The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) has recently announced the industrial biotechnology companies that have been selected to showcase their new technologies, accomplishments and business models to leading investors and analysts at the BIO 9th  annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, to be held on April 29- May 2 in Orlando, FL.  

 Company executives from several companies including Virdia, Itaconix, Agrivida, Proterro, CO2 Solutions , Kiverdi , Cellana and Terrabon will make formal 25-minute presentations to spur investment opportunities and business partnerships.

 The BIO congress is a forum for networking and creating partnership opportunities as well as an exhibition of current technological trends and advancements aimed at delivering innovative technological solutions to the global market. Bringing together more than 1,000 innovative minds, this is the world’s largest industrial biotechnology event for business leaders, investors and policy makers in biofuels, biobased products, renewable chemicals, synthetic biology, food ingredients and biomass, with commercialization of advanced biofuels as this year’s prevailing theme.

 This will be the first year presenting an investor discussion panel to examine the biggest investment trends of 2012 and identify  investment opportunities and funding sources for clean tech business. The investor panel will be moderated by John May, of Stern Brothers & Co., and feature industry experts.

 Six breakout session tracks will be additionally featured, providing participants with a smaller group setting to address specific industry topics such as Advanced Biofuel Technologies; Algae and Feedstock Crops; Renewable Chemical Platforms and Biobased Materials; Specialty Chemicals; Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering; and Technical Presentations.

 A strong Canadian presence will be demonstrated at the congress with notable participants such as Ontario Agri-food Technologies, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development & Trade, The Chemical Institute of Canada, BIOTECanada, as well as the University of Waterloo and the University of Guelph among many others.