BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced today that Iowa Governor Terry Branstad will deliver remarks during an opening plenary session at the BIO World Congress on Monday, July 20, 2015. The 2015 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology will be held July 19-22, 2015 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal in Montréal, Canada.

“Governor Terry Branstad is a true champion of our industry and the creation of a national biobased economy. He has voiced support for the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, advanced policies at the state level for a stronger rural bioeconomy and supported more research to advance second-generation biofuels,” said Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). “BIO could not imagine a better person than Governor Branstad to kick off the world’s largest conference on industrial biotechnology.”

“Governor Branstad has regularly provided leadership in articulating the importance of the biotechnology industry to our state,” said Joe Hrdlicka, executive director, Iowa Biotech Association. “We’re thrilled he will have the opportunity to share Iowa’s vision with such a critical industry event with an international audience.”

“Iowa is the nation’s premier leader in the renewable fuels industry and is capitalizing on its success in agriculture and its research capabilities in plant, animal and human biosciences to build a thriving biosciences industry within the state,” said Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. “Iowa’s bioscience enterprises are discovering the innovations that will spur future economic growth and create jobs, improving the quality of life for people on a global scale -- Governor Branstad is poised to tell our story.”

The plenary session that Gov. Brandstad will address, State and Regional Approaches to Developing the Biobased Economy, includes a panel of global government representatives who will discuss current industry trends in their regions, policies driving accomplishments, or stalling growth in this sector. The Plenary will be moderated by James C. Greenwood, President and CEO, Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).

 Panelist include:

  • Terry Branstad, Governor of Iowa, United States
  • Pramod Chaudhari, Executive Chairman, Praj Industries Limited
  • Barend Verachtert, Deputy Head of Biotechnologies Unit, European Commission
  • Bernardo Silva, Executive President, Brazilian Industrial Biotechnology Association (ABBI)

All programs at the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology are open to members of the media. Complimentary media registration is available to editors and reporters working full time for print, broadcast or web publications with valid press credentials.

Source: Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
Date: Apr 10, 2015