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Algae synthetic biology to be featured at BIO Pac Rim

October 11, 2013

The Biotechnology Industry Organization’s (BIO) 2013 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy will feature presentations on recent innovations in using synthetic biology for renewable chemicals and algae biofuels. Current uses of synthetic biology include engineering synthetic rubber to be used for tires, generating “green chemicals” from agricultural waste, and creating energy saving fuels. The Pacific Rim Summit will be co-organized by BIOCOM and held in San Diego, December 8-11, 2013 at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter.

With a complete track of breakout sessions on Synthetic Biology, Algae and Marine Biotechnology, the Pacific Rim Summit will showcase how advances in technology have allowed researchers to control DNA, making it easier to engineer cells to the desired end point; how recent progress in the understanding of the biological circuitry of algae and cyanobacteria has led to effective application of technologies used for food, feed, and medicine; and how the use of native biosynthetic pathways can achieve an increase of yields of desired products, such as renewable chemicals.

Featured Breakout Sessions Include:

Track 4: Synthetic Biology, Algae and Marine Biotechnology

New Approaches to Make Biology Easier to Engineer

  • Session 2: Monday, December 9 – 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Moderator: Vivek Mutalik, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
  • Vivek Mutalik, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
  • Tim Hsiau, University of California – Berkeley
  • James Carothers, University of Washington – Seattle
  • Mary Maxon, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (invited)

Metabolic Engineering of Aquatic Photosynthetic Organisms

  • Session 3: Monday, December 9 – 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Moderator: Peter Heifetz, Heifetz BioConsulting (invited)
  • Mark Hildebrand, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Margaret McCormick, Matrix Genetics, Inc
  • Thomas Fox, Los Alamos National Laboratory (invited)
  • Bertrand Vick, Aurora Algae, Inc (invited)

Biosynthetic Pathways to Desired Renewable Chemicals

  • Session 5: Tuesday, December 10 – 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Moderator: Jeff Ubersax, Amyris
  • Jeff Ubersax, Amyris
  • Liu Shuangping, Jiangnan University
  • Lisa Dyson, Kiverdi
  • Jianmin Xing, Institute of Process Engineering, CAS

Now in its eighth year, the Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy will address the latest issues in algae, advanced biofuels, biopolymers and bioplastics, dedicated energy crops, and green chemistry.

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