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Track 1 Session Details

AFCC Conference Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions are 90 minutes, each one has one moderator with a maximum of four to five speakers.

 

Breakout sessions will be focused on the following five subject areas:

 

 

Track 1 Breakout Session Details

Biobased Manufacturing: Renewable Chemicals, Bioplastics, Biomaterials Creating a Cleaner Planet

This Track is Sponsored by:

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Monday, November 13, 2023

All sessions for this Track will be held in Baltimore 1

 

Session 1: 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM: Low Carbon Intensity (CI Score) Biobased Products from Waste Carbon Fermentations

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Moderator: Joel Stone, President and Executive Director, Climate Systems Solutions

Speakers:

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Tom Dower

VP Policy

Lanzatech

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Cesar Granda

VP of Technology Innovation & IP

BioVeritas

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Molly Morse

CEO

Mango Materials

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David Tze

CEO

NovoNutrients

Can we produce valuable consumer, industrial, every day materials, and food products that offer a low carbon intensity score by using waste carbon as a feedstock for fermentations? The answer is: Absolutely yes and we will discuss how some of these companies are progressing.  Join this diverse panel of thought leaders in Waste Carbon Fermentations and delivering on ideas and solutions to supply value added products and materials while sequestering carbon with its use as a carbon feedstock. We will discuss different perspectives about how fermentation solutions that have an influence in meeting a net negative carbon economy using industrial biotechnology through fermentation. These technologies are taking advantage of the power of fermentation with efficient productivity metrics that offer diverse solutions towards a common goal of carbon consumption and emission reductions to improve the environment while delivering low CI score products.

Session 2: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM: Future Feedstocks: C1 and C2 Liquids for Fermentation and Sustainable Chemistry

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Moderator: Doug Cameron, Co- President & Director, First Green Partners

Speakers:

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Ramon Gonzalez

Chief Scientific Officer

Mojia Bio

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Amit Hasabnis

Director, Process Development

Viridis Chemicals

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Robert Osborne

Director, Biorefining Application Research

Novozymes

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Benjamin Woolston

Assistant Professor

Northeastern University

This panel will address the use of C1 and C2 liquids as feedstocks for fermentation and sustainable chemistry. In particular, it will focus on methanol, formic acid, ethanol, and acetic acid. All of these molecules have been used as fermentation and chemical feedstocks over the years. For example, methanol was the feedstock for one of the world’s largest commercial fermentations, the ICI single cell protein process in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Interest is growing in such feedstocks for a range of reasons. They can be derived from a variety of abundant, sustainable sources including biomass, municipal waste, syngas, and CO2. Mixing and mass transfer are easy relative to feedstocks like methane and syngas. They are clean relative to biomass hydrolysates, thus simplifying downstream processing. In the case of ethanol, there is a large existing industry which will need to adjust to the adoption of electric vehicles. Methanol production is expected to grow with its adoption as a fuel for ocean transport. Challenges for this transition will also be discussed, including the toxicity, flammability, and cost of these feedstocks.

Session 3: 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM: Business Strategies for Biomaterials

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Moderator: Rick Eno, Managing Partner, York Growth Partners

Speakers:

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Brian Gordon 
President and Chief Operating Officer

Verde

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Michael Saltzberg

CEO

CovationBio

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Max Senechal

CCO and SVP

CJ Biomaterials

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Phil Van Trump

Chief Technology Officer Danimer Scientific

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Jon Veldhouse

CEO

Qore 

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Jill Zullo

Interim President & CEO

NatureWorks

There is a strong need for collaboration across a broad range of companies and technology disciplines to create sustainable value and build the circular biobased economy with practical solutions.  There is a stronger desire for building partnerships across the value chain to create biobased products for consumer acceptance with low carbon intensity. The leaders in this panel are partnering with organizations who share commitment to sustainability and continue in developing strategies for lowering emissions and displacing incumbent products.  Together, they bring better ideas to market, provide high performance biomaterials, and continue to grow the industrial biotechnology sector.

