THE AGENDA

    Day 1
8:00 Registration
9:00 Welcoming address
  ROOM 1
  C-SUITE FIRESIDE CHATS: WHAT ROLE DOES BIO-BASED PLAY WITHIN THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY?
Worldwide production of bio-based products is predicted to grow from approximately $203.3 billion in 2015 to $400 billion by 2020 and $487 billion by 2024.* The opportunities are there, and the bio-based sector needs to have the right conditions to build on the growing appetite for bio-based products. Value-chain integration, efficient production processes, and regulatory and financial support are all key to success. Questions remain however over how bio-based products and fuels fit into the current sustainability landscape. Governments and brands are emphasizing the need for the recycling of waste streams. The bio-based sector can play an important role within the realisation of this circular economy.

This session will take place in an interview format giving the chance for relaxed discussion and greater interactivity. It will bring together leaders from different parts of the value chain to discuss the future of bio.
9:10 Interview 1: Supporting and regulating a sustainable bio-economy
9:25 Interview 2: A look at the investment landscape: what are the opportunities and challenges?
Bio-based is a risky, long-term investment. Yet with growing demand among family funds and investors for “green” investments, there are increasing opportunities in the sector. This presentation will provide the investor’s view of the sector – what are the opportunities and threats to financing?
9:40 Interview 3: Building a bio-based portfolio

After decades of fossil oil dominance, customer opinion and demand is changing, and the chemicals sector needs to respond. This presentation will explore investment in new product streams while adapting existing infrastructure to the manufacture of bio-based products.
Jose Augusto Viveiro, Renewable Chemicals LATAM, Asia & Oceania, Braskem

9:55 Interview 4: How is sustainability becoming the new normal?
For decades, FMCG companies have operated without enough consideration for the sustainability of their products and supply chains. Yet as customers are becoming more aware and demand for sustainable products is increasing, retailers and brands must adapt. In this presentation Jeffrey Hague will demonstrate what C&A is doing towards that goal.
10:10 Interview 5: Is bio-based the right cure for our addiction to fossil oil?
While bio-fuels and bio-based products can reduce emissions and waste plastic from entering the ecosystem, some bio-resources are more environmentally friendly than others. If produced irresponsibly they can destroy wildlife habitats and increase carbon emissions. Retailers, brands, and fuel users must educate themselves so that they can choose the most sustainable options available. This presentation will look at some of the challenges involved in achieving a sustainable bio-economy and present some recommendations on how to go forward.
10:25

 Panel discussion: Enabling the ongoing success of the bio-economy.
• What regulatory drivers are needed to support the bio-based sector?
• Is bio-based always equal to environmentally friendly?
• Green investment: how important is sustainability to shareholders?
• What is the incentive for big chemicals and fuels producers to engage more with the bio-economy?
• How engaged are brands and end users with bio-based alternatives?

Jose Augusto Viveiro, Renewable Chemicals LATAM, Asia & Oceania, Braskem

10:55 Networking Coffee Break
  ROOM 1
  SUPPLY CHAIN VISIBILITY: SECURING SUSTAINABLE FEEDSTOCK RESOURCES
Bio-based remains a crucial contributor in reducing our reliance on fossil resources and our output of carbon and pollutants such as plastic waste. If the bio-economy is to work, end users require a regular supply of sustainably produced and transported bio-based materials. Yet bio-mass has also been in the firing line from NGOs, press, and governments for unsustainable practices leading to the destruction of natural habitats and the use of precious food-producing arable land. This has led to an emphasis on the use of waste-streams and a move away from first generation feedstocks. This session will look at how the value chain can link up to make better use of feedstock resources, introduce efficiencies and costs savings at all levels of the supply chain, and introduce sustainable business practices.
11:40 The end user’s view: the importance of a secure and sustainable supply chain
• Why brands and retailers should develop links at all levels of the supply chain.
• The need for consistent and regular supply of bio-based materials.
• How does the supply chain affect a brand’s sustainability record? Reducing a brand’s carbon footprint.
• Avoiding a PR scandal: keeping feedstocks ethical and in line with regulations and public opinion.
11:55

Efficient and sustainable production of agricultural feedstocks
• Sequential cropping – extending the use of land without compromising food production.
• Creating value from waste: Making the most of agricultural residues and non-food by-products.
• What is the role of GM crops in producing feedstocks?
• The challenges of harvesting and distributing agricultural waste.
Anna Rath, Chief Executive Officer, Nexsteppe

12:10 Forest resources: Europe’s underutilised source of bio-mass
• What is the potential of woody bio-mass for the bio-based sector?
• New forms of feedstock: how can forestry companies develop products to support fuels and chemicals producers?
• Connecting up the supply chain with the right logistics partners.
• How can forests sustainably meet demand for feedstocks?
12:25 Local, regional and global knowledge: developing relationships with farmers and logistics partners
• Specialist skills and equipment for collecting and distributing agricultural waste.
• Low bulk densities: maximising the amount of biomass that can be carried.
• Reducing carbon emissions during transportation of biomass.
Per Regnarsson, Chief Executive Officer, CWC Biofuels
12:40

Panel discussion: Bringing the whole value chain together
• Ensuring feedstock availability for regular and consistent production.
• Are we making the best use of the world’s potential agricultural land?
• Is it possible to produce sufficient bio-mass without impacting natural habitats and food growing capacity?
• How can the bio-economy benefit local communities?
• How can the bio-based sector link up with logistics and agricultural organisations?

Anna Rath, Chief Executive Officer, Nexsteppe
Per Regnarsson, Chief Executive Officer, CWC Biofuels
Zanna McFerson, Chief Business Development Officer, Avantium
Geraldine Kutas, Head of International Affairs, The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association
Don McCabe, Vice President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture
Seth Ginther, Executive Director, US Industrial Pellets Association

13:10 Networking lunch    
  BIO-BASED CHEMICALS BIO-FUELS SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS
  ROOM 1 ROOM 2 ROOM 3
  INVESTMENT AND PARTNERSHIPS
To take solutions from concept to product, finding the right partners and investors is key. To stimulate large scale growth, investment is required. In the bio-economy this can stem from a number of sources including; venture capital, private investors, family funds, crowd sourcing and local, national and intgernational grants.
CREATING A MORE EFFICIENT AND COMPETITIVE BIO-FUELS SECTOR
The bio-fuels sector has suffered in recent years with the falling price of oil low and a public reaction against first generation feedstocks. For bio-fuels to remain a key element of our fuels landscape and the fight against climate change, changes are needed in both the regulation of fuel markets and the production of bio-fuels.
HOW DOES BIO-BASED FIT WITHIN OVERALL SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGIES?
Bio-based products are one of many choices brands can make in order to reach their CSR and sustainability goals. If carbon footprint reduction, ethical business practices, waste reduction, and recycling are among the key drivers, where does bio-based fit in? In this session, sustainability leaders will weigh up the options available to them and discuss where bio-based can contribute to delivering on sustainability targets.
14:25

Working with partners across a complex value chain
The bio-based value chain is complex and it takes multiple stages to reach commercial fruition. This session will explore what it takes to build relationships with feedstocks suppliers, logistics providers, other polymer producers, and end users.
Sean Sutcliffe, CEO, Green Biologics

Global fuels markets: how do bio-fuels measure up?
• How is the price of oil predicted to change in the next year?
• What alternative fuels do bio-fuels need to watch out for?
• The the changing regulatory environment in major global markets.
Making sustainability central to the business
• What is the real value of sustainability to your business?
• How is customer demand for sustainable products changing?
• Choosing your sustainability metrics: what role does bio-based play within a sustainable business model?
14:40

Finding the right chemical platforms and building blocks for your business
• Evaluating the properties of well-established and new chemical building blocks.
• Which building blocks are most available?
• Balancing price versus performance in choosing suppliers and partners.
Jeff Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Novvi

A global market overview: the need for holistic change

• Communicating the benefits of bio-fuels
• Engaging with governments, NGOs, customers, and the public over what they want to see from the sector.
• Investing more in second generation feedstock sources.
Timo Huhtisaari, Director, Sustainability, North European Oil Trade Oy

Selling sustainability internally: gaining buy-in at all levels of the organisation
Delivering sustainability requires all silos of the organisation to work together, from manufacturing to marketing and the senior leadership team. Yet when the bottom line is concerned, sustainability is not always at the forefront of people’s minds. This presentation will demonstrate techniques for how sustainability officers can engage colleagues and management to enact meaningful change.
Lucy Nattrass, Project Leader Bio-based Materials Corporate R&D and Innovation, AkzoNobel
14:55

