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14 04, 2016

Before you go!

The 2016 SBFC Program Chairs, Program Co-­‐Chairs, Organizing Committee, SIMB Officers, Directors, and Staff are looking forward to seeing you next week at the 38th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals at the Hilton Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD, USA!

When you Arrive

Please stop by the SBFC Registration Desk in Key Ballroom South Foyer on the 2nd floor of the hotel to pick up your name badge, program, registration list, and other Symposium materials during on-site registration hours:
Monday, April 25: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday, April 26: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday, April 27: 7:00 AM – 12:00 NOON
Thursday, April 28: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

The official SBFC name badge must be worn during all SBFC sessions and activities.

One copy of the printed SBFC Program will be given to each registrant. We will not be able to replace a lost copy, but will refer anyone who has lost a program to the online program schedule at

Letter Certifying Presentation or Attendance

If you are an oral or poster presenter and require a letter certifying your attendance and participation, you may download a customized copy from the abstract site where you first submitted your abstract ( If you are not a presenter, please stop by the SBFC registration desk to request a letter that will be emailed to you following the Symposium.

Just Added

DOE Listening Session: Growing a Billion Ton Bioeconomy in the United States
Wednesday, April 27th in the Key Ballroom 3PM – 5PM

Poster Presenters

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11 04, 2016

Scott Award Winner 2016 – Charles Abbas

Charles Abbas

Charles received a B.S. in Microbiology from the U of Minnesota, an M.S. in Microbiology from the U. of Montana and completed a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Cell Science at the U. of Florida (Gainesville). He has over 28 years of experience in industrial biotechnology first working at Difco R & D in Ann Arbor, MI as a senior scientist, and as a group leader, manager and most recently as Director of Yeast and Renewables Research at Archer Daniels Midland in Decatur, IL.

Dr. Abbas is the author of over 100 abstracts, scientific articles, book chapters, review articles, patents and patent applications. He is considered a leading expert in yeast, large-scale industrial fermentations, and biorefining. Charles is credited for proposing the widely used biorefinery term in early 1990s to illustrate the bioprocessing of commodity crops to high value added products. His areas of expertise include: industrial biotechnology; fungal chemistry and biochemistry; biomass conversion; advanced biofuels and chemicals; bioprocessing of commodity crops and their residues to produce high value-added products; development of yeast strains for industrial fermentations; large-scale fermentation production of ethanol, polymers, amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, carotenoids and organic acids using bacterial, fungal, and algal systems.

11 04, 2016

Bioeconomy Award Winner 2016 – LanzaTech


LanzaTech, a company founded in New Zealand in 2005,  has developed a unique microbial capability that captures and recycles a broad spectrum of gases for fuel production. These robust microbes combined with innovative approaches in bioreactor design and process development have enabled rapid scale up to take place, with two 100,000 gallon/year demonstration scale facilities in China using steel mill waste gases for ethanol production. The first 3 commercial units are being built; in China with Shougang; in Taiwan with China Steel and in Belgium with the world’s largest steel maker, ArcelorMittal.

Across the supply chain, LanzaTech embodies the concept of the bioeconomy, by promoting a ‘carbon smart’ circular economy, where both gas providers and end users can choose to be resource efficient by recycling or “sequestering” carbon into new products rather than making them from new fossil resources. LanzaTech has partnered with 8 Global Fortune 500 Companies across a variety of sectors, including steel, chemicals, refining and aviation.

Lanzatech Logo

23 04, 2015

Before you go! (2015)

The 2015 SBFC Program Chairs, Program Co-Chairs, Organizing Committee, SIMB Officers, Directors, and Staff are looking forward to seeing you next week at the 37th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine in San Diego, CA, USA!

Transportation from San Diego International Airport (SAN) to the Hyatt La Jolla at Aventine

SIMB has negotiated a shared-ride shuttle discount for SBFC attendees who book service to and from the Hyatt Regency La Jolla on SuperShuttle The discount is $2.00 one way and $4.00 round trip. You may also call 1-800-blue-van and use code L4NAQ to receive the discount. ExecuCar sedan service is also available.

Shuttle between the Hyatt Regency La Jolla and the Sheraton La Jolla

For SBFC attendees staying at the Sheraton La Jolla, 3299 Holiday Court, La Jolla, CA 92037, (858) 453-5500, SIMB will provide shuttle service each morning and evening according to the following schedule. SuperShuttle vans will circulate continuously during these hours:

Monday, April 27:
6:30 – 8:30 AM
8:00 – 10:00 PM

Tuesday, April 28:
6:30 – 8:30 AM
8:00 – 10:00 PM

Wednesday, April 29:
6:30 – 8:30 AM
6:00 – 10:00 PM

Thursday, April 30:
6:30 – 8:30 AM
8:30 – 10:30 PM

The Sheraton La Jolla is a 10-minute walk from the Hyatt Regency La Jolla.