Session 4: 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM: Biobased Manufacturing: Biosynthetic & Textile Innovation

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Moderator: Bob Rozmiarek, Vice President, Strategy & Business Analysis, Virent

Speakers: TBD

Driving innovation within biobased manufacturing requires bold goals, investments, and action. The innovators on this panel are leaders in the biosynthetic and textile industry and continue to challenge the status quo to meet aggressive reduction ta-+rgets and lead the transition towards petroleum-alternative materials. Virent's BioForming® sugar to aromatics (S2A) technology is being jointly developed by Virent and our engineering and technology partner, Johnson Matthey. The proprietary BioForming® S2A technology provides the leading option to serve the large and growing chemical markets for 100% biobased plastics, fibers, and films. Virent has had multiple successful demonstrations using our 100% plant-based paraxylene. In collaboration with Toray Industries, Inc., our BioPX was used to manufacture Patagonia’s SugarDown Hoody, the company’s first insulation product to use bio-based technology. Our cutting-edge technology was also used to create 100% plant-based material for the Resonant Suit PB as part of the Issey Miyake Spring Summer 2023 collection presented at Paris Fashion Week. Ongoing biomanufacturing development is critical to serving the large and growing renewable markets. Industry partnerships and advances in biomanufacturing will allow companies represented in this panel to execute successful demonstrations using innovative biomaterials materials to reduce GHG emissions while offering the same versatility and performance as petroleum counterparts.

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

All sessions for this Track will be held in Baltimore 1

Session 5: 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM: Advancements in the Production of Bioplastics and Biomaterials

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Moderator:  Ramani Narayan, Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University

Speakers:

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Jacqueline Amable
CEO

Matereal

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Kelly Knopp

Principal & Founder

Citroniq Chemicals

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Pramod Kumbhar
President and Chief Technology Officer

Praj Matrix

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Daniel MacEachran

Global Head of Biotechnology

Braskem America

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Amar Mohanty 
Distinguished Research Chair in Sustainable Biomaterials, Ontario Agriculture College (OAC)

University of Guelph

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Lauren Scott

Director of Corporate Affairs

CJ Biomaterials

Jacqueline Amable, CEO, Matereal

Introducing Matereal--Real Solutions for Real World Problems

The invention of plastics in the 20th century changed life in countless ways, enabling the lifestyles we take for granted. But they have also caused multiple problems that are becoming a crisis in this century. They have increased our dependence on petroleum and caused great ecological harm as products containing plastics fill our landfills, accumulate in our waterways and break down into micro and nanoparticles with yet unknown effects on life on the planet. Matereal has identified paths to reverse this trend by introducing Polaris, a renewable, biodegradable replacement for polyurethane that eliminates the use of toxic isocyanates. Though our technology can help solve some of the problems with plastics, they can also exacerbate other issues, such as the diversion of farmland and foodstuffs to make petroleum replacements. And so Matereal is unveiling its Farm-to-Plastics™ concept, a circular soil-to-soil integrated approach that drives regenerative farming methods for feedstock production, increased reliance on agricultural and plastic wastes, and polymer biodegradation in service to soil maintenance using AI as a tool for data organization and experimental design. In our presentation, we will describe our vision for the Farm-to-Plastics™ concept and show how we can achieve it using the versatile technology platform made possible by unique chemistry that forms the basis of the Polaris line of polymers.

 

