Kirkpatrick Award), science (ICIS Innovation, Award, EPA Presidential Green Chemistry), industry leadership (voted #1 Hottest four years in a row by Biofuels Digest), and company culture (The Scientist as a Best Place to Work).

Christophe is Chairman of Biocom, the largest advocate organization for California’s life sciences sector; serves on BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section Governing Board; and has served on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Biotechnology. He is also a member of YPO, an international leadership organization for chief executives.

Christophe holds a Ph.D. in bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego. He received a B.S. in biomedical engineering from Duke University and was honored as a Distinguished Young Alumnus in 2010.

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Kirsi Seppäläinen, Vice President, Strategic projects, Stora Enso Biomaterials is member of Biomaterials division management team since March 2012 and responsible for strategy process, various strategic projects, marketing communications, branding and certification. Prior to this position she held managerial responsibilities in communications, marketing and sustainability at Stora Enso and other global companies.

Sean Sutcliffe has served as Chief Executive of Green Biologics since April 2008, contributing to the company extensive commercial and operational experience across the energy and renewables sector. Prior to joining Green Biologics he was from 2005 Chief Executive of Biofuels Corporation, a UK based biodiesel producer, and from 2007 Chairman of Tidal Generation Limited, a developer of tidal stream devices. Previously Sean worked for BG Group Plc. for 14 years in a variety of roles spanning operations, business development and strategy, most recently as Executive Vice President with responsibility for Corporate Development and New Businesses. Sean is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with an Engineering degree from Cambridge University. He is a Non-Executive Director of Keit Spectrometers, a company focused on developing FTIR technology for process monitoring and control applications in manufacturing industries and an advisory board member of UKI2S, a UK government funded early stage venture capital fund.

Rob is a chemical engineer from Delft University in the Netherlands and has worked both in the corporate, strategy consulting and start-up world in chemicals, process and water technology. Rob has held business management positions with Akzo Nobel and Shell Chemicals, was a founder and CEO of KiOR in the US and worked as CEO for several other start-ups in chemicals and water technology in Europe.
Rob is Investment Manager in the Capircorn Sustainable Chemistry Fund, looking after investments in areas such as synthetic biology, catalysis, enzyme technology, electrification, activation of CO2 as chemicals resource etc. He is boardmember of DMC-BIO in the USA.Rob is also a private investor and board member in HyVent Technology., Reactor-resources Europe, and COOL Separations and advises several start-ups.
Rob has a Master in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University in Delft, followed the Business Program as the Amsterdam School of Finance and has also done the New Board Programme from Neyenrode Business University, developing board members ‘new style’.

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Erwin Vink is the Senior Sustainability Manager of NatureWorks LLC, a US based company producing Ingeo Polylactide biopolymers from annually renewable resources. Since 1984 he has worked in various functions for The Dow Chemical Company. Since the beginning of the nineties he has been a member of the Dow Europe LCA Core Group working on internal and external Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) projects (e.g. the development of Eco-profiles of PlasticsEurope covering a wide range of polymers, chemical intermediates and final chemical products). During 1996-2000 he was also responsible for EH&S (Environment, Health & Safety) for products sold by Dow in the Benelux area, and worked part time for Cargill Dow LLC focusing on the environmental aspects of the life cycle of IngeoTM biopolymers.
In November 2000 he joined NatureWorks LLC full time as Sustainability Manager working in the area of LCA, Standardization and Sustainable feedstock certification through ISCC PLUS.
His responsibilities include the cradle-to-grave life cycle aspects of the current and future IngeoTM biopolymer production. He provides scientific life cycle information to NatureWorks employees, customers, NGO’s, Universities and Research Institutes, Government Officials, and other external organizations around the globe.

Raffael is Co-founder & CEO of LegenDairy Foods, Europe’s first cellular agriculture company focusing on the production of clean dairy. Previously, he was working in venture development at different fast-growth, VC-backed startups in food and fashion. After obtaining his B.A. in Business Administration he studied Strategy and International Management at the University of St.Gallen in Switzerland.

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Dr. Bo Yu obtained his academic training at Shandong University, China. After completion of his PhD thesis in 2006, he moved to Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IMCAS). In 2008, he started his Post-doc research for two years at German Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research and Hamburg University of Technology, both funded by German Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship. From Oct. 2010, Dr. Bo Yu returned to IMCAS and leaded the research group. His research interests are in industrial biotechnology, especially in the aspect of systems metabolic engineering of strains for production of bio-based products. In 2016, he was promoted to be the full professor in IMCAS. From 2014, Dr. Bo Yu served as the Deputy Director and later as Executive Director of CAS-TWAS Centre of Excellence for Biotechnology (CoEBio), which the center is focusing on strategic intelligence and international collaboration on bioeconomy as well as industrial biotechnology, both for developing and developed countries.

Joseph Zhou is Investment Partner at Bits x Bites, China’s pioneer food tech venture capital investing in startups tackling global food system challenges. With a mission to shape the future of good food, Bits x Bites is a big step forward to inspire and support the entrepreneurial community to bring new ideas to solve global issues. To date, it has invested in companies that are advancing nanoscale contaminant detection, gene editing for high-performing crops, as well as a company advancing cost-efficient, non-GMO meat production directly from animal cells without an actual animal. Joseph brings 12 years of experience across corporate banking, investment banking, and private equity, having raised more than US$120 million for his portfolio companies in the primary market. His decision to enter the food sector was driven by one clear motivation: To fight for the future of good food so that his young son grows up with plenty of safe and nutritious food options. Prior to Bits x Bites, Joseph and two other partners ran Fusi Capital where they self-raised US$50 million to invest in China’s international education sector. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth Business School. Joseph is an emerging voice on entrepreneurship and food tech investment. He has been a guest speaker at events including Future Food-Tech London, World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit, Startup Grind Tel Aviv, Food’s Future Summit in Hong Kong, and Food & Beverage Innovation Forum in Shanghai.

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