Parking at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla

Indoor Self Parking is available for $10.00 per day. Overnight hotel guests will pay for the daily parking charges at check out.

Local guests driving for the day (not staying overnight in the Hyatt), should enter the […]

13 04, 2015

Bioeconomy Award Winner 2015 – Novozymes

Dr. Sarah A. Teter – Accepting the award on behalf of Novozymes

Dr. Sarah A. Teter is a Staff Scientist at Novozymes, Inc., where she manages Novozymes’ global portfolio of biomass conversion research projects. Teter’s research has had a significant impact on reducing costs of biomass sugars, for production of fuels and chemicals. Through directed research to improve the performance of cellulases, hemicellulases, and auxillary enzymes, along with innovations in expression technology, Novozymes has launched the Cellic® enzyme product line, which is currently being used by global industry front-runners in commercial scale production of cellulosic ethanol. Teter has extensive experience in coordinating large global research teams; the Novozymes biomass conversion R&D team numbers more than 150 scientific staff, covering technical aspects such as protein engineering, enzyme chemistry, protein expression and production, as well as customer-facing application engineering. Teter has worked on biomass R&D at Novozymes since 2001, and has served as the principal investigator on awards from the U.S. Department of Energy (2008-2011; 2013-current). Teter’s technical training includes post-doctorate studies at University of Michigan (1999-2001) and Max-Planck Institute for Biochemistry (1997-1999), a Ph.D. from UC Davis (1997), and a B.A. from Swarthmore College (1992).

About Novozymes

Novozymes is the world leader in bioinnovation. The company’s business is industrial enzymes, microorganisms, and biopharmaceutical ingredients. Novozymes helps companies make more from less by offering biological solutions that save energy and raw materials, and reduce waste. The result is higher quality products, lower costs, better lives and a better environment in a growing […]

13 04, 2015

Scott Award Winner 2015 – Peter Biely

Dr. Peter Biely, DrSc. is a biochemist and research professor from the Institute of Chemistry, Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava, Slovakia. He graduated from the Comenius University in Bratislava in 1963, obtained PhD degree from the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences (1968), served as postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Medical School in Boston (1968-1968) and was awarded DrSc degree in 1990. Dr. Biely is internationally well recognized based on his contribution to the area of microbial degradation of plant biomass. He published 215 papers and chapters, has several successful patents and 6200 citations. He was a principal investigator of many projects and supervised 10 postgraduate students. As one of the foremost and most cited researchers in his country, he received number of national awards, e.g. Meritorious Inventor of Czechoslovakia 1989, Golden Medal of the Slovak Academy of Sciences 2001, Slovak Scientist of the Year 2003 and Order of Ludovit Stur from the President of the Slovak Republic 2011. He was a recipient of fellowships from OECD, JSPS, USDA and many academic institutions from all over the world where he served as a Visiting Professor or a Lecturer at biotechnology courses.

31 03, 2015

Katzen Award Winner 2015 – Phil Madson

Phil Madson has served as President of KATZEN International, Inc. since 1993. He has held a number of technical and executive positions since joining the firm in 1980, including technology development, process engineering, project management, startup services and marketing. KATZEN’s focus throughout this period has been research and development, design and execution of advanced technology for the fuel, industrial and potable ethanol industries worldwide. Madson has concentrated his efforts on commercialization of value-added agriculture integrated with bio-based fuels and chemicals. He led the team that implemented Simultaneous Saccharification and Fermentation (SSF) at commercial scale during the 1980’s. Since Madson assumed the leadership responsibility, KATZEN International has completed 85 commercial projects in more than 30 countries.

Mr. Madson’s first 10 years of industrial experience included a range of technical and managerial responsibilities in the Paper Products division of the Procter & Gamble Company. His responsibilities included production technology development and implementation, and new product/process development in cellulose and plastic systems. In addition to his technical accomplishments, Madson held the position of Associate Director; where he was responsible for process and product technology development and execution for cellulose–based products with retail sales exceeding $500,000,000.

Phil received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University and is a registered Professional Engineer. He was honored by his peers with the “2009 Award of Excellence” for technical and development achievements as recognized by the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo.

30 03, 2015

Banquet Speaker 2015 – Stuart Sandin

Title of Talk: Sharks, snappers, and corals — how the remote Pacific ocean offers optimism about the future of Coral Reefs

Dr. Stuart Sandin is an associate professor of marine ecology at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. His research addresses questions of coral reef community ecology, with a particular emphasis on how environmental conditions and human activities can influence this ecology, both for better and for worse. Sandin and his lab group work across the world’s tropical seas, from the Caribbean to the Pacific and spanning popular dive destinations through to remote and uninhabited islands that have never before been visited by scientists. These islands serve as the basis of a global-scale natural experiment, providing unique insights into how coral reefs work today and how we can manage these ecosystems so that they will remain productive into the future.