A new exhibition to be held in the spring aims to look at how industrial biotechnology is being used to transform chemical synthesis and other industrial processes.
The meeting aims to bring together representatives from the biotechnology, chemical and agriculture industries as well as government officials and academics, to explore how biotechnology has been transforming manufacturing processes, as well as looking at its environmental impact.
The first World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, organised by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, the American Chemical Society and the National Agriculture Biotechnology Council, will be held 21-23 April in Orlando, US.
"In the past three years, novel uses of genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics have revolutionized many aspects of our lives from how consumer goods are produced to chemical production and industrial manufacturing processes," said Brent Erickson, the BIO's vice president for industrial biotechnology.
"The convergence of biotechnology, agriculture and chemistry has created a business sector that can bring improvements to society in so many ways, and this conference will demonstrate exactly how."
The conference is designed to provide an overview of the technological developments and new trends in industrial biotechnology and examine the barriers that must be overcome to advance the concept of a bio-based economy.
Technical sessions will be run on topics such as biotechnology in manufacturing and synthesis, developments in the nanotechnology-biotechnology interface, and defense applications.
For more information about the conference, visit the BIO's website