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Sustainability Director


I started my career as a consultant in a PR agency where during 3 years I built my expertise in media relations and developed a robust sense of customer orientation. In 2002, leveraging my experience with the “high tech” media, I joined Accenture in France as the deputy head of media relations. What I appreciated the most is the work I did to publicize the “Accent sur Elles” program. At that time, Accenture was a pioneer in promoting gender diversity thanks to Armelle Carminati-Rabasse’s vision and determination. In 2008, I was spotted by Rhodia to head the corporate media relations. My mission was to renew Rhodia’s image in the media, after they overcame several years of crisis. I had the chance to work closely with Chairman & CEO Jean-Pierre Clamadieu during eight years. After 17 years in corporate communications, I wanted to explore new horizons. With my hat of Sustainability director, I love discussing with our customers about their societal and environmental stakes and find ways to serve their purpose. My cherry on the cake: with the Sustainable Guar Initiative, I often travel to Rajasthan where we help farmer communities to improve their livelihoods. A great example of how a company can do business in an inclusive manner.


Project Manager


Götz Ahrens works as Project Manager at European Bioplastics, the industry association representing the bioplastics sector in Europe. In this role, he looks after the association’s involvement in joint research projects. He currently serves as Dissemination & Communication Manager of the BBI-JU funded PolyBioSkin project. In the past Götz has worked as PR Manager at the Compostable Products Association in Germany and held several roles in communications in the UK and Germany. Götz holds an MA in Philosophy from the University of London (Heythrop College) and an MSc in Social and Political Theory, also from the University of London (Birkbeck College).


R&D partnerships


Marc AUDENAERT has spent his career with Arkema. He has led for 10 years a department developing bio-based high performance polymer powders. He is now in charge of R&D partnerships at national and European level. Recently, he has taken the management of the customers LCA needs for Arkema Technical Polymers. Since 2009, he is an active member of the French FiMaLin association, promoting and fostering the development of biocomposite solutions using flax fibers, which are still mainly used for textile applications.

Olivier BACK

R&I Researcher Molecule Design


Olivier Back has been graduated from National Chemistry School of Paris (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris) in 2007. He completed his PhD in organic chemistry in 2011 under the supervision of Pr. Guy Bertrand at the University of California, Riverside (USA). He was then hired by Solvay in the Corporate Research & Innovation pole first at LOF (Bordeaux) where he developed high throughput tools applied to organic chemistry and catalysis. He then joined in 2013 the Advanced Organic Chemistry team in Lyon where he is currently in charge of innovation projects aiming to develop new sustainable products and processes. Some of his work focusses on the design of new surfactants with original architectures possessing differentiating features and that are made through transformation of bio‐based chemicals.




Emma Balayre is co-leading the Grant department within the Finance and Innovation performance division of Ayming. Emma is specialised in collaborative European projects and has a solid experience and expertise in European project setting up since more than 20 years. She has been involved in developing more than 200 projects since FP5, within various areas of Industrial Technologies. Her experience especially includes project building and strategic positioning (audit of innovation capacities, value chain analysis, business model definition, competitive analysis and financial engineering), and project proposal elaboration (project structuring and consolidation: S&T, impact and techno-economic aspects, innovation development and business plan, exploitation and results valorization). On a personal level, since 2014, Emma is also an external evaluator for the European Commission within the area of Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology, and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, and has assessed more than 200 project proposals.

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IFPEN-Lyon Director, AXELERA Vice President Innovation

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Associate Professor

Ingénierie des Matériaux Polymères (IMP), UMR CNRS 5223

Frédéric Becquart defended his pH-D in 2002 in IMP. He is fully involved in IMP from 2003, as reasercher in chemical modification and elaboration of polymer materials without solvent in the molten state. In such conditions, reactive extrusion is an excellent continuous processing to mix and transform continuously polymer materials and numerous researches have been performed combining fast reactive systems and short residence times in twin-screw extruders. IMP is a world leader in reactive extrusion. In 2008, a new topic was engaged around the supramolecular chemistry to elaborate thermoreversible polymer materials able to be physically crosslinked in use conditions and to be thermoplastic and molten for processing at higher temperatures. In 2008, biomass valorization was a new subject and is now dealed taking advantages of continuous reactive processing and supramolecular chemistry. Among the natural ressources, starch, hemicellulose, wood, chitosane are concerned. To innovate in all these topics, MOMix, an ANR project was engaged in 2018 to developed new processing to transform (reactive) polymer materials with the microwave technology where Frederic Becquart is leader.


