Chairman and CEO of protein engineering company Genencor International Jean-Jacques Bienaime will speak to world scientific and political leaders this week on the prospects and advantages of a biobased economy.
Bienaime will outline Genencor's vision for a future 'where biorefineries using renewable raw materials take their place alongside oil refineries and where biotechnology helps create a more sustainable industrial system' writes the company this week.
"This event is a unique opportunity to create positive momentum for applying the advances of life science technology to improving the quality of life around the world," said Bienaime. "Progress toward sustainable development is one of Genencor's core values. I hope to show how industrial biotechnology contributes to that vision. "
At the conference Bienaime will rub shoulders with other speakers including French president Jacques Chirac, British prime minister Tony Blair, Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, Nelson Mandela and a host of Nobel Laureates including James Watson, Jean Dausset, Werner Arber and Thomas Chech.
The BioVision World Life Sciences forum is held biannually and brings together leaders from science, society and industry to share views on a wide range of issues related to life sciences. This year, topics include life expectancy and longevity, and securing enough safe food.