2017 Technology Challenges and Opportunities in Commercializing Industrial Biotechnology

September 17-19, 2017

This 3 day conference on Technology Challenges and Opportunities in Commercializing Industrial Biotechnology will take place at The Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa from September 17th to 19th  in Mission Bay San Diego,California.

Biobased production of industrial chemicals, fuels, and specialties (industrial biotech) has had many triumphant moments in the last few decades.  Along with these successes, however, industrial biotech has also faced and had to overcome challenges, disappointments, and delays.  We seem now to be at a turning point where regulatory and environmental factors, customer and consumer awareness, and technology progress are aligning – signaling and ushering in a golden era.  At this point, success for any biobased product should be viewed as a common achievement for all players in the field; it raises credibility and excitement across the industry, including with investors.  “Commercializing Industrial Biotechnology” is a workshop where industrial biotech thought leaders – in particular, those who have been through it all – will share their experiences and their views on current challenges. The outcome is a sharing of common learnings that can help us all advance further and together!  


Conference Chairs

  • Vineet Rajgarhia , Total
  • Joel Cherry, Amyris

Organizing Committee

  • Brian Davison, Oak Ridge National Lab 
  • Jeff Lievense, Genomatica
  • Doug Cameron, First Green Partners
  • Doug Rivers, Sunflwr, Inc

  • Kevin Madden, Ginkgo Bioworks

  • Todd Pray,, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory