Bio-Based Chemicals: News

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Bio-Based Chemical Import Replacement Initiative - New report released.
This report looks at the potential for upgrading bioresources to useful chemicals by providing background market information on the industry, examining chemicals of interest for bio-production, and presenting the potential opportunities for biochemicals development in Alberta.

World Congress 2013 a Success For Specialty Chemicals.
World Congress 2013 featured over 1,200 attendees from more than 35 countries with Plenary and Breakout Sessions featuring key thought leaders, including the “Specialty Chemicals and Industrial Enzymes Destined for Food Ingredients, Cosmetics and Personal Care Sectors” Panel moderated by Kathy Lowther, ARD Lead - Specialty Chemical Ingredient Initiative (SCI). See Article “Advances in Specialty Chemicals and Industrial Enzymes Shine at BIO World Congress”

World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, Montreal, Quebec - June 16-19, 2013. The BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology is the world's largest industrial biotechnology event for business leaders, investors, and policy makers in biofuels, biobased products, and renewable chemicals.
Kathy Lowther, with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development has been invited to present at and moderate an international specialty chemical panel (June 19) entitled: “Specialty Chemicals and Industrial Enzymes Destined for Food Ingredients, Cosmetics and Personal Care Sectors”. Panel includes: Kathy Lowther, Lead - Specialty Chemical Ingredient Initiative (SCI)(also moderator) ; Neil Burns, CEO- P2 Science; Albert Soley- Lipotec; ; and Neil Goldsmith- Evolva; Anthony Pavel - Enzymes Technical Association (ETA).

Bio-Based Chemical Symposium: Connecting the Pieces -- an unprecedented success!
Goals and expectations were met and surpassed at the Bio-based Chemical Symposium held on November 27, 2012 in Calgary. With almost 70 participants in attendance, a wide representation of the bio-based chemical industry (industrial, specialty and clean energy applications) were truly “Connecting the Pieces” and discovering new collaborative opportunities for future success in this emerging bio-based industry.

The Symposium provided an ideal environment and platform where representatives of the industry (private companies, local, provincial and federal government, academia, funders, researchers) came together to learn from high profile speakers, in depth presentations and connect with key industry stakeholders/innovators and leaders, both in their own as well as related industries. The support from BioAlberta at the business exchange & industry roundtable and also the networking reception was very important and provided a unique, effective and energizing platform to exchange ideas, and- as a direct result-- the perfect opportunity for industry to make business connections and collaborations.

More information coming soon!

The symposium was jointly organized by Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development and Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education.

Sponsored in part by Growing Forward, A Federal-Provincial-Territorial Initiative

Connecting the Pieces

Cosmetic Industry Connects Newsletter
  • July 2012 - Spotlight on Dr. David Bressler, Executive Director Biorefining Conversions Network (BCN)
  • December 2011 - Spotlight on Stephanie Clendennen - Eastman Chemical Company
  • June 2011 – Spotlight on Cereal Protein and Cellulose Program (CP2) – Chen and Walkey
  • December 2010 – Spotlight on CEAPRO – Fielder
  • March 2010 – Spotlight on Dr. Feral Temelli – U of A
  • June 2009 – Spotlight on Botaneco Corp.
  • December 2008 – Spotlight on Newco Natural Body Care
  • April 2008 – Spotlight on Taiga BioActives
  • January 2008 – Spotlight on Eveline Charles
  • August 2007 – A look back to inaugural issue and conference in 2005
  • February 2007 – Dr. Stephen Greenberg visit to Alberta – Sr. VP Lipo Chemicals
  • November 2006 – Spotlight on International Laboratories Canada
  • August 2006 – Out-going mission to Estee Lauder Research Facilities,NY and AVEDA Headquarters, MN
  • May 2006 – Spotlight on Dr. Nam Fong Han – Natunola Health (international strategic advisor)
  • February 2006 – Team wins AAPEX bronze award
  • November 2005 – Spotlight on Paul P. Kolodziejczyk, New Crops and Crops from Bioprocessing at Olds College School of Innovation (OCSI
  • July 2005 – inaugural issue – Spotlight on “Cosmetic Industry Connects” conference – CEO, Gattefosse Canada

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