NatureWorks, Metabolix, Virent Headline Smithers Rapra’s Biopolymers Symposium 2013

  NatureWorks, Metabolix, Virent Headline Smithers Rapra’s Biopolymers
  Symposium 2013

 8^th annual Biopolymers Symposium will be held June 11-12, 2013 at Chicago’s
                                 Field Museum

Biopolymers 2013

Business Wire

FALMOUTH, Maine -- February 28, 2013

Smithers Rapra is pleased to announce that NatureWorks, Metabolix, Virent,
First Green Partners, the National Restaurant Association and Green Dot
Holdings headline the agenda for the 8^th annual Biopolymers Symposium.
Biopolymers 2013, scheduled for June 11-12 at the Field Museum in Chicago, IL,
will cover the use of biopolymers in compostable food service ware; rigid and
flexible biopolymer packaging and single use applications; sustainable
feedstocks; innovations in materials; strategic partnerships to commercialize
new products and much more. Early bird pricing for the conference expires
Friday, March 15^th.

"It is an exciting time in the biopolymers industry, as both consumers and
business owners continue to recognize the importance of sustainable materials.
In addition, the technology which enables this industry is advancing rapidly,
thus opening up even more opportunities,” Richard P. Eno, President and CEO,
Metabolix and presenter at this year’s Symposium. “At the symposium, I look
forward to discussing our progress in commercializing PHA biopolymers and how
they will be an important contributor to the overall growth of the industry."

Biopolymers 2013 will take place over one and a half days and will open each
day with a plenary session before moving into tracked sessions which will
allow attendees to create an agenda best suited to their business development
needs. “This year’s Symposium agenda will feature more than 50 of the
industry’s key players – those who are truly impacting the growth and
development of the bioplastics sector for 2013 and beyond,” said Barbara
Fowler, conference director for Smithers Rapra. “Plus, with our exciting new
location at Chicago’s world-renowned Field Museum and the many opportunities
for collaboration and debate with your industry colleagues, this year’s
Biopolymers Symposium has set itself apart from any other bioplastics event
this year.”

The Biopolymers Symposium 2013 will kick off with a panel discussion between
Eno, Marc Verbruggen, President & CEO, NatureWorks and Lee Edwards, CEO,
Virent on the future of biopolymers. Lewis Perkins, Senior VP, Development and
Textiles & Apparel, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute will also
present examples of how textile, apparel and footwear brands are working on
cradle to cradle solutions, including a case study on Puma.

There will be three keynotes over the course of the event: Mark Remmert, CEO,
Green Dot Holdings LLC will provide insights on redefining the role of
bioplastics in durable goods; Scott DeFife, Executive Vice-President, Policy
and Government Affairs, National Restaurant Association will discuss the
restaurant industry’s perspective on biopolymers and Doug Cameron,
Co-President and Director, First Green Partners will bring an investors
perspective to the challenges and opportunities in the biopolymers industry.

The 250+ anticipated attendees will also hear from a diverse group of
bioplastics developers, manufacturers and end-users including Algix; BIOFASE,
Cascade Engineering; Cereplast; EcoLogic; European Bioplastics; IBM;
Kimberly-Clark; Micromidas; Procter & Gamble; Seattle Mariners/Safeco Field;
Volvo Group Trucks Technology and 30+ additional speakers. The conference will
close with a presentation by the winner of the first annual Innovation in
Bioplastics Award to be awarded by The SPI Bioplastics Council (BC), a special
interest group of SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association.

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