Sustainability Management


• Magister Artium “Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität”, Muenster in Communication science and Economic policy. • From 2003 to 2014: Various functions within Global Communications Unit, Coatings division of BASF • Since 2014: Global responsibility for Sustainability, Coatings division of BASF




Luc Benoit-Cattin is the President of France Chimie, the french chemical industry association. Luc Benoit-Cattin, born in 1963, is a graduate of France's École Polytechnique and École des Mines (Paris) engineering schools. Between 1988 and 1995 he held a number of positions in administration at the French Ministry in charge of Industry. From 1995 to 1997 he was Technical Adviser to the Minister of Industry. In 1997 he joined the Pechiney Group as Plant Manager and later became Head of a business unit in rolling of aluminum. In 2002 he joined CGG Veritas, where he was successively Director of Resources and Operating Performance, Director of Offshore, and, from 2009 to mid-2011, was Managing Director of Geophysical Services and a member of the Executive Committee. Since 2011, Mr Luc Benoit-Cattin is Executive Vice President Industry of Arkema, where he oversees safety, environment, sustainable development, operational excellence, technology & construction, process, supply chain, and goods and services purchasing. Luc Benoit-Cattin was elected President of France Chimie on the 24th of April 2019 for a 3-year term.


R&D Manager


Marco Bernardi is an industrial chemist specialized in the development of processes and products for the bio-based industry. Graduated in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Bologna in 2005, he then got in 2008 a PhD in Catalysis and Physical Chemistry from the Université Claude Bernard Lyon I. After a couple of post-doctoral experience, in 2011 he joined Biochemtex, the R&D division of Mossi & Ghisolfi Group, were he lead several projects for the valorization of lignocellulosic derived intermediates into biochemicals. In March 2018 he joined the team of Vegea as R&D Manager to help the development of the company from start-up into established reality.


Research and Development Engineer


Laetitia Bessette is a Research and Developpment Engineer at Vicat company for 10 years. She received her engineer degree at Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Clermont Ferrand. She is a member of Technical committee RILEM of biobased construction materials and Hygrothermal behavior and durability of bio-aggregate based building materials (236 BBM and 275 HDB). She is also a member of the expert groups on the sustainability of sulphate reactions. Her research interests include hydration of cements and concrete sustainability and biobased construction materials.


Head of R&D


He obtained his PhD (1997) in Macro-organic Chemistry with Prof. Bert Meijer from the Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands) which was followed by a postdoctoral stay in Durham (UK) with Prof. Jim Feast. He started his professional career as he joined DSM Coating Resins in Zwolle (Netherlands). In 2004 he joined Worlée Chemie in Lauenburg, Germany where he is now Head of R&D. The focus of Worlée´s R&D activities lies on customer as well as technology driven innovations. They range from innovations in alkyd resins to exploring new crosslinking chemistries. Some more long term research themes are supported by collaborations with research institutes and universities. A special emphasis in research is put on the development of more environmentally friendly binders like high solid and water-based products as well as the use of renewable and sustainable raw materials.


Innovation Project Officer


Engineer in chemistry, Innovation project management specialization (ITECH) LVMH Fragrance Brands (2 years) DE RIGUEUR (3 years) BLANCHON Group (1 year)


CEO, Cofunder


PhD in polymer physics, technology transfer and innovation marketing specialist, Vincent Billot-Ridet cofunded RHEONIS in 2013 and actually manages this consulting and industrial R&D company dedicated to powders, fluid, pasty and semi-solid products, from R&D to end-use. Vincent Billot-Ridet and his associates have been developing for 5 years of R&D and more than 130 industrial projects a unique method for performance, quality and innovation increase, with specific interest for biosourced products development.

Fabrice BOHIN

Chief Executive Office


Fabrice BOHIN is Algaia’s founder and CEO Fabrice has over 24 years’ experience in the Specialty Food Ingredient sector, servicing the FMCG market through a B2B approach. He started his career at Rhodia in 1994 where he worked mostly for its Food ingredient division in various roles such as Business Development, Marketing Director, Strategy head, Business Development Director (M&A), Corporate Account Leader, Vice General Manager of a Chilean affiliate and International Business Director for product lines ranging from lactic Bacteria’s, Biogums, Seaweed Extracts, Plant Extracts and Food systems. In 2004, he joined Cargill as Business Development Director to help the company entering into the specialty food ingredient sector through external and internal growth. After two acquisitions in a row, Cargill became one of the top four leaders in the Texturizing Solution arena and Fabrice was promoted Global Business Director of Cargill newly integrated Hydrocolloid portfolio : Pectin (fruit extracts), Carrageenans & Alginates (seaweed extracts), LBG (plant extracts) and Biogums (functional polysaccharides produced through fermentation). As of 2012, he was also in charge of Cargill Texturizing Solutions functional food system business for Europe. At Cargill, Fabrice was managing a business of over 300m$ revenue where both top and bottom line improved double to triple digits over the period. He was recruited in June 2014 by French Private Equity firms to transform one of their company that became ALGAIA in 2016. To learn more about ALGAIA, please visit https://www.algaia.com/

Vincent BONIN

Innovation Manager


My name is Vincent Bonin, I am the Innovation Manager at Fibroline SA, an engineering company based near Lyon in France. I am materials engineer by training and have been working for Fibroline since 2003 when the company was created. Fibroline has developed new dry powder impregnation technologies and collaborates with its partners for the product development step in order to transfer innovative turnkey solutions.

Flavian BOREL

Business Engineer


Flavian Borel received his Chemical Engineering degree from Ecole Supérieure de Chimie Organique et Minérale (Compiègne, France) in 2013 and his master in Chemical Engineering from the Institut Quimic de Sarriá (Barcelona, Spain) in 2014. He then worked during 3 years as a Process Engineer in the oleochemical industry before moving towards more commercial positions. In July 2018, he joined Processium to reinforce the business development team and has been working on Processium’s recent development in the biomass extraction market.


Team Leader


Dr. Maud Bossard is a team leader at Ayming within the Finance and Innovation performance division. Maud is specialised in collaborative European projects and has a solid experience and expertise in project management (FP7 and H2020 projects in the various areas: NMP, Health and Energy / BBI), project strategic conception, project engineering (RIA and ITN), innovation marketing (BM & BP), financial engineering and innovation management. Her experience especially includes working for projects with large consortia and/or significant budget. Doctor in biology (oncology and inflammation) from Queen Mary University in London, UK (2012), Maud also obtained an ESIL engineering diploma in biotechnologies in Marseilles, France (2007). Maud also obtained her Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification in 2015.

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Catherine BRAMAUD

Scientific and Regulatory Advisor


Catherine Bramaud is an engineer in chemical engineering, with a doctorate in process engineering. She worked in Research & Development for the food industry (mainly the dairy and mineral water industry) before joining the French cosmetics association (FEBEA). She is working as a Scientific Advisor and Regulatory Affairs Manager in the Department of Scientific and European Regulatory Affairs. She is responsible for monitoring French and European legislation, in particular as regards the cosmetic ingredients, the nanomaterials, the REACH and CLP regulations, the alcohol denaturation, the CITES Convention, hair products and packaging materials. She is coordinating the work of the joint FEBEA / UNITIS / ASPA-INGRECOS working group on the Qualification of natural and organic cosmetic ingredients according to the ISO 16128 standard.

Christophe CALAIS

Life Cycle Assessment Manager


Christophe Calais educated in Chemistry (Chemical Engineer diploma from ESCIL, Lyon, France, 1988) and got a Ph'D degree in Catalysis in 1992 (Claude Bernard University, Lyon, France). After a Post-Doctoral stay in Japan, he joined the Elf-ATOCHEM company (now Arkema) in 1994. He has been working successively as Research Manager and then Project Leader in synthesis/chemical process area for 8 years. From 2002 to 2009, he has been working in pulp bleaching as Global P&P Technical Manager, in charge of Innovation and Development Projects as well as Customer Technical Partnerships. From 2010, he took a position of Life Cycle Assessment Manager at the Arkema Rhône-Alpes Research Center (CRRA, Lyon, France). Current work consists in assessing the environmental footprints of products and process to contribute to develop more sustainable solutions.


Executive Director


Dirk Carrez is the Executive Director of the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC). BIC represents the private sector in a public-private partnership (PPP) with the European Commission, known as the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU). Dirk Carrez is Bioengineer and holds a PhD in Agricultural Sciences. He has worked at SOLVAY in the research department, at the Belgian Federation for the Life Sciences and Chemical Industry as Director Innovation & Product Policy and as Secretary-general of the Belgian Biotechnology Industry Association, and has been Director Industrial Biotechnology at EuropaBio. Dirk Carrez is also the Managing Director of Clever Consult, and a member of several European and national advisory bodies in the area of the biobased economy.


Manager Business Development & Marketing


Dennis Chafiâ studied Organic Chemistry in Leiden, The Netherlands. After his studies, he joined G.I. Dynamics in the role of Business Development manager Chemical & Renewable Business, being responsible for initiating the implementation of commercial scale biorefineries around the globe. G.I. Dynamics is currently involved in several biorefinery projects globally, including but not limited to Turkey, South Africa and Europe. G.I. Dynamics furthermore participates in URBIOFIN, a project under BBI-JU, in which several value products will be produced from Municipal Solid Waste. Dennis Chafiâ had several political functions as well, among others Vice President of CDJA, and City Council Member in the municipality of Westland.


Sustainability Director, Packaging Materials Techno Center


Pascal Chapon holds a Ph-D in Material Sciences from the University of Montpellier and a Global Executive MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona. He started his Research and Development career in Miami, creating Medical Implants for the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. After 5 years in the Chemical Industry developing specialty polymers for Solvay, he worked for Sleever International, a leading Packaging company, for 12 years. In his last position he was VP of Innovation before joining Danone 18 months ago as Sustainable Manager of the Packaging Materials Techno Center based in Evian. Today with his team, he oversees Recycling Materials, Bioplastics, Design for Recycling and End of Use of packaging for the Danone group.


Associate Professor


She earned a PhD in 2005 from University of Grenoble, at the CERMAV laboratory under the supervision of Prof. Rachel Auzély-Velty. After a post-doctoral experience, at the laboratory of CERM at the University of Liège in Belgium with the collaboration of Prof. Christine Jérôme et Dr.Christophe Détrembleur, she joined in 2007 the laboratory of “Ingénierie des Matériaux Polymères”, located at Campus Lyon-Tech in Villeurbanne. She is an associate professor, and she provides specialized teachings on polymer materials at the engineering school INSA Lyon, within the department of “Sciences et Génie des Matériaux” (SGM) in which she is involved in the executive committee. Since its arrival to IMP lab, A. Charlot developed research activities dealing with the development of functionalized biosourced materials, made from polysaccharides. For this purpose, she focused on chemical modifications of polysaccharides, such as cellulosic substrates (fibers, paper), cellulosic derivatives (carboxymethyl cellulose, cellulose acetate), xyloglucan, and galactomannans (guar gum), in heterogeneous or homogeneous medium by using mild and ecofriendly chemical derivatizations. The final objective is to confer valuable functionalities to polysaccharides or/and to design peculiar materials with enhanced properties (mechanical resistance, dimensional stability, specific surface properties, thermal stability). Moreover, she develops biohybrid mixtures based on the combination of polysaccharides and neoteric solvents, such as ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents in view of generating ionogels with high performances. A large number of these activities are undertaken with industrial partners. She is a representative member of the polymer materials department at ICL “Chemistry institute of Lyon”.

Marie-Françoise CHIRAC

Industrial Applications Laboratory Manager


Mrs Marie-Françoise Chirac is in charge of the Laboratory for Industrial Applications Laboratory from SEPPIC. She graduated as a Master in Chemistry at the University of Bordeaux (France).

Guillaume CHOLLET

Head of Oleochemistry Unit


He obtained his PhD in organic chemistry at Paris-Sud University in Orsay in 2007. The main research topic was homogeneous and heterogeneous organometallic catalysis and catalyst recycling. He then completed a first post-doctoral contract in Germany, at the Max Planck Institute for Coal Research, and contributed to the total synthesis of an anticancer molecule. His second postdoctoral contract was done at the University of Orsay, in collaboration with a company. The objective was the optimization synthesis steps for a food supplement by the use of stable organometallic complexes. Since 2011, he works as project manager at ITERG (Industrial Technical Center specialized in fats and oils) for the valorization of vegetable oils in various fields of application: cosmetics, lubrication, coatings, packaging, additives. Since 2014, he is Head of Oleochemistry Unit at ITERG.




Olivier Choulet holds a Master of Chemical Engineering from CPE, Lyon and a Master of Business Administration from ESSEC, Paris. He has 25 years of international experience in Research, Production, Strategy, Marketing and Commercial Management functions in the Paint and Coating Materials Division for Europe, Middle East and Africa regions at Dow/Rohm and Haas Company. Olivier is now the Chief Executive Officer of Ecoat, a company specialized in the development of biobased components for the paint and coating markets.


R&D Manager


Laura Crowther-Alwyn (F), joined CTP in 2014 as Project Leader after over 5 years as R&D Manager in the starch industry where she worked with many different companies to substitute oil-based products with renewable chemicals ((co-)inventor of 9 patents). Holding a degree in polymer science, she has specialized over the years in bio-based chemistry and materials, more specifically on packaging materials based on paper and board. She has coordinated several industrial projects, developing products from lab to industrial scale, she coordinated the National projects BIOTHERM in 2015 and FILHYBAR in 2018 (Institut Carnot Polynat) and she is the scientific coordinator of the European project SHERPACK (GA n°745718).




Stephane Déchelotte is a Chemical Engineer, graduated in 1982 from the University of Toulouse (ENSIACET - Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse). He has an extensive experience in the field of PSE (Process System Engineering) and a deep knowledge of the process simulation market. Stéphane Dechelotte is one of the founders of ProSim SA and its subsidiary ProSim Inc. ProSim is a leading European process engineering software company delivering process simulation software and consulting services to the energy, oil, gas, chemical, pharmaceutical, food & beverage and other processing industries worldwide. The core competency of ProSim engineers is process development.


Project manager


Winnie Dejonghe is project manager in the Separation and Conversion Technology unit of the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) in Belgium. She is focusing on bioprocess development using renewable feedstock and integration of bioprocesses with membranes. She collaborated in projects on the use of (immobilized) enzymes for process intensification in enzyme (membrane) reactors and contactors. Furthermore, she is developing enzymatic processes to convert different polysaccharides into oligosaccharides, alkyl glycosides and sugar esters, and lipase-based processes for synthesis of fatty acid esters and sugaresters. She (co)-authored > 50 SCI papers, and supervised multiple master and PhD students.

Paul-Joël DERIAN

Research, Innovation and Sustainable Development Vice-President


Paul-Joël Derian started his career at the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) before joining Rhône-Poulenc and then Rhodia. After setting up Rhodia’s Research and Technologies Center in Cranbury, he occupied various posts in development and strategy in France and the US. In 2002, he became head of the Global Business Unit for Dairy Products and Desserts for Rhodia Food, becoming member of the Executive Board and Vice-President of the Rhodia Group responsible for R&D in 2003. Before joining the Avril Group in 2017, Paul-Joël Derian was Director of Research, Innovation and Performance at Suez Environnement. Paul-Joel Derian is in charge of Innovation, R&D and Sustainable Development for the AVRIL Group (Agro Food and Feed) and is a member of the Executive Committee. He joined AVRIL in 2017 after 6 years with SUEZ and 22 years in the chemical industry (Rhodia Solvay) where he hold several capacities in R&D, business strategy and business management. Paul-Joel is a graduate from Ecole Normale Superieure with a Ph.D. in Physics.

Patrice DOLE

Scientific Director

Patrice Dole has been a researcher at INRA for 12 years. Since 2010, he has been in charge the packaging lab of the Technical Center for the Conservation of Agricultural Products (CTCPA) in Bourg-en-Bresse and is CTCPA's Scientific Director. He coordinated the publication of the book "The 7 functions of packaging" published by Lavoisier in 2018, for which he was awarded the Roberval Prize for Higher Education 2018.

Clarisse DOUCET

Research & Development Prospective Innovation


Currently working as Prospective Innovation R&D and Regulatory Affairs for TOTAL Fluides, a leading company in production and commercialization of special fluids, I am committed to developing bio-sourced products since 2012. I am a chemist engineer and graduated with a Ph D in organic chemistry. I have been with TOTAL since 2001 working across a number of positions mainly in products : R&D development at CReS Research center in Solaize in the development of fuel additives, quality product manager in HSEQ department in Marketing France, technical coordinator for products in TOTAL Fluides.


Partnerships Manager


Amélie Drouault has strong interest in developing sustainable businesses related to green chemistry and biotechnologies. At Arbiom she is responsible for coordinating publicly funded projects and consortium partners, as well as leading the Business Development effort in Europe. Amélie holds a double master degree in Chemical Science from Chimie ParisTech and Biotechnologies from AgroParisTech.


Project and Bioinformatics manager


Nelly Dubrulle’s educational background is an engineering degree in biology and molecular Imaging. Throughout her experiences in Academics team and private companies, she developed skills in bioinformatics and in plant biology. At DNA Gensee, for one part, she is a project manager, she is in charge of planning projects through time. For the second part, she is in charge analysis the metabarcoding data using bio-informatics programs. She was the winner of the IFSCC’s Henry Maso award in 2017 for her article “DNA metabarcoding as a tool to trace plants of interest in ingredients or cosmetics”.

Nicolas DUGUET

Associate professor

Claude Bernard University, Lyon1

Dr Nicolas Duguet is currently associate professor at the Université Claude Bernard Lyon1. He first received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Rouen (France) in 2006. After two postdoctoral experiences at the University of St Andrews (UK) and at the University of Orléans (France), he was appointed assistant professor in 2010 in the group of Pr. Marc Lemaire. Within the “Institut de Chimie et de Biochimie Moléculaires et Supramoléculaires” (ICBMS), he is currently developing green and sustainable methodologies for the valorization of polyols and vegetable oils towards bio-based surfactants. Notably, he has coordinated two research programs on the valorization of vegetable oils (project BIO-ALDEHYDES, S.A.S. PIVERT, Investissement d’Avenir (2015-2018) & project VALCOUPENZ, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region (2017-2022)). He is also teaching “Green Chemistry” to undergraduate students at the University Lyon 1.



CIRCA group

Tony co-founded Circa Group Pty Ltd, a privately funded, Australian based company to commercialise proprietary technology that converts waste cellulose into Levoglucosenone, and onward to high value, sustainable products. Circa’s first commercial product - Cyrene, a polar aprotic solvent developed in conjunction with Prof James Clark at University of York, is gaining considerable global interest in the US and Europe from researchers, specialty materials companies, pharma and specialty chemical companies. In 2017 Cyrene was awarded Bio-based World News’ European Bio-based Innovation Award, and Levoglucosenone was recognised as one of the UK’s top 10 opportunities from biomass. Tony was also nominated as the Most Innovative Bioeconomy CEO by Il Bioeconomista readers in 2017. Following successful initial market trials, Circa has a jv with Norske Skog which has built and commissioned an initial multi-tonne prototype plant. He has more than 30 years industry experience in Australia and New Zealand, including senior marketing and strategy roles, along with advocacy positions promoting industry to Government.

Christophe DURAND

Business Development Manager


Christophe Durand joined Michelin Group in 2001. In 2017, he moved to High Tech Materials Strategy & New Businesses at Michelin. He is in charge of business development for bio-sourced materials, chemicals and specialties for tire and non-tire applications. Prior this position, Christophe hold different occupations at Michelin purchasing organization such as strategic chemical sourcing and global capex sourcing. Prior its experience at Michelin, he worked on development projects for Li-ion batteries in the USA. Christophe holds a master of science in material engineering from Polytech’Nantes EPUN and a master of science in business & purchasing from EM Lyon.

Marjory EDON

Process Engineer


Graduated from University of Technology of Compiègne, in Biological engineering. Worked as R&D engineer for 10 years in biopharma and Biotech fields Working for Novasep for 7 years, 6 years as R&D engineer (process development and industrialisation) 1 year as process engineer (Industrial unit design and sizing).


Business Development Manager


Manuela FALEMPIN holds a Master II degree in Management and Business Administration from IAE Clermont-Ferrand (Université d’Auvergne). She started her career in the metallurgic industry for the aerospace sector at Pechiney, now Constellium, where she held several positions in sales & supply-chain management during 8 years. Manuela Falempin joined METEX in 2011, in order to set up technological, industrial & commercial partnerships with upstream or downstream players in the different value chains addressed by METEX. As business development manager, she participated in making major METEX deals & collaborations in the past years. She is continuously promoting METEX technologies and products, as well as fostering innovation & future developments.

Nathalie FAYOLLE

Sales Manager Personal Care France


Chemical Engineer graduated from ESCOM (Higher School of Organic and Mineral Chemistry) with a specialization in formulation. After one year of research at L'OREAL, more than 20 years of experience in the distribution of cosmetic and pharmaceutical ingredients. Since 2015: Sales and Marketing Manager in France at the group JRS specializes in natural cellulose based ingredients for all the industries.

Emmanuel FERRIER

Director of the Laboratory of Composite Materials for Construction

Domaine Scientifique de la Doua

FERRIER Emmanuel is a professor in Lyon 1 University. He is the director of LMC2 laboratory in Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, his research activities are in the field of materials and civil engineering structures, the mechanics of interfaces with an application to predict the behavior of bonded joints and the optimization of composite materials and structures for specific behaviors.The application concern the composite materials used for strengthening various types of concrete structures. He is involved is various working group and standardization on external FRP strengthening. He is the vice president of International Institute of Fibers Reinforced polymer for construction. He is also the president of the technical committee of French Civil Engineering Association AFGC.

Aurore FRIES

Sustainability & Responsible Care manager


Sustainable and Responsible Care® manager at France Chimie since 2017, Aurore used to directly developed plant-based chemistry as she animated the ACDV activities and players during 7 years. She also created and launched the Organic cluster in Rhône-Alpes in 2007 which still is dedicated to bio-based innovation support. Her technical (engineer) & marketing background within international contexts allow her to comprehend sustainability as a whole and make links between various topics towards sustainable competitiveness of the industry. In 2000, having pasted 8 months in the US, she started her career at IFF Inc. as flavor marketing manager in France after her MBA and where she had to defend the following thesis :”If I had one dollar to invest, shall it be in natural or synthetic flavors ?”. Does that sound familiar almost twenty years later ? A long journey enriched with other sustainability aspects to stick to customers, consumers and civil society preferences.

Delphine GELY

Marketing Manager - CSR Specialist


Delphine Gely is Technical Marketing Manager of CRODAROM, a French company located in the South of France. She joined the company 15 years ago. After graduating in biochemistry and biology, she obtained a Master of plant physiology, biochemistry and health at the Faculty of Pharmacy of Lille. With a strong marketing and cosmetic knowledge, she has been working with several international style and trend offices to develop and create botanicals linked to innovative, trendy and original concepts. Involved in product development and technical and marketing projects, she is in charge of setting up and deploying the CSR strategy within Crodarom.


Professor at the university of Toulouse


Professor in Phamaceutical Sciences at CIRIMAT UMR CNRS 5085 Responsible of the research focus « Green chemistry and processes » of the CHIMIE BALARD CIRIMAT CARNOT Institute


Marketing Manager


Tim Gratzke is Marketing Manager Decovery® at DSM Resins & Functional Materials. A firm believer in the use of renewables as an alternative to fossil raw materials. He has worked for 9 years in market-facing roles in the packaging industry and was involved in sustainability innovation projects. He joined DSM in 2018 and aims to fuel the transition in the paints & coatings industry towards sustainable, plant-based paints. It is his goal to connect different players in the value chain and together unlock the creativity and innovation needed to make 100% plant-based, high performing paints a reality.


Head of Bioeconomy & Plastics


Paul Henderson is Head of Bioeconomy and Plastics at the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). His key responsibilities include delivering an ambitious new government / industry strategy that aims to double the size of the UK bioeconomy by 2030, as well as contributing to key UK objectives around resource productivity, carbon reduction and clean growth. Paul has been working in the area of sustainability for 20 years, across the public and private sector. After working on a three-year behaviour change project in Queensland, Australia, he joined what was then the Department for Energy and Climate Change in 2013. He has since worked on key projects such as the Renewable Heat Incentive and the Industrial Decarbonisation 2050 Roadmaps. In January 2017 he joined the Agri-tech, Bioeconomy and Chemicals team in BEIS as lead for the bioeconomy, to help ensure the UK can become a global leader in developing, manufacturing, using and exporting bio-based solutions.

Christelle HENRY

Sustainable Development Director


As a chemical doctor-engineer, Christelle worked for several years in regulatory topics as a consultant. She joined Afise, the French professional association for soaps, detergents and maintenance products in 2014. After 4 years as scientific director, she moved to sustainability topics. In charge of CSR, biobased products, indoