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The 12th Annual World Congress On Industrial Biotechnology was held by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) on July 19-22, 2015, in Montréal. Lynn L. Bergeson offered opening remarks at the Women in Industrial Biotechnology Reception, sponsored by BRAG, and spoke on the importance of continuing to fight for gender equality for women working in science and other fields. Ms. Bergeson also opened the Renewable Chemicals and Biobased Materials track, in which Richard E. Engler, Ph.D. presented "TSCA and the Regulation of Biofuels" and "Leveraging 'Green' for Visibility."

Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech, was presented the Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology at the BIO World Congress. The award celebrates a pioneering woman in the industrial biotechnology sector who has made significant contributions to the advancement of the biobased economy and biotech innovation in honor of Rosalind Franklin. Over 15 female leaders were nominated for the award, and Dr. Holmgren was selected as a result of her work as CEO of LanzaTech, a company that is developing the world's first alternative jet fuel from industrial waste gases using intermediates derived through industrial biotechnology. LanzaTech also won the 2015 Greener Synthetic Pathways Award as part of the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge for the novel use of waste gas to produce fuel. Dr. Holmgren's work in the advancement of industrial biotechnology was determined to embody the spirit of Rosalind Franklin and her pioneering role in the biotechnology field.


 

DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and the Clean Energy Research and Educational Foundation (CEREF) are co-hosting Bioenergy 2015: Opportunities in a Changing Energy Landscape, scheduled for June 23-24, 2015, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. This year's conference will focus on opportunities and challenges in our current highly dynamic energy ecosystem.

 

 

REGISTER FOR ABLC 2015

The Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference 2015 (ABLC 2015), to be held March 11-13, 2015, at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., is the gathering point for top leaders in the Advanced Bioeconomy -- bringing together the entire spectrum of advanced fuels, chemicals, and materials CEOs and senior executives, business development, R&D leaders, strategic partners, financiers, equity analysts, policymakers, and industry suppliers.

Kathleen M. Roberts, Executive Director of BRAG, will share her insights regarding the current regulatory landscape for biobased products during the opening panel of the conference, "ABLC Policy Outlook," alongside directors of the Advanced Biofuels Association, BIO, Algal Biomass Organization, the Advanced Ethanol Council, the National Biodiesel Board, and the American Council on Renewable Energy.

Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Policy Advisor for Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), will speak during the "Government Agency Outlook and Updates" session. Dr. Engler recently joined B&C after 17 years as senior staff scientist and leader of the Green Chemistry Program in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT). Dr. Engler's co-panelists include speakers from DOE, USDA, and the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

 

 

The 6th Annual Next Generation Biobased and Sustainable Chemicals Summit took place this week in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Summit was co-located with the InformEx Fine and Specialty Chemical Conference, which provided expanded programming and exposure to a larger audience. Senior executives from Verdezyne, Elevance Renewable Sciences, Lanzatech, Succinity, Novasep, Corbion Purac and more joined with researchers, financiers, and feedstock providers to discuss current developments and challenges and map out a clear path for commercialization.

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.'s (B&C®) Senior Policy Advisor Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., led a lively discussion on the viability and commercial advantages/disadvantages of a variety of renewable feedstocks with Clement Choy, Ph.D., Senior Director, Product Innovation and Advanced Technology of consumer goods brand Seventh Generation; Stafano Facco, New Business Development Director at European bioplastics company Novamont SpA; Stacy Jordahl, Vice President, Bio Refining and Emerging Technologies, for MeadWestVaco's Specialty Chemicals Division; Ray Miller, Chief Business Officer for Verdezyne, a company making biochemicals via proprietary fermentation technology; and John Shaw, CEO of Itaconix Corp., which makes specialty chemicals from itaconic acid produced from biobased feedstocks via fermentation.

The speakers provided candid feedback on the impact of reduced oil prices and the volatility of that market on their particular product lines. They also provided unique insight in value chain interactions and customer needs related to biobased products.

Kathleen M. Roberts, Executive Director of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) and program advisor for the Summit, reported that the program allowed for robust dialogue among varied biobased industry stakeholders, thus facilitating participants' further understanding of the challenges faced by the diverse groups represented at the Summit, and their interest in expanding the biobased market.

