Biofuels: How Biotech is Changing the Energy Industry

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Biofuels: How Biotech is Changing the Energy Industry

Event Description - Biofuels: How Biotech is Changing the Energy Industry

   Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Dinner & Networking 6-7pm; Program 7-9pm

Featuring the top executives of the Bay Area’s leading Biofuels companies!




  John Melo – CEO, Amyris
 Jonathan Wolfson - CEO, Solazyme
Bob Mayer – CEO, Cobalt Technologies
Noubar Afeyan – Chairman, LS9


Moderator: Don Keller – Partner, Orrick SV

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe 
1000 Marsh Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025


$30 for members, $45 for non-members
$60 for event + membership

 Despite widespread interest in electric cars, the EIA projects that liquid fuels will provide more than 90% of US transportation energy through 2035.  There is an urgent need to find renewable sources, to provide a reliable supply for US consumers and to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions created by fossil fuels.

Biofuels look well-positioned for this role, but face daunting challenges in raising capital for facilities and competing with volatile commodity prices.  Biotechnology offers firms the promise of meeting these crucial challenges by improving the yields of feedstocks, reducing processing costs and producing high-value outputs.  But will this be enough?

*       How effectively will biofuels compete with other transportation fuels, such as ethanol or natural gas?

*      What are the major challenges biofuels firms face as they attempt to scale up to compete with petroleum and what are their strategies to deal with them?

        *      What federal policies are most important to the industry’s future?

Hear first-hand how these executives will tackle these and other key challenges to build their companies for success!



Contact Information
Primary Contact
Joel West
 Secondary Contact
Douglas Spreng
Date & Location
Date: 5/8/2012
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
1000 Marsh Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025