B.C.'s Sharpest Minds Revolutionizing the Global Bioeconomy

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - B.C.'s bioeconomy is heating up with the
onset of the Pacific Rim Summit-spotlighting B.C.'s progressive thinkers
exploring the impact of the convergence of biotechnology, chemistry,
agriculture and ocean sciences on the global economy. The Summit runs from
September 10 to 12, 2008 in Vancouver, B.C.

    In an effort to further B.C's advancement in the biotechnology and
bioenergy industries, the British Columbia Innovation Council (BCIC) is
pleased to be leading the Summit's organizational committee. BCIC's Life
Sciences initiatives, such as the feasibility study exploring microalgae as a
'greener' source for energy in B.C., actively focus on the hot topics
discussed at the Summit.

    "Bio-based economies are emerging quickly throughout the Pacific region
and the world," said Richard Hallman, Life Sciences Director at BCIC. "With
strong partnerships and collaboration, the discovery of cleaner industrial
production methods and sustainable energy sources is closer to becoming a

    The Summit brings together local and international industry executives,
investors, government officials, and scientists (including opening plenary
speaker Don O'Connor, President of (S&T)(2) Consultants Inc., who resides in
B.C. and is considered an international expert on bioenergy and biofuels known
for successfully developing and commercializing environmentally sound
transportation energy alternatives.

    Delegates will engage in a unique forum highlighting everything from new
technologies producing renewable fuels and biobased products to advances in
genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics in the energy and manufacturing

    B.C.'s experts presenting in these areas include:

    -   Abayomi Alabi, Seed Science Limited
        Utilization of Algae and Marine Bioresources

    -   Susan Baldwin, The University of British Columbia
        Bioremediation: Application of Natural Microbial Communities to Clean
        up Contaminated Sites

    -   Martin Bliemel, Simon Fraser University
        Exploring Nanotechnology and Industrial Biotechnology Nexuses

    -   Lindsay Eltis, The University of British Columbia
        Bioremediation: Application of Natural Microbial Communities to Clean
        up Contaminated Sites

    -   Jack Grushcow, Linnaeus Plant Sciences
        Developing Environmentally Friendly Industrial Fluids

    -   Bob Ingratta, Life Sciences British Columbia
        International Advances in Biofuels Production

    -   Margo Moore, Simon Fraser University
        Bioremediation: Application of Natural Microbial Communities to Clean
        up Contaminated Sites

    -   Jack Saddler, The University of British Columbia
        Cellulosic Ethanol from Softwoods Around the World

    -   Brian D. Titus, Natural Resources Canada, Pacific Forestry Centre
        Sustainable Development of Bioenergy and Biofuels Production Systems

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    About BCIC

    The British Columbia Innovation Council (BCIC) is the lead organization
charged with advancing innovation and commercialization in British Columbia.
BCIC is focused on accelerating the growth of our science and technology
communities and competitively positioning British Columbia in the global
science and technology economy in order to provide significant employment
opportunities and a high standard of living for British Columbians.

    For more information about BCIC, visit www.bcic.ca.

For further information:

For further information: Stephanie Leung, Communications Coordinator,
British Columbia Innovation Council, (604) 602-5249, 1-800-665-7222,

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