FEATURE SESSION/PANEL Q&A (Hosted by BioVale)

‘Transitioning to bio-based chemicals'

Time & Location

Wednesday: 10.00 to 11.00, Stage 2

Session Host

Session Host: Caroline WilcockStakeholder Engagement Manager - BioVale

About this Session

BioVale’s ‘Transitioning to bio-based chemicals’ session will discuss policy perspectives, the key drivers and challenges for industry and present both commercial and R&D case study examples.

‘The transition to a bio-based chemical industry’ – Adrian Higson, Managing Director, NNFCC

‘Bio-based chemicals: Research and development at a commercially-interesting scale’ – Helen Shiels, Business Development Manager, Biorenewables Development Centre

‘Driving the change from fossil to green surfactants’ – Svea Braak, Technical Applications Manager, Clariant

Speaker Bio:

As the Stakeholder Engagement Manager at the BioVale innovation cluster, Caroline facilitates networking, dialogue and partnerships among the region’s bio-based researchers, innovators and supply chains. Caroline develops events, manages communication channels and provides member support to promote the bioeconomy in Yorkshire and the Humber.

BioVale: Yorkshire and the Humber is one of the best places in the world for innovation in the bioeconomy, with its outstanding combination of bio-based research, industry and agriculture. BioVale works to build the region’s capability and reputation as an innovation cluster for the bioeconomy by facilitating networking and dialogue; research, development and demonstration; regional bio-based supply chains, inward investment and trade/export opportunities. Joining BioVale will help you to network via our events, special interest groups and membership directory, get streamlined access to the region’s world-class R&D expertise, connect with international markets via links with other clusters and stay up to date through our newsletters, workshops and training events.  BioVale membership is easy to apply for online via the BioVale website and is currently free of charge.  (https://www.biovale.org/)

Guest Speakers:

Adrian Higson

Adrian Higson

Managing Director, NNFCC

Presentation Title:

‘The transition to a bio-based chemical industry’

Speaker Bio:

Adrian is NNFCC’s Lead Consultant for bio-based products. He is a chartered chemist with over 20 years research and consulting experience within the chemical and bio-based products industry. He maintains a wide client base, providing consulting and facilitation services for both the public and private sectors. Private sector clients include SME technology developers, multi-national FMCG companies and business investors. Adrian has taken an active role in the development of the bioeconomy and bio-based products. He has been a member of the UK Bioeconomy Business Environment Working Group, the European Commission Expert Group for Bio-Based Products and the Scottish Bioeconomy Council.

NNFCC: NNFCC is a strategic consultancy with in-depth knowledge of the bioeconomy. We offer clients a wealth of experience in the bioenergy and biofuels markets and the growing biobased products sector. The team has international experience to guide businesses through policy hurdles and assist in the development of technology and international markets. (https://www.nnfcc.co.uk/)

 

Helen Shiels

Helen Shiels

Business Development Manager, Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC

Presentation Title:

‘Bio-based chemicals: Research and development at a commercially-interesting scale’

Speaker Bio:

Helen has been connecting the business needs of clients with the pilot-scale expertise and services of the BDC since 2013. Drawing on over 20 years’ experience in contracting and account management for SMEs and multinationals, technical and commercial sales in waste, low carbon and renewable innovations, Helen brings researchers and industry together to create opportunities within the bioeconomy.

The Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC), is an open-access R&D centre, working with industry and researchers to scale up and help commercialise bio-based products and processes. With a team of biologists, chemists and business innnovation advisers, the BDC offers a unique combination of multi-disciplinary expertise coupled with pilot-scale bioprocessing capabilities, in one coordinated centre. Covering a broad spectrum of biorefining technologies, from feedstock assessment to product evaluation, the team specialises in making the most out of residue biomass materials, food processing wastes, and biorenewable materials – by de-risking the innovation process. (http://www.biorenewables.org/)

Svea Braak

Svea Braak

Technical Applications Manager, Clariant

Presentation Title:

‘Driving the change from fossil to green surfactants’

Speaker Bio:

Svea joined the Industrial & Home Care Lab Team of Clariant in 2012. In this position, she gained experience with formulation development & application testing in various Home Care application areas. In parallel, she studied Technical Management and finished her ‘Master Professional of Technical Management (CCI)’ in 2019. Today she supports the Clariant Sales Team in the EMEA region as Technical Application Manager.

Clariant is a focused, sustainable and innovative speciality chemical company based in Muttenz, near Basel/Switzerland. On 31 December 2020, the company employed a total workforce of 13 235. In the financial year 2020, Clariant recorded sales of CHF 3.860 billion for its continuing businesses. The company reports in three business areas: Care Chemicals, Catalysis and Natural Resources. Clariant’s corporate strategy is led by the overarching purpose of ‘Greater chemistry – between people and planet’ and reflects the importance of connecting customer focus, innovation, sustainability, and people. (www.clariant.com )