Engler and Roberts will both be speaking at next month's ABLC 2015 in Washington, D.C., a gathering of over 400 of the leaders in the advanced bioeconomy -- biofuels, biochemicals, policy, finance, and government -- organized and presented by Biofuels Digest. Register for this important conference online.

 

 

Many of the top policymakers, leaders, and stakeholders in the bioeconomy gathered in San Francisco this week for ABLCNext. The Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group's (BRAG®) Executive Director Kathleen Roberts participated in the opening panel of the conference, "US Elections, What Happened, What Now," where she and other trade group leaders discussed likely impacts on the bioeconomy with the swing toward Republicans in federal and state races. Regarding the outlook for reform of TSCA with the new Congress, Roberts stated "given the complexity of the existing TSCA regulations and the limited time for the new leadership in Congress to make their mark before the next election season arrives, it seems unlikely that anyone would choose TSCA reform as his/her champion cause. That being said, biobased industry representatives should engage in conversing with key D.C. stakeholders in an effort to ensure their elected officials understand the ramifications of TSCA on their businesses."


ABLCNext progenitor Biofuels Digest revealed the "30 Hottest Companies in Biobased Chemicals & Materials for 2014-15," the "50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy for 2014-15," and the "40 Hottest Smaller Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy for 2014-15" at a reception and awards ceremony on Monday night, November 10, 2014. In recognition of their innovative technologies and thriving business models, BRAG members BASF (fourth), Elevance (seventh), and Novozymes (11th) all placed in the top 15 on the biobased chemicals list, and showed strongly on the bioenergy list, with Novozymes at fourth, BASF at 15th, and Elevance at 25th.
 


 

One of the highlights of the year for the biobased and green chemistry community is the annual Green Chemistry and Engineering (GC&E) Conference hosted by the American Chemical Society's (ACS) Green Chemistry Institute (GCI). It is the longest running green chemistry conference in the U.S. and always attracts a prestigious line-up of scientists, advocates, business leaders, academics, and students who come together, compare findings, and discuss the science of the future. A rich treasure trove of videos, presentations, and photos has just been released from the 18th Annual conference, held June 17-19, 2014, in North Bethesda, Maryland, links to which are below.


* 2014 GC&E Conference Presentations -- 132 recorded presentations

* Endangered Elements: Critical Materials in the Supply Chain -- Recorded live broadcast

* ACS Digital Publishing Lab Videos -- Select mini-presentations recorded at the conference

* 2014 GC&E Conference Photos -- Pictures from the conference, student workshop, and ACS GCI Industrial Roundtable Poster Reception


The resources are divided by track:


* Consumer Products

* Critical Materials

* Design for Safer Chemicals

* Education

* Greener Processes

* Keynotes

* New Chemical Feedstocks

* Organic Chemistry

* Policy and Innovation


Make sure to check out presentations from the BRAG-hosted workshop titled "Regulatory Landscape and Implications for Innovation." Presentations included "Setting Up a New Trend in EPA PMNs -- Using the P2 Page to Your Company's Advantage" by Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner of B&C, and "Regulatory Approvals: The Gatekeepers to Commercialization" by Andy Shafer, Executive Vice President (EVP) of Elevance Renewable Sciences, a BRAG member company.


Don't forget to mark your calendars for the 19th Annual GC&E Conference, July 14-16, 2015, in the Washington, D.C. area! BRAG will again be a sponsor. A call for papers will be sent in early January 2015.
 


 

BRAG affiliate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is a sponsor of the Prop 65 Clearinghouse Green Chemistry Conference on September 16, 2014, at the Merchants Exchange Building in San Francisco, California. B&C's James V. Aidala will take part in the panel discussion "TSCA Update: Regulatory Life Beyond This Year's Stalled Legislation," and B&C's Lisa R. Burchi will participate in the "Supply Chain: New Pushes by Retailers" session. Other sessions include "California Safer Consumer Products Program: More Questions Than Answers?," "State of the States' Chemical Policies," and "Alternatives Assessment 101." More information and registration details are available online.


