2020 Programme overview

5–9 October | Delivered digitally

Overall theme: Advancing the Green Economy with biotech innovation

ALL DAY Virtual 1:1 Partnering Meetings
MORNING SESSION
9:45–10:50 CET
OPENING
How to advance sustainability and bioeconomy as part of a post-Covid green recovery?

Welcome address:

  • Agnes Borg, Director, Industrial Biotechnology, EuropaBio

Keynote speakers:

  • Susanne Pedersen, Assistant Director-General and Head of Investment, Policy Solutions Division, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
  • Kerstin Jorna, Director-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission
  • Sally Uren OBE, Chief Executive, Forum for the Future
Further reading tips for this session:
11:00–12:15 CET
GREEN. CIRCULAR. SUSTAINABLE.
The post-COVID future from an industry perspective (C-suite panel)

Moderation:
  • Susanne Pedersen, Assistant Director-General Head of Investment and Policy Solutions Division, Global Green Growth Institute
Panelists:
  • Claus Crone Fuglsang, Chief Science Officer (CSO) & Executive Vice President, Research & Development, Novozymes 
  • Sally Uren OBE, Chief Executive, Forum for the Future 
  • Stefan Jennewein, CEO, Jennewein Biotechnologie GmbH (now part Chr. Hansen)
  • Regina Hecker, Partner, Blue Horizon Ventures
  • Jim Laird, CEO, 3F BIO

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AFTERNOON SESSIONS
13:30–15:00 CET
GREEN. CIRCULAR. SUSTAINABLE.
Future on biotech innovation: Why does Europe need modern biotechnology?
Co-organised with:

 
 
 
Moderation:
  • Aleš Pečinka, Group leader, Institute of  Experimental Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic

Speakers:

  • Irina Borodina, Professor, The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, Technical University of Denmark and CTO, BioPhero ApS
  • René Custers, Regulatory & Responsible Research Manager, VIB
  • Carsten Hjort, Senior Science Director, Novozymes

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15:15–16:30 CET
DIGITAL START-UP FORUM
Focus on green, sustainable  and circular innovation
Start-up pitches with:
  • Juan Medina, CEO, Kaffe Bueno
  • Stan Theophilou, Director and Chief Scientist, BlueGene Technologies
  • Stephanie Brooking, Head of Product Management, Evonetix
  • Borja Torres, CEO, Xtrem Biotech
  • Oh-Jin Park, Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer, Lignum
Jury members: 
  • Cindy Gerhardt, Director, Planet B.io & Campus Development Director for Biotech Campus Delft, DSM 
  • Michael Krel, Partner, Sofinnova Partners
  • Rob van der Meij, Senior Investment Manager, Capricorn Partners
  • Joseph Zhou,  Managing Partner, Bits x Bites

Start-up Forum Partners:

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16:45–18:15 CET
MEET-UP
Inclusive Bioeconomy
Co-organised with:

Take part in this short survey – The Bioladies Network invites all stakeholders interested in the bioeconomy to share their thoughts on the bioeconomy in advance of the session.

Moderation:

Iris Aquilina Anderson, Founder Bioladies Network, Ambassador BBIA UK

Speakers:

  • Dr Brenda Parker, Lecturer in Sustainable Bioprocess Design, Department of Biochemical Engineering, University College London
  • Dr Agnieszka Krzyzaniak, Market Intelligence Lead – Construction, Arcadis
  • Josie Morris, Managing Director; Shareholder of The Wool Packaging Company Limited
  • Angela Morris Angela Morris BA Hons, MA, MInstPkg, FRSA; CEO & Founder of The Wool Packaging Company
  • Dr Chris Holland, Researcher and Senior Lecturer, Department Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield
  • Jennifer Lewis, Executive Director, International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association (IBMA) & Director of Byardbridge Consultancy Ltd
ALL DAY Virtual 1:1 Partnering Meetings
MORNING SESSION
10:00–11:00 CET
FOOD, FEED & NUTRITION
Digital Start-up Forum

Start-up pitches from:

  • Cornelia Habacher, CEO, Rebel Meat
  • Laura Vasselin, Partnership Manager, Arbiom
  • Kirstin Knufmann, CEO, PureRaw
  • Christopher Kong, Co-founder, Better Nature
Jury Members:  
  • Agnes Hoffmann, Business Creation Manager, EIT Foods CLC Central GmbH
  • Ed Arthy, Growth Investor, Planet First Partners
  • Chris Brix Tillegreen, Senior Business Developer, BioInnovation Institute

Start-up Forum Partners:

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11:15–12:45 CET
FOOD, FEED & NUTRITION
Alternative Protein Market Insights

Moderation: 

  • Albrecht Wolfmeyer, Head of ProVeg Incubator

Speakers:

  • Belgin  van Dongen-Köse,  European Segment Leader for Renewability and Enrichment,   Cargill
  • Jo Raven, Senior Manager Engagements, FAIRR Initiative
  • Will van den Tweel, Director, Those Vegan Cowboys
  • Paul Hudman, Technical Director, 3F BIO
  • Markus Klinger, Head of Protein Ingredients Venture, Novozymes (panelist)
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AFTERNOON SESSIONS
13:30–15:00 CET
FOOD, FEED & NUTRITION
Cultured animal products: Manufacturing insights

Chair:

  • Gerrit Suhlmann, Bright Green Partners

Speakers:

  • Blake Byrne, Business Innovation Specialist, The Good Food Institute
  • Krijn de Nood, CEO, Meatable
  • Sara Oliveira, Food Processing and Nutrition Group, International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory
  • Panagiotis Daskaleros, DG SANTE, Food processing technologies and novel foods Unit, European Commission
  • Wolfgang Gelbmann, Senior Scientific Officer, Nutrition Unit, EFSA
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15:15–16:15 CET
FOOD, FEED & NUTRITION
Focus on novel ingredients

Chair & Introduction:

  • Oliver May, Corporate Scientist Biocatalysis, DSM

Further speakers: 

  • Gerit Tolborg CEO & Founder, Chromologics
  • David Brandes, Co-Founder, Peace of Meat
  • Jeroen van Dorp, Business Development Manager, Chaincraft
  • Mauricio Agudelo, CEO, Bialtec

Hosted by:

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16:30–18:00 CET
FOOD, FEED & NUTRITION
Cellular agriculture, next-gen fermentation and plant-based innovation 

Chair & Introduction:

  • Sandrine Lauret, Policy Manager, European Alliance for Plant-based Food (EAPF)

Speakers:

  • Nate Crosser, Startup Growth Specialist, The Good Food Institute
  • Georg Schirrmacher, CEO, EIT Food CLC GmbH – “New food system for Europe – Innovation for sustainable growth”
  • Thomas Jonas, CEO , Nature’s Fynd, US
  • Eben Bayer, CEO, Atlast Food Company, US
  • Paul Kollesoff, General Manager & Co-Founder, The Urgent Company, US
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ALL DAY Virtual 1:1 Partnering Meetings
MORNING SESSIONS
10:00–11:15 CET
MATERIALS & PACKAGING
The role of bioplastics in a circular economy

Chair:

  • Kevin O’Connor, Director, BiOrbic, SFI Bioeconomy Research Centre,
    University College Dublin

Speakers:

  • François de Bie, Senior Marketing and Supply Chain Director, Total Corbion
  • Paolo La Scola, EU Public Affairs, Novamont 
  • Nicola Noponen, Technical Advisor, Sector Lead, Chemicals & Polymers, Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB)
  • Silvia Maltagliati, Policy Officer, Circular Economy & Biobased Systems Unit, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
  • Ronny Hanich, Project Leader, Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT)

Further reading tips for the session:

11:30–12:45 CET
MATERIALS & PACKAGING
Innovation examples

Chair:

  • Antro Sailä, VP Sustainability and Save Food, World Packaging Organisation

Speakers:

  • Åsa Ek, Vice President, Biofoams, Stora Enso
  • Stefan Radlmayr, CEO, Silphie Paper GmbH
  • Remy Buser, CEO & Co-Founder, Bloom Renewables
  • Małgorzata Then, CEO, Biotrem
  • Patrick Gerritsen, CEO, bio4pack