Partnering for competitive advantage
• What should partners and investors bring to the table beyond finance?
• Finding the right partners and investors to fill skills and technology gaps
• Having realistic expectations from your partners.
Christophe Schilling, CEO & Co-Founder, Genomatica

From idea to commercial implementation of cellulosic ethanol
• What are the steps to achieve successful implementation in commercial plants?
• What difficulties does the industry have to overcome?
• What’s in the future for advanced biofuels?Paolo Corvo, Head of Business Development, Biofuels and Derivatives Europe, Clariant
Case study: A second life for all plastics: towards a 100% bio-based plastic bottle
• Bio-based plastic as a priority for the bottled beverage industry.
• At what stage is current technology in the market and where do we want to be?
• How collaborating across the value chain brings together the right expertise, finance, and technology to make projects a success.
15:10

Getting the most out of investments and partnerships to expand your business at the right time
• What are some of the most common mistakes in pitching for investment?
• What makes a good investment prospect?
• Choosing the best investment partner for your needs.
Josko Bobanovic, Partner, Sofinnova Partners

Finding efficiencies in the production of bio-fuels
The need to reduce reliance on subsidies and compete with other energy and fuel sources.
• Technology for cost and time savings.
• Reducing costs along the supply chain: feedstocks and logistics.
Len Humphreys, 
CEO, Licella

Case study: Collaborating to achieve sustainability goals: using renewable raw materials to conserve fossil resources and capture carbon
• The race for sustainability in the car industry: what is driving change?
• What metrics are used to measure sustainability?
• How do bio-based materials help car manufacturers reach sustainability targets?
• How can chemicals producers, manufacturers, and end users collaborate to make bio-based materials a success?
Raul Pires, VP New Technologies, Covestro
15:25

Panel discussion: Making partnerships work
• How should you choose the right partners for your needs?
• How can we make global partnerships work?
• Successfully attracting investors for new projects
• Negotiating terms of investment and communicating effectively
• What makes an attractive proposition for investment?
Alternative finance. Where else can you go? 

Sean Sutcliffe, CEO, Green Biologics
Jeff Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Novvi
Christophe Schilling, CEO & Co-Founder, Genomatica
Josko Bobanovic, Partner, Sofinnova Partners

Panel discussion: The macro-economic view of the fuels landscape.
• Regulatory view: What are the implications for bio-fuels of the revised Renewable Energy Directive in Europe and the Renewable Fuels Directive in North America?
• Will bio-fuels ever be able to truly compete with oil?
• Is a carbon tax the answer to competition?
• How can the bio-fuels sector lobby and engage with governments and regulatory bodies?
Paolo Corvo, Head of Business Development, Biofuels and Derivatives Europe, Clariant
Timo Huhtisaari, 
Director, Sustainability, North European Oil Trade Oy
Len Humphreys, 
CEO, Licella

Axel Saxena, Founder, Growdiesel Ventures Ltd.
Senior representative, Transport and Environment

 

Panel discussion: Achieving sustainability targets.
• What does a truly sustainable business model look like?
• What are the business drivers of adopting bio-based alternatives?
• How can bio-based contribute towards sustainability metrics such as CO2 reduction and recycling?
Raul Pires, VP New Technologies, Covestro
Lucy Nattrass, 
Project Leader Bio-based Materials Corporate R&D and Innovation, AkzoNobel
15:55 Networking coffee break
 

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS: WORKING TOGETHER TO SOLVE MUTUAL CHALLENGES
These self-selecting sessions will bring audience members together from different parts of the value chain to work together towards a solution to the challenges they are facing.

Audience members will choose the roundtable they are most interested in and join in the discussion. After 30 minutes the roundtables will end and delegates will have the opportunity move on to the next roundtable of choice and start a new conversation. Over the course of 90 minutes, Delegates will have the opportunity to participate in 3 separate roundtables and meet a host of new contacts.