 

This week, DOE hosted its seventh annual biomass conference. This year's conference focused on "Growing the Future Bioeconomy." Over 500 attendees from throughout the country and around the world gathered in Washington, D.C. to discuss challenges and opportunities facing the industry. Keynote speakers included U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy from DOE, and Kate Brandt from the Federal Environmental Executive, Council on Environmental Quality. Policy and technology innovations were discussed in breakout sessions with a focus on how to best position the bioeconomy for future growth. While biofuels were a focus of this conference, there was also interest in other bioproducts that can further grow the bioeconomy. This was explored in a breakout session titled "Integration of Supply Chains II: Bioproducts -- Enabling Biofuels and Growing the Bioeconomy," where industry professionals and researchers discussed how increasing production and commercialization of bioproducts can bring in more revenue while also spurring the production of biofuels. Photos, quotes, and insights shared by a variety of sources can be found on Twitter by searching #biomass2014. A copy of the conference agenda is available online. Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) were proud sponsors of Biomass 2014.


 

The 4th Annual Safer Consumer Products Summit was held May 6-8, 2014, in Santa Clara, California, and with the first draft Priority Products (PP) having been announced by California's Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) in March 2014, the regulators, manufacturers, brand owners, and retailers gathered for the Summit were able to engage in substantive and practical discussion and learn from case studies on California's implementation of the Safer Consumer Products Regulations (SCPR), the most expansive Green Chemistry law in the world. B&C was the Platinum sponsor of the Summit.


Summit Chair Lynn L. Bergeson introduced Meredith Williams, Ph.D., DTSC Deputy Director, who gave the Keynote Address. Dr. Williams discussed DTSC's decision-making process with regard to its three selections in its draft initial PP list (paint and varnish strippers, and surface cleaners containing methylene chloride; spray polyurethane foam systems containing unreacted diisocyanates; and children's foam-padded sleeping products containing tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCPP)) and other DTSC efforts, including its development of a work plan identifying potential future PPs and guidance for companies to prepare "Alternatives Analysis" assessments. DTSC also held on May 7, 2014, the first of three workshops related to its draft initial PPs. The other two workshops are scheduled for May 28, 2014, and June 4, 2014. B&C's memorandum on the draft PP list is available online.


Lisa R. Burchi, Of Counsel with B&C, moderated a panel discussion focused on the immediate challenges of complying with SCPR, including panelists from the consulting and legal community, as well as Chin Kuay, Senior Manager, Regulatory Compliance, Office Depot, and Mary-Ann Warmerdam, Regulatory Affairs Leader, Global Stewardship, The Clorox Company. The panel discussed immediate steps manufacturers and retailers are taking, how companies can prepare their long-lead-time products without knowing if or when they might be affected by a PP listing, and what steps companies should consider if there is confidential information they need to protect.


The afternoon session Keynote Address was made by Jim Jones, EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), who provided an overview of the federal chemicals management program, and the many critically important initiatives that OCSPP is spearheading to give expression to the Obama Administration's commitment to improving chemical safety.


For copies of Dr. Williams', Mr. Jones', and other presentations made at the Summit please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
 


 

The BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, being held May 12-15, 2014, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the world's largest industrial biotechnology event for business leaders, investors, and policy makers in biofuels, biobased products, and renewable chemicals. BRAG and B&C will present a practical workshop to fully inform, equip, and assist renewable chemical producers in finding the path of least resistance on the road to commercialization.


"Commercializing Renewable Chemicals and Biobased Products: The Importance of Successfully and Efficiently Navigating the Regulatory Process"
Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Moderator: Lynn Bergeson, B&C


David Widawsky, Director - Economics, Exposure, and Technology Division, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT), EPA, Manager of the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards


Tracy Williamson, Chief, Industrial Chemistry Branch, OPPT, EPA


Frank Pacholec, VP R&D/Corporate Sustainability Officer, Stepan Company


Nancy Clark, DuPont Industrial Biosciences


Topics include:
* Overview of the 90-day EPA new chemical notification review process

* Filling out the premanufacture notification (PMN) form -- Top Ten Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

* Challenges posed by chemical identity/nomenclature under U.S. and European Union (EU) law

* Leveraging successfully pollution prevention benefits


For information and to register click here.
 


 
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