Press release

#EFIB2017 – EuropaBio hosts 10th Anniversary Edition

The leading Industrial Biotech Conference on the development of a renewable, circular bioeconomy

Brussels, 9 October 2017 – Tackling climate change, paving the way towards a circular Bioeconomy, whilst creating jobs and growth in the process, will all be on the agenda this week at the 10th  anniversary edition of the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy (EFIB).

Over 500 leading industry and policy experts meet at the Square Meeting Centre in Brussels to discuss the opportunities and challenges for this leading high-tech sector to help drive the development of world-leading renewable and clean tech solutions.

EFIB, organised by EuropaBio, the European Association for Bioindustries, continues to attract more well-known consumer brands, leading the quest for smarter, more sustainable products and processes. ‘Over the past ten years EFIB has become the premier event highlighting the breakthroughs and potential of the EU bioeconomy enabled by industrial biotechnology’ commented Joanna Dupont-Inglis, Director for Industrial Biotech and Cross-Sectoral Strategy.

‘This year we’ll hear from European Commission Vice President responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness Jyrki Katainen, Director General of DG Environment Daniel Calleja Crespo and other high-level policymakers, as well as from bio-based entrepreneur and footballer Mathieu Flamini, broadcaster Tom Heap, numerous leading CEOs and big brands innovating in the bio-based space such as L’OREAL, IKEA, Michelin, Renault and the LEGO Group. EFIB demonstrates, year on year,  that bio-based products, enabled by industrial biotech, are no longer a niche sustainability market of the future but are increasingly the high performance, renewable alternatives of today’, she added.

This year’s EFIB will also feature discussions on amongst other things future feedstocks, commercialisation success stories, the role of bioplastics in creating a circular economy, finance and investment, new technologies and the latest insights on national bio-based strategies.

The John Sime Award for the most innovative breakthrough showcased at #EFIB2017 will be presented at the conclusion of the conference by EuropaBio’s new Secretary General, John Brennan.