  ROOM 1 ROOM 2 ROOM 3
16:40 Table 1
Getting more out of strategic partnerships
Table 1
Sourcing and using waste streams
José Ramos, President, Visel Biofuels
Table 1
Sustainability metrics
Chris Sayner, Vice President, Customer Alliances, Corporate Sustainability, Croda International Plc
  Table 2
Moving from research to development
Table 2
Image, PR, and green credentials
Mark Simmers, CEO, Celtic Renewables
Table 2
Getting consumers to think about sustainability
18:10 BIO-BASED WORLD NEWS AWARDS
Bio-Based World News is your essential guide to the latest news and business developments in the rapidly growing bio-based industry. The news portal features dedicated daily content, features, exclusive interviews and a Quarterly magazine all produced by our in house editorial team. The awards honour key innovations making breakthroughs and transforming our industry.

Award Catergories
• Sustainable Product of the year
• Bio-Based innovation of the year
• Individual innovator of the year
18:25 Networking Drinks Reception and end of day one

 

    Day 2
8:30 Registration
9:30 Welcoming address
  ROOM 1
  BRANDS AND PRODUCERS PANEL: COLLABORATING ACROSS THE VALUE CHAIN TO CREATE SUSTAINABILITY SOLUTIONS
Bio-based chemicals are competing against well-established oil-based materials, and without support and engagement success will be tough. There needs to be a dialogue and exchange along the value chain and in particular between end users and the producers of bio-based materials. In this session, leading brands and chemicals manufacturers will come together to discuss where they can link up and where the opportunities lie.

• Educating brands about the opportunities offered by bio-based and the challenges faced in bringing chemicals to market.
• How can producers and end users work together to create quality specifications, tests, and performance metrics that suit bio-based materials?
• What levels of cost savings/performance advantages are needed to make bio-based chemicals an exciting and viable alternative?
• Identifying commercial niches that bio-based products can fill.
• Finding the right bio-based and sustainable ingredients to meet consumer needs.

Jean-Luc Dubois, Scientific Director, Arkema
Darcy Prather, President, Kalion Inc.
Marcel Lubben, President, Reverdia

10:40 Networking coffee break
  BIO-BASED CHEMICALS BIO-FUELS SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS
  PROCESS EFFICIENCY, RESEARCH, AND INNOVATION
For any company producing bio-based materials and products, process efficiency is immensely important. Getting this right is the key to being cost competitive and building a solid platform for growth. This session will look at new and evolving technologies to make the production process cheaper and reach commercial scalability.
INNOVATING TO ADAPT TO THE EVOLVING FUELS LANDSCAPE
Bio-fuels producers are facing regulatory, commercial, and PR pressures to change their business models. This session will look at how new technologies can enable producers to use second generation feedstocks and reach a wider market through drop-in fuels.
UNDERSTANDING AND ENGAGING WITH THE CUSTOMER BASE
Yes, consumers are becoming more aware of sustainability. But this doesn’t necessarily translate to a business case. How do brands gear their business models to take advantage of these opportunities, and how can sustainability confer a commercial advantage beyond just a green principle?
11:25 Producing cost-advantaged building blocks and polymers for cheaper production
If bio-based alternatives are to compete with traditional, oil based chemicals, they must do so on either cost or performance. This presentation will identify where savings can be made in order to develop quality chemicals at an attractive price-point.
David Sudolsky, Chief Executive Officer, Anellotech

Tapping into an underutilised resource: municipal solid waste
• Creating clean fuels from waste streams.
• Towards a truly circular economy.
• Developing partnerships with logistics and waste management companies.
Jim Macias, Founder & CEO, Fulcrum Bioenergy

Defining the target market for bio-based products
• Sustainable choices: a luxury or a key buying factor?
• What customer segments buy bio-based products?
• Choosing the right channels and locations to sell sustainable products
11:40

Competing in a changing business environment: the new rules
• When cost cutting is necessary but not enough, what is available?
• The ’New Rules of Thumb’ for competitive advantage
• Using digital tools as servants, not masters, to support key advantage
Petri Vasara, Vice President and Head of Global Consulting Practice, Poyry

Case study: Commercial production of cellulosic ethanol from waste
• Optimising the value from waste material.
• Disrupting the traditional waste land-fill and incineration models.
• Commercialising the waste to fuels process
Tim Cesarek, SVP Business Development, Enerkem

