EFIB 2023: Industrial biotechnology for a sustainable and resilient global Europe


  • Swift Pharma Summit
    Changing the global paradigm for biomanufacturing in plants.
    13:30 - 17:00

    See agenda

  • Welcome reception at City Hall 17:30 - 19:00

October, 23

Pre-conference day

October, 24

Day One

Morning Agenda

  • Opening plenary 09:00 - 12:00
  • PART 1 09:00 - 10:20
Welcome address and Introduction
  • Claire Skentelbery, Director General, EuropaBio &
  • Annemiek Verkamman, Managing Director, HollandBio
  • Tom Berendsen, Member of the European Parliament
  • Sarah Reisinger, CSRO, dsm-firmenich
  • Jens Nielsen, CEO, BioInnovation Institute
  • Kristin Schreiber, Director, DG GROW, European Commission
  • Networking Break 10:20 - 10:50
  • PART 2 10:50 - 12:00
Dutch Government Top Sector introduction

Jacqueline Vaessen, Chair, ChemistryNL

Panel opening remarks

Simon Herriott, President, Health & Biosciences and Scent, IFF

C-level panel

  • Jens Nielsen, CEO, BioInnovation Institute
  • Sarah Reisinger, CSRO, dsm-firmenich
  • Kristin Schreiber, Director, DG GROW, European Commission
  • Kevin Madden, SVP Platform Commercialization, Ginkgo Bioworks
  • Simon Herriott, President, Health & Biosciences and Scent, IFF
  • Daan Luining, Founder & CTO, Meatable
  • Lunch 12:00 - 13:00

Afternoon Agenda

  • Food, Feed & Nutrition
    Novel approaches for food system innovation
    13:00 - 14:30

    Parallel Session A1

Chair Marjolein Brasz, CEO, Foodvalley NL
  • René Draaisma, Biotechnology Manager, Unilever R&D
  • Tal Zeltzer, Co-Founder & CTO, Phytolon
  • Ana Afonso, Head of Nutrition & Food Innovation Unit, European Food Safety Authority
  • Hille van der Kaa, COO & Founder, Those Vegan Cowboys
  • Ivan Stefanic, Programme Manager for food chain technologies, novel & sustainable food, European Innovation Council
  • Paloma Iturmendi Küstner, Global Business Development Director, MAAVi Innovation Center
  • Executive Roundtable 13:00 - 14:30

    Parallel Session B1
    Invitation only

  • Break 14:30 - 15:00
  • Sustainable Biomaterials
    Perspectives on circularity and renewability
    15:00 - 16:30

    Parallel Session A2


Dennis Herzberg, Cluster Manager, CLIB


  • Ute Schick, Senior Vice President Research, Development and Innovation, Evonik
  • Fabien Deswarte, Head of the Strategic Partnerships for Sustainability Group, L’Oréal
  • Andrea Camia, Senior Scientific Officer, Joint Research Centre
  • Stéphane Arditi, Director for Climate, Circular Economy and Industry, EEB
  • Ana Morao, Competence Leader Sustainable Process Design, Corbion
  • Tom van Aken, CEO, Avantium
  • Legislation Roundtable: New Genomic Techniques
    Where should Europe be in 10 years?
    15:00 - 16:30

    Parallel Session B2
    Invitation only

Evening Agenda

  • EFIB Start-up Hour 16:45 - 17:45
  • Evening Network Reception 18:00 - 20:00

Morning Agenda

  • SME Breakfast 08:30 - 09:30

    Invitation Only

Opening remarks

Kristin Schreiber, Director, DG GROW, European Commission

EFIB’s SMEs are invited to a dedicated breakfast organized by the EuropaBio SME BioForum which will discuss the pathway to global markets for SMEs.

  • Bioprocesses & Technologies
    Supporting the bio-based transition
    09:45 - 11:00

    Morning plenary

Session Sponsor

ModeratorAna Maria Bravo, Director of Public Affairs Europe, IFF
  • Steve Thomas, Associate Director Applied Science and Industrial Biotechnology, Cambridge Consultants
  • Aniek van der Woude, R&D Manager, Photanol
  • Christophe Dardel, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Afyren (representing the AFTERBIOCHEM CBE JU project)
  • Ydna Questell-Santiago, CTO, Bloom Biorenewables
  • Dr. Biljana Mitrova, Business Development Manager, c-Lecta
  • Networking break 11:00 - 11:30
  • Sustainable Finance
    Opportunities and challenges for bio-based innovation
    11:30 - 12:45

    Parallel Session A1

Session Sponsor

ModeratorLudwig Goris, Partner, Capricorn
  • Rafael Cayuela, Corporate Chief Economist and EMEAI Senior Strategy & Sustainability Director, Dow
  • Mary McCarthy, Partner, Sofinnova Partners
  • Elisabeth Storm de Grave, Investment Principal, Circular & Biobased Economy and Food & Agriculture, InvestNL
  • Linda Dijkshoorn, CEO & Founder, EV Biotech
  • Biomanufacturing
    Europe’s Industrial Transformation
    11:30 - 12:45

    Parallel Session A2

Session Sponsor

ModeratorDeborah Davies, Business Development Director, Olon
  • Nicolas Goeldel, Lead Product Manager, BCG X
  • Virginie Le Coent, Head of Scientific Affairs, EMEA, bioMérieux
  • Julie Person, Project Coordinator & Communication Corporate, Microphyt (representing the SCALE CBE JU project)

  • Elke Duwenig, Senior Expert in Regulatory & Government Affairs, Nutrition & Health, BASF

  • Adam Burja, Head of Biotechnology, Science & Research, dsm-firmenich
  • Lunch 12:45 - 13:45

Afternoon Agenda

  • Delivering the Global Ambition for European Biotechnology – What next? 13:45 - 15:15

    Closing Plenary

Moderation Anne-Gaëlle Collot, Director Industrial Biotechnology, EuropaBio
Presentation of the EFIB Rotterdam Statement Claire Skentelbery, Director General, EuropaBio
Panel discussion with:
  • Nicoló Giacomuzzi-Moore, Executive Director ad interim, Circular Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking
  • Hidde Boersma, Molecular biologist and co-Founder, RePlanet
  • Jeroen Hofenk, Founder & CSO, SwiftPharma
  • Céline Crusson-Rubio, General Delegate, SICOS
  • Hans Ole Klingenberg, VP Marketing, Ag & Industrial Biosolutions, Novozymes
  • Ana Ruiperez Nuñez, Advisor, National Office of Foresight and Strategy of the Spanish Government
  • Handover to EFIB 2024 Host 13:45 - 15:15
  • Closing reception in the exhibition 15:15 - 16:00

October, 25

Day Two

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