Based out of the University of Alberta, the Biorefining Conversions Network (BCN) is an initiative working to support the provincial bioindustry by facilitating multi-disciplinary industry/academic collaborations structured towards achieving commercializable outcomes. The Network includes researchers, industry partners, government and other bioindustrial stakeholders.

Funding and aligned support is provided by: 


2015 BCN - AI Bio Conference Announced!

Bioindustrial Innovations: Unlocking Value and Tackling Climate Change

Save the date: November 23-25, 2015, Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

2015 BCN / AI Bio Conference

Click here for more information on programming, registration and submission of abstracts for poster and/or oral presentations.


BIO World Congress

The BCN will be attending BIO World Congress on July 19-22, 2015 and presenting 2 panel discussions:

Panel #1: Taking Innovative Technology from the Laboratory to Commercialization: An Industrial Perspective

Monday, July 20, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Track #7 - Advanced Biofuels and Biorefinery Platforms

Moderator: David Bressler (BCN; University of Alberta)
Panelists: Tim Brown (Renmatix), Ray W. Miller (Verdezyne, Inc.), Martin Mitchell (Clariant)

Panel #2 Getting Multiple Stakeholders to Buy In: Innovation, Partnerships and Commercialization

Tuesday, July 21, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Track #8 - Growing Global Biobased Markets

Moderator: David Bressler (BCN; University of Alberta)
Panelists: Christoph Luguel (The Industry and Agro-Resource Cluster), Doug Cameron (First Green Partners, LLC), David Dodds (Dodds and Associates, LLC), Mario Pennisi (Life Sciences Queensland Ltd.)

Other panels of interest involving Alberta participants

Eddie Peace (West Fraser) is a moderator in New Approaches for Lignin Processing and Use
Monday, July 20, 8:30 am - 10:00 am

William Bardosh (TerraVerdae BioWorks) is a panelist in How to Push the Circular Economy Through CO, CO2 and C1 Utilization
Tuesday, July 21, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Click here to see the full schedule for breakout sessions and click here to learn more about the BIO World Congress on Industry Biotechnology in general.


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