Pramod Kumbhar, President and Chief Technology Officer, Praj Matrix

Biopolymers: Ensuring A Sustainable Future Through Advance Biorefinery Approach

Polymers touch every facet of human life with their versatile applications. The transition from conventional fossil-based polymers to biopolymers signifies a transformative shift from fossil-fuel dependency toward bio-based feedstocks. Advanced biorefinery complex is a pivotal platform for the efficient valorization of every component of biobased feedstocks to produce combination of biofuels & biopolymers. Biopolymer production demands an end-to-end approach comprising feedstock pre-processing, production technology combining fermentation and chemical synthesis, application development, and link to the market. This necessitates the integration of microbiology, molecular biology, chemistry, and chemical engineering expertise. With 4 decades of experience in technology development, demonstration Praj is well-poised to integrate all the facets of this approach. Two significant areas of commodity chemicals where biopolymers can make a dent are Plastics and synthetic rubber. The functionality of bioplastics and its biodegradable nature make it an attractive alternative to conventional plastics. Polylactic acid (PLA) and Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) are versatile biopolymers with various applications in packaging for food, personal care products, and agriculture. Biobutadiene is a renewable and bio-based alternative to petroleum-derived butadiene, a vital component in the production of synthetic rubbers. Biobutadiene offers a alternative to the extremely volatile butadiene supply chain. In short, Biopolymers have a promising potential to become sustainable alternatives to conventional polymers. Through the integrated advanced biorefinery approach, biofuels & biopolymers will offer a greener and more resilient bioeconomy.

 

Amar Mohanty, Distinguished Research Chair in Sustainable Biomaterials, Ontario Agriculture College (OAC), University of Guelph

Bioplastics and Sustainable Biomaterials for a Circular Economy

Building a more resilient, circular, and low-carbon economy is at the core of world’s target in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, we are facing harmful environmental effects created by accumulation of plastics. While plastics found many applications that benefit food preservation and lower the transportation costs, the lack of plastic waste management is creating a pervasive environmental pollution. Today, we consume micro-plastics (<5 mm in size) in our water and in fish on our plate! The questions is, can we harness the benefits that plastic brings to the society, without harmful waste? We desperately need a “Second Age of Plastics” with new materials that can answer the needs of today and not jeopardize tomorrow’s generations. We have been developing plastics with lower carbon footprint that we call “Sustainable Polymers”. Our sustainable materials support Circular Economy and include polymers and their composites from wastes, recycled materials, bio-renewables and their combinations. Four key initiatives that can promote better use of sustainable materials in the markets include: 1. Regulatory framework to support bioplastics and sustainable materials; 2. Carbon tax credits that incentivize industry to lower their carbon footprint, with a clearly defined scientific criteria for life cycle analysis used to determine the carbon footprint for industry; 3. Consumer education with clear, simple and certified labels that prevent confusion and promote consistency at the consumer level; 4. Understanding the harm created by not using bioplastics and sustainable materials, in regards to the carbon footprint.

Lauren Scott, Director of Corporate Affairs, CJ Biomaterials

From Voices to Victory: Biomaterials Advocacy in a Dynamic Policy Landscape

Exploring the intricate landscape of bioplastics regulations, this presentation paints a landscape of the current policy environment and outlines key strategies for industry engagement. With a focus on state and federal policies, and their intersection, the presentation offers valuable insights for the bioplastics’ industry's future success.

Session 6: 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM: The Role of Biotech in Building a More Sustainable Economy

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Moderator: Kathryn Sheridan, CEO, Sustainability Consult

Speakers:

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Sébastien Hulin, Biotechnology Research Leader, Michelin

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Matthew Lipscomb, CEO, DMC Biotechnologies

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Damien Perriman, Senior VP, Specialty Products, Geno

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Evan Savell, Investor, Conti Ventures

 

We need to rapidly deploy solutions which support consumer choices and help brands make more sustainable products available globally. Renewable chemicals are an important part of the solution to decarbonize and some proven technologies exist today, including at commercial scale. This panel will look at the role of renewable chemicals in building a more sustainable economy for the future. The panelists will discuss what will have to be true for biomanufacturing to have a material and positive impact on the economy and decarbonization, including the need to rapidly scale technologies and the potential to achieve widespread adoption. This no-nonsense panel with industry leaders will examine the factors working in the industry’s favor today and the obstacles slowing it down. Moderated by bioeconomy communications consultant Kathryn Sheridan, our panelists will lift the lid on the mess we’re in - from the climate emergency to the capacity crunch for scaling up biotechnology solutions - and share their thoughts and stories on the challenges and opportunities facing the industry today.

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