Creating a green image for your brand
• Telling sustainability stories: creating the right narrative for your bio-based product
• Beyond bio-based: what other sustainability considerations do customers care about?
• Defining your online presence: Using social media and digital channels.
11:55

Process innovation to reduce waste and get more from bio-mass.
The hard truth of bio-based products: customers will not pay more.
Innovations to reduce costs while maintaining safety and quality levels. 
Arunas Chesonis,
CEO, Sweetwater Energy Inc

Case study: Partnering to prepare the business case for a waste to jet fuels plant in the UK
• Aviation as the key target market for a sustainable bio-fuels industry
• Building a partnership across the value chain
• Conducting the initial feasibility phase of the project
Neville Hargreaves, Business Development Director, Velocys

Educating consumers about bio-based alternatives
• What should you emphasize about your product? Is green always the right message?
• Communicating the benefits of bio-based clearly in marketing and branding messages.
• Involving customers in your sustainability journey – using campaigns and social media to drive awareness.
12:10 Case study: Why Total believes in bio-based
• Changing market factors in a traditionally oil-dominated industry.
• The opportunities and challenges of making the move into bio-based solutions.
• How can Total’s products help customers achieve their sustainability goals without compromising on performance?
Clarisse Doucet, R&D Prospective Innovation manager, Total Special Fluids

Unlocking the potential of ligno-cellulosic biomass
• Agri-waste as an under-used, underutilised resource
• Maximising the conservation of energy in the final product to meet large-scale demand • Evaluating the value-added compounds that can be derived from lignocellulosic biomass.
Senior representative, Axens


Tailoring sustainability solutions to customer needs
How to talk to customers about sustainability?
Identifying a customer’s sutainability goals
Mapping a path to sustainability – balancing price and performance
Reyna Bryan, Director of Strategy, Elk Packaging

 

Topic TBC
Tom Beardslee, Vice President, Research and Development, Verdezyne

Commercialising production of bio-methanol
• Efficient production and greater yields
• Achieving value from second generation
• What is the future potential of biomethanol?
Per Sune Koustrup, CEO and Co-Founder, Nordic Green APS

 Case study: Can we make sustainability an option for everyone?
• Do price sensitive customers still care about sustainability?
• Employing bio-based solutions at the same quality and price.
• Can bio-based materials be cheaper than traditional alternatives?
12:25 Panel discussion: Competing with fossil-based chemicals
• Can bio-based producers reduce costs and also increase margins?
• What’s the role for automation in delivering efficiencies?
• Repurposing existing technologies and facilities for new technologies.
David Sudolsky, Chief Executive Officer, Anellotech
Petri Vasara, 
Vice President and Head of Global Consulting Practice, Poyry
Arunas Chesonis, 
CEO, Sweetwater Energy Inc
Clarisse Doucet, 
R&D Prospective Innovation manager, Total Special Fluids
Tom Beardslee, 
Vice President, Research and Development, Verdezyne
Panel discussion: Engineering bio-fuels for the future
• What are the technologies most likely to be successful?
• Innovating to increase volumes and reduce cost of production.
• Getting more out of waste streams
Senior representative, Axens
Per Sune Koustrup, 
CEO and Co-Founder, Nordic Green APS
Neville Hargreaves, 
Business Development Director, Velocys
Tim Cesarek, 
SVP Business Development, Enerkem
Jim Macias,
 Founder & CEO, Fulcrum Bioenergy
Panel discussion: Getting the messaging right
• Knowing your customer: who buys green?
• Maximising social media and digital channels for marketing and branding.
• In some cases does green carry with it negative connotations of lower quality?
Reyna Bryan, Director of Strategy, Elk Packaging
12:55 NETWORKING LUNCH
  ROOM 1 ROOM 2 ROOM 3
  SCALE-UP AND COMMERCIALISATION
Building the right business platform to take the business to the next level is one of the hardest challenges we face. Commercial skills are needed to blend with the scientific expertise, while scale-up presents new and unforeseen challenges.

