Wed, 29 Sep | Zoom webinar

Annual Seminar: Why the Bioeconomy needs Synthetic Biology

Welcome to the Synbio Powerhouse annual seminar to explore the symbiosis of synthetic biology, lignocellulose, material sciences and the circular bioeconomy.
Annual Seminar: Why the Bioeconomy needs Synthetic Biology

Time & Location

29 Sep, 14:00 – 16:30 EEST
Zoom webinar

About the Event

In our event you will hear results from recent case examples of turning waste fractions to products, lab to pilot case stories as well as exciting examples of fundamental research within advanced biotechnology:

  • Soy Molasses to PLA, Case FinnFoam and Brightplus
  • Enzymatic treatment of lignocellulose in St1 biorefinery
  • Waste pectin to PEF, a drop-in, bio-based PET replacement
  • Platform chemicals with microbes from forest and agriculture side streams
  • Fundamental research on microbial dye production
  • Biosynthetic super strong materials
  • Fungal leather production
  • Methane producing bacteria
  • CO2 fixating knallgas bacteria
  • Eggs without chicken and cellular agriculture
  • Microbially produced chitosan as replacement for polyacrylamid in wastewater treatment
  • The DBTL cycle at VTT

We are proud to announce some of our confirmed speakers:

  • Antti Vasara, CEO, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Anna Kankaanpää, R&D Manager, Bioprocess Development, St1
  • Henri Nieminen, CEO, FinnFoam
  • Rasmus Pinomaa, Director, Corporate Sustainability, Kemira
  • Orlando Rojas, Professor, Director Bioproducts Institute, University of British Columbia
  • Helvi Väisänen, Senior Advisor, Bio & Circular Economy, Business Finland
  • Glenn Gassen, Director, Innovation, Growth & Invest In, City of Espoo
  • Merja Penttilä, Professor, Aalto University and VTT
  • Tuula Palmén, Co-Creation Manager, Synbio Powerhouse
  • Ville Santala, Professor, Tampere University
  • Olli Dahl, Professor, Aalto University
  • Silvan Scheller, Professor, Aalto University
  • Emilia Nordlund, Research team leader of Food Solutions, VTT
  • Laura Salusjärvi, Senior Scientist, VTT
  • Dominik Mojzita, Principal Scientist, VTT
  • Marja Ilmén, Principal Scientist, VTT
  • Kiira Vuoristo, Senior Scientist, VTT
  • Kaisa Marjamaa, Senior Scientist, VTT
  • Jussi Jäntti, Principal Scientist, VTT
  • Sari Rautiainen, Senior Scientist, VTT
  • Nicolaas van Strien, Research Scientist, VTT
  • Mervi Toivari, Senior Scientist, VTT
  • Géza Szilvay, Senior Scientist, VTT
  • Pezhman Mohammadi, Research Scientist, VTT
  • Anna Ylinen, Research Scientist, Centre for Young Synbio Scientists, VTT
  • Milla Salmela, Research scientist, Tampere University
  • Robert Pylkkänen, Research scientist, Centre for Young Synbio Scientists
  • Suvi Arola, FuturoLeaf Project, Senior scientist, VTT
  • Ville Rissanen, FuturoLeaf Project, Research Scientist, VTT

Achieving a truly sustainable use of biomass derived from agriculture, forest or food industry can highly benefit from refining its waste and side streams using biotechnology. What could be done, what is needed and how should be move forward - join us to discuss this hot topic together with industry experts, researchers and policy makers. In our event you will also hear some of the latest finding from novel synbio research.

This seminar is part of the official program of the European Biotech week 28.9-1.10.2021.

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