Biopolymers Symposium 2014

Biopolymers are a $4 Billion market in the US. More than 90% of the biopolymers in industrial use today are used in applications outside of plastic and packaging.

Biopolymers Symposium 2014 – taking place May 12-13 in Philadelphia alongside the BIO World Congress – will give you the tools and contacts to capitalize in this market – in the US and beyond!

Greg Keenan, Vice President Business Development, Penford Products Co. will be chairing our session on The World of Functional Non-Plastic Biopolymers. This session seeks to 1) highlight the broader market opportunities for biopolymers including their use as adhesives, coating additives, rheology modifiers and absorbents and 2) emphasize the variety of biopolymers in use today including those derived from starch, cellulose, rubber and natural gums. You’ll hear directly from industry leaders in their sector including:

Innovation to Market
Jean Moreau, President, Chief Executive Officer, CelluForce
CelluForce is the world leader in the commercial development of NanoCrystalline Cellulose (NCCTM). NCC is abundant, renewable, recyclable and biodegradable. It is expected to become a major contributor to the green economy in the coming decades, and should serve as a strategic platform for sustainable development.

Benefits of a Micronized Biopolymer Coatings Additive

Kevin Lassila, Director of Technology, BYK USA
BYK Additives & Instruments is one of the world’s leading suppliers in the additives and instruments sector. Approximately 87% of sales are generated by foreign countries. BYK’s major export markets are Europe, the United States, and the Far East.

Natural, Premium Bio-­Materials: Guayule BioRubber – An Integrated BioRefinery

Jeff Martin, President & CEO, Yulex Corporation
Yulex Corporation, a privately held company founded in 2000, develops sustainable, health-friendly biomaterials made from guayule (Parthenium argentatum). The company produces agricultural-based, latex allergy-friendly biomaterials for the manufacturing of medical, consumer, industrial and bioenergy products. Read our recent interview with Jeff Martin on the development of BioRubber, Yulex’s collaboration with Patagonia on the first biobased wetsuit and more>>>

Biobased Hydrocolloids for Consumer and Industrial Water-based Systems

Donald Hiscock, Director, Innovation & Business Development, CP Kelco
CP Kelco is the innovation leader in the production of polysaccharides by microbial fermentation, extraction from land and sea plants, and modification of cellulose-based raw materials. CP Kelco’s goal is to be the preferred partner for providing innovative products and solutions through the use of nature-based chemistry.

Questions about BIO World Congress, group, academic or government discounts or need assistance?

Contact Jennifer Carter at +1 207 781 9630 or

Don’t forget! Smithers Rapra’s Biomaterials members receive 3 registrations to the Biopolymers Symposium as part of their package!

As a Smithers Rapra Biomaterials member, you receive 3 registrations to Biopolymers 2014 and EFIB 2014. Plus, access to the latest news, e-journals, our polymer library and much more.

To book your member place, log-in to your member portal, contact your account manager or contact Jennifer Carter at +1 207 781 9630.

Not sure if you’re a Smithers Rapra Biomaterials member? Contact Brian Santos at +1 207 781 9618.


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