MARKET OPPORTUNITIES FOR BIO-FUELS
As electric vehicles gain increasing acceptance among private car owners, bio-fuels must look to new markets for their product. The most likely consumers are long distance transportmodes such as surface freight and air transport. This session will look at the individual needs of different sectors.
DEVELOPING INNOVATIVE AND VALUE ADDED GREEN PRODUCTS
A sustainable product will only reach commerical success with the right messaging in a recepive market. If your bio-based products are more expensive there needs to be a reason for the price tag beyond “the green factor”, for consumers to choose your product.
 14:10 From pilot plant to commercial scale: reducing the time to market
• Co-operation and joint development of industrial processes among SMEs.
• Incubating innovation and new technology development.
• Putting the right technology and processes in place to make your project a success.
Joachim Schulze, Managing Director, EW Biotech
Evolving alongside the rise of the electric vehicle: Strategic changes needed for bio-fuels to flourish
• What is the fuels market set to look like in 5-10 year’s time?
• Which sectors offer the most promise and what are the individual challenges of each sector?
• What new technologies and products are needed for bio-fuels to tap into these market segments?
Thomas Parsons, Biofuels Commercial Development Project Manager and Analyst, Air BP

Cellulose an abundant super material for added value green products
Tiina Nakari-Setälä, Vice President Research, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd

14:25  Case study: Enzymatic PET recycling processes: enabling the circular economy
• An overview of the global PET market
• Leveraging the properties of enzymes to extend the performance and life cycle of PET plastics
• Moving from a disruptive innovation to an industry leading technology
Martin Stephan, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Carbios
Case study: Where can bio-fuels make a difference to Deutsche Post’s sustainable fleet operations?
Postal services are a major consumer of fuel, and the composition of the transport fleet is a major factor in reducing carbon emissions. This session will evaluate the many technology options available, from bike and electric vehicle to advanced bio-fuels.
Performance over the green factor: Making bio-based a USP
For many customers, sustainability is an added bonus which they won’t pay more for. Bio-based chemicals are able to deliver new capabilities unachievable with traditional oil-based materials. Yet how can brands bring these products to market and create the right message for the right audience?
14:40  Knowing your market: what need are you serving?
• Definining your target market.
• Creating a dialogue with brands and end users – overcoming misconceptions and resistance to bio-based.
• Targeted R&D to fill commercial niches and satisfy end user needs.
Patrick Schiffers, Chief Executive Officer, Synvina
Case study: How are bio-fuels helping the air transport sector cut emissions by up to 80%?
Air travel accounts for a growing percentage of global emissions output, and the introduction of bio-fuels has the potential to have a great impact on the indsutry’s carbon footprint. This case study will look at the launch of an aviation biofuels programme and how it not only reduces carbon emissions but also protects the airline from losses due to volatile oil prices.
Case study: Renewable, high performance, and bio-degrable textiles inspired by spider’s silk
• What’s driving interest in bio-based fabrics?
• The performance enhancing characteristics of spider silk fibers – lighter and more durable than alternative fibres.
• Renewable and bio-degradable: the environmentally friendly credentials of the product.
14:55  Gaining market access for bio-based materials
• What are the potential barriers to market entry?
• Successfully applying for and receiving patents for bio-based chemicals.
• Navigating the testing and certification mine field.
Christian Kemp Griffin, Executive Director and CEO, Cellucomp
Case study: The advantages of bio-methane for both sustainability and the bottom line.
Sustainability can go hand in hand with commercial drivers. In this session, Justin Laney will explain how the adoption of bio-methane in John Lewis’ haulage operations has made its fleet cleaner, quieter, and cost efficient.
Case study: From cow to catwalk: using up waste milk to create safe and luxurious clothing
• How can bio-based technology reduce food waste?
• Regenerated protein fibres from milk: what is the value for customers?
• “So nautral you can eat it”: Ensuring production with 100% natural and renewable resources.
15:10  Panel discussion: Achieving commercial success
• Testing, R&D, and proof of concept: the unique challenges of bringing bio-based chemicals to scale
• Are there ways of shortening the scale-up process?
• What skills are needed to take a product from land to brand?
Christian Kemp Griffin, Executive Director and CEO, Cellucomp
Patrick Schiffers, 
Chief Executive Officer, Synvina
Martin Stephan,
 Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Carbios
Joachim Schulze, 
Managing Director, EW Biotech 
Panel discussion: Opportunities and new markets for bio-fuels
• What is the future for bio-fuels consumption?
• How can bio-fuels save customers money?
• What are the advantages and disadvantages of bio-fuels compared to other options on the market?
• What changes are needed to increase uptake of bio-fuels?
Thomas Parsons, Biofuels Commercial Development Project Manager and Analyst, Air BP
Panel discussion: Opportunities and new uses for bio-based materials
• What new performance capabilities can bio-based chemicals deliver?
• Identifying opportunities in the market.
• Bringing a new product to market: efficiency in the R&D and testing phases.
Tiina Nakari-Setälä, Vice President Research, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd
15:40 NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
  ROOM 1
  THE FUTURE OF THE BIO-ECONOMY: LESSONS LEARNED
This session will bring together the themes discussed across the conference so far and look to tie together some of the themes and solutions offered by the speakers and audience members during the sessions. This will provide an excellent platform on which to build at next year’s World Bio Markets.