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AFTERNOON SESSIONS
13:30–14:30 CET
INNOVATION CAMPUS
Live pitching & Best-of competition

Jury members: 

  • Matthias Slatner, Open Innovation & Business Development, ACIB – Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology
  • Cindy Gerhardt, Director, Planet B.io & Campus Development Director for Biotech Campus Delft, DSM

Speakers:

  • Iris Cornet, University of Antwerp – “Production of polyhydroxyalkanoates from industrial phenolic effluents”
  • África Pardavila, Innovarum, ES – “GreenProtein: hidden resource in beet leaves, the making of the proteins of the future”
  • Sylvain Carcelle, Business Development Manager, Biorea – “Continuous airlift fermentation – a new microalgae production technology”
  • Christoph Gasser, Co-Founder, UsePAT GmbH –“Ultrasound-Particle Manipulation for in-line Characterization of Cells with Raman and ATR-FTIR Spectroscopy in a Bioreactor”

Please find all abstracts of our Digital Innovation Campus here

Innovation Campus Partner:

14:45–16:15 CET
FASHION & TEXTILES
Trends and technologies: How to advance innovation and bio-based materials?

Chair:

  • Nicole Rawling, Executive Director, Material Innovation Initiative, US

Speakers:

  • Adrian Lopez Velarde, Founder, Adriano di Marti, Desserto, Mexico
  • Tom Cooke, President, Algenesis, US
  • Volker Wagner-Solbach, Procurement and Supply Chain Manager, Amsilk
  • Georg Gübitz, Head of Department of Agrobiotechnology,  IFA-Tulln at University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna
  • Jan Marek, Technical and Sales Director, INOTEX (panelist)

Further reading tips for this session:

16:30–17:45 CET
DIGITAL START-UP FORUM
Focus on Materials & Bioprocessing
Start-up pitches from:
  • Michael Sernatinger, Business Development, Carbonauten GmbH
  • Rémi Peyraud, CEO, iMean 
  • Ben Dolman, CEO, Holiferm
  • Stefan Boersting, Co-Founder & CPO LignoPure 
  • Prateek Mahalwar, Co-Founder, Cellulosic Technologies

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Jury members: 
  • Laurie Rey, Director, Business, Toulouse White Biotechnology
  • Chris Brix Tillegreen, Senior Business Developer, BioInnovation Institute
  • Yvette Go, Senior Investment Manager, Capricorn Partners

Start-up Forum Partners:

ALL DAY Virtual 1:1 Partnering Meetings
MORNING SESSIONS
10:00–11:00 CET
BIOPROCESSES & TECHNOLOGIES
The future of bioprocesses and biorefineries: How to scale up novel resources

Chair: 

  • Iris Lewandowski, Chief Bioeconomy Officer and Professor, University of Hohenheim

Speakers:

  • Matthias Slatner, Open Innovation Manager & Business Development, Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (ACIB) – “Development of an Open Innovation Platform to connect Biotechnological Research and Business”
  • James Gaffey, Co-Director of the Circular Bioeconomy Research Group, Technology Institute, Ireland “BIOSWITCH – supporting brand owner transition to biobased products”
  • Wouter van Winden, Principal Scientist Fermentation, DSM – “Zero Concepts in Bioprocessing”
  • Stefan Jennewein, CEO, Jennewein Biotechnologies GmbH (now part of Chr. Hansen) – “Update on the most recent company activities”

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11:15–12:15 CET
BIOPROCESSES & TECHNOLOGIES
Markets & technologies: Why industrial biotechnology ticks the boxes?

Chair & Introduction:

  • Olivier Rolland, Managing Director, Toulouse White Biotechnology (TWB) 

Further speakers:

  • Filippo Giancarlo Martinelli, Global Industrial Partnerships Development, Abolis
  • Thierry Audibert, Head of New Business Delopment Fragrances, Givaudan

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LUNCH TALK
12:30–13:00 CET
BIOPROCESSES & TECHNOLOGIES
Lunch Talk: Bioreactors, bioprocess controlling & cell culturing: best practice examples
 

Chair:

  • Filippo Giancarlo Martinelli, Global Industrial Partnerships Development, Abolis

Speakers:

AFTERNOON SESSIONS
13:00–14:30 CET
FINANCING & INVESTING
How to leverage the growing interest in sustainability for bio-based innovation
Chair & Introduction:
  • Sara Lovisolo, Group Sustainability Manager, London Stock Exchange Group

Speakers: 

  • Niklas Von Weymarn, CEO Metsä Spring
  • Michael  Brandkamp, General Partner, European Circular Economy Fund  
  • Maria Lettini, Executive Director, FAIRR Initiative
  • Joseph Zhou, Managing Partner, BitsxBites 

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14:45–15:45 CET
BIOPROCESSES & TECHNOLOGIES
Spotlight on… Resource efficiency & production: How bio-based solutions can provide advantages
Moderation:
  • Janin Sameith, Head of Life Sciences and Bioeconomy, Hessen Trade and Invest

Speakers:

Hosted by:

16:00–17:00 CET
BIOPROCESSES & TECHNOLOGIES
Spotlight on… Unlocking the potential of industrial yeasts for production of high value consumer products

Speakers:

  • John MorrisseyCHASSY Project Coordinator, Senior Lecturer in Microbiology, University College Cork, Ireland
  • Else-Jasmijn Hassing, PhD candidate, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  • Florian David, CSO & Co-founder, Biopetrolia AB, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Tristan Rossignol, Senior Researcher, MICALIS Institute at INRAE, France
  • Verena Siewers, Senior Researcher, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

Hosted by:

ALL DAY Virtual 1:1 Partnering Meetings
MORNING SESSIONS
10:00–11:00 CET
FASHION & TEXTILES
Sustainable fashion: Innovation examples & consumer trends

Chair & Introduction: 

  • Karin Fleck, Founder & CEO, Vienna Textile Lab

Speakers:

  • Noa Ben-Moshe, Head of Marketing, nuuwai
  • Robert Bischof, Senior researcher, Pulp- and Biorefinery Technology, Lenzing AG
  • Thomas Hahn, Assistant Group Leader & Senior Researcher, Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB)
  • Florian Schwendner, COO, NUVI Releaf GmbH

Further reading tips for this session:

11:15–12:45 CET
CLOSING | GREEN. CIRCULAR. SUSTAINABLE
How can industry help drive the SDG agenda forward? (Best practices)

Chair:

  • Sarah Hickingbottom, CEO, BioVale

Speakers: 

  • Leslie Johnston, CEO Laudes Foundation
  • Michael D’Onofrio, Growth Investor, Planet First Partners
  • Philipp Lavielle, CEO, Fermentalg
  • Charlotte Sode, Head of Sector Bioeconomy, Bioeconomy and Food Systems Unit, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission

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SATELLITE PROGRAMME
09:30–13:00 CET
AFTERLIFE Stakeholder Workshop:
Advanced Filtration Technologies for the Recovery and Later Conversion of Relevant Fractions from Wastewater 
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AFTERNOON SESSION
13:30–14:45 CET
OUTLOOK 
EFIB 2021 in Vienna
Spotlight on sustainable living – The city of the future  

Hosted by:


Chair & Introduction:
Alexandros Stefanakis, Assistant Professor, School of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete, Chania, Greece

Keynote on “Bio-based building materials for regenerative cities”

Jan Wurm, Director | Foresight + Research + Innovation | Arup University Research Leader Europe, Arup

further speakers:

  • Eva Czernohorszky, Vienna Business Agency
  • Agnes Borg, Director Industrial Biotechnology, EuropaBio

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At the end of this session, the winners of the Digital Start-up Forum and the Digital Innovation Campus will be announced!

AND, you can a win a free stay of 2 nights at the brand-new The Wood hotel in Vienna (built with Stora Enso materials) during EFIB next year. Join us for this session for a chance to win.

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