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Living factories - Carbon Neutrality with Synthetic Biology

Synthetic biology enables sustainability and the use of waste streams and CO2 as a carbon building blocks for materials, food, fuels, chemicals and medicines. Keilaniemi Summit 2019 will bring together industry, decision makers, researchers and designers as well as international ecosystems to envision how a fossil free future can be made possible harnessing biology.


Time:           September 18th, 2019 from 9am to 5:15pm

Venue:         Dipoli, Aalto University, Otakaari 24. Auditorium Lumituuli, City of Espoo, Finland

Moderator: Nina Pulkkis, Synbio Powerhouse

Exhibition:     Korvaa - The Microbial Headset by Synbio Powerhouse 

Synbio and Biotech Ecosystems in New Nordics 

(from 10am to 5pm) 


Registration by 23.8. - If you are interested to attend, please apply for invitation:




8:30 Coffee 


9:00 Opening

Mayor Jukka Mäkelä, City of Espoo. Finland


9:10 Plastics without oil 

Korvaa - headphones, Saku Sysiö, Industrial designer,

Aivan. Finland


9:20 What is Synbio Powerhouse Ecosystem?

Tuula Palmén, Co-creation manager, VTT, Synbio Powerhouse. Finland


9:30 Keynote: Synthetic Biology 

- Transformational Technology for Enabling the Bioeconomy

Richard A. Johnson, Director - EBRC, iGEM Foundation, and BioBricks Foundation/Stanford, CEO, Global Helix LLC (United States)

10:10  Synbio opportunities

Merja Penttilä, Research Professor, VTT, Aalto University, Synbio Powerhouse. Finland


10:30  Refreshments and exhibition


11:00   Food without fields or animals

Pasi Vainikka, CEO,  Solar Foods. Finland

Horacio Acerbo, CEO, Kernel. Argentina


11:30   CO2 as feedstock

Michael Köpke, Synthetic biology leader, Lanzatech. USA

Pauli Kallio, University of Turku. Finland 

Michael Lienemann, VTT. Finland  


Discussion: Harnessing industrial CO2 emissions with microbes 

Future visions 


12:20  Espoo Innovation Garden

Harri Paananen, Manager, Economic and Business Development, City of Espoo. Finland


12:30 Lunch and exhibition


13:30 Materials with microbes 


Cellulose without trees


Nanollose, Australia (video): fabrics made from microbial cellulose derived from coconut waste)


Cellulose with enzymes (video)


Waste to fungal leather, Géza Szilvay, VTT. Finland

Biosynthetic spider silk, Pezhman Mohammadi VTT, Aalto. Finland


Discussion: Japanese collaboration, Jarkko Jussila, Kuumeri. Finland

Sustainable Luxury Clothing, Mervi Kärkkäinen, FERE. Finland


14:00 Chemicals with microbes 

Ute Galm, Zymergen Inc, Associate Director. USA


The EU prize winner for women innovators:

Irina Borodina, CTO, BioPhero ApS. Denmark


Discussion:   Synbio and water chemicals, Kemira. Finland

Synbio and industrial enzymes, Jari Vehmaanperä, Research Director, Roal. Finland


14:45 Refreshments and exhibition


15:00 International ecosystems

Richard Kitney (tbc), Professor, Imperial College. UK; EBRC Global Forum, Academic co-chair


New Nordics - what’s up in Nordics in synthetic biology & biotech

Rajni Hatti-Kaul, Professor, Lund University. Sweden

Juris Vanags, Professor, Latvian State Institute of Wood Engineering. Latvia

Ole Jörgen Mardal, Special Advisor Life Sciences, Innovation Norway. Norway

Petri Lahtvee, ERA Chair in SynBio, University of Tartu, Estonia


16:15 Storing data in DNA

Karin Strauss, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research. US 


16:30 Artificial intelligence, machine learning and

vision accelerating Synbio

Simone Bianco, Dr., Researcher, IBM Almaden Research Center. USA 


16:50 Boosting circular economy with synthetic biology

Riitta Silvennoinen, Circular Economy Specialist, 

The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra. Finland


17:00 - 17:15  Closing remarks

Tuula Antola, Director, Economic and Business Development, City of Espoo. Finland

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