• What are the biggest challenges faced across the bio-economy?
• Which feedstocks offer the greatest promise for security, sustainability, and commercial value?
• What is needed to link up the value chain?
• How should the bio-based industry engage with the public?
• For how long will producers of bio-based chemicals and fuels rely on subsidies and government handouts?
• Is commercial success in sight? How can we get there?
• What will the bio-economy look like in 5 years’ time?
16:00 PANELLISTS
16:30 CLOSING ADDRESS
16:40 NETWORKING DRINKS RECEPTION
   Day 3
9:30 Registration
  Professional Development Workshops
  The workshop sessions offer a perfect platform for interaction, debate and best practice sharing. Following the moderators' introductory presentation, attendees will sit on tables of no more than 10 delegates led by specialist facilitators and work on the specific problems presented on their tables. The groups will identify their main challenges and come up with some suggested solutions. The groups will then feedback these to the other audience members so that they can take the ideas back to improve their businesses.
  ROOM 1 ROOM 2
  COMMERCIAL WORKSHOPS TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOPS
  Aimed at business leaders, from CEOs to BD heads and Commercial Managers, the workshops in this stream will equip you with the right tools for bringing a product to market. Ideal for R&D Heads, Chief Scientific Officers, and Development Heads, this stream will look in depth at cutting edge processes and technologies with the potential to revolutionise the production of fuels and chemicals; making them cheaper and more sustainable to produce.

10:00 Navigating the investment landscape
• A look at investment criteria.
• Sources of finance: Evaluating the options available.
• Seeking and pitching for investment: how to go about it?                                                         
Enzymes as a means of more efficient and environmentally friendly production
Chemical production is an often time consuming, expensive, and energy intensive processes that have negative environmental consequences. Enzymes have advantageous properties that when introduced can simplify reactions and reduce energy consumption. In this workshop, delegates will learn how to use enzymes effectively using computational models to predict their effects.
11:00 Networking coffee break  
11:30 Achieving proof of concept on an industrial scale
• Finding the funding and partners to reach the demonstration phase
• Pilot trials: what do investors and partners need to see to have confidence that a product can reach commercial scale?
• Sourcing cheap, readily available, and sustainable feedstock to support your scale-up process.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Synthetic biology: designing better chemicals and processes
This exciting technology has the potential to engineer organisms to achieve previously unseen capabilities such as improved performance properties, reduced cost of production, or greater yield. This session will explore how synthetic biology could improve your bottom line.
12:30 Networking lunch
13:30 Testing and certification: forging a smooth path to market
• Are chemical tests biased towards traditional chemicals?
• What levels of testing are necessary?
• How can producers make the testing process shorter and cheaper?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Closing the loop: making use of waste gases as a feedstock for a truly circular economy
Waste gases such as CO2 and methane can be sequestered and used in the production of bio-based chemicals and bio-fuels. With pressure on the bio-based sector to become more sustainable, these “third generation” feedstocks offer a new opportunity for producers to valorise waste. This workshop will evaluate the technologies and come to some solutions for the use of waste gases.
14:30 Networking coffee break  
15:00 Product development and commercialisation
• Finding the right commercial niche for your product.
• Working with end users on developing products to meet their needs.
• Balancing price and performance in production.                  
Optimising bio-refinery deployment
Numerous challenges still need to be addressed to achieve reliable and continuous operation of bio-refineries that effectively compete with the refining and petrochemical industry. This workshop will look at the current capabilities, barriers, and opportunities for integrated biorefineries working to produce bio-fuels and bio-based chemicals.
16:00 End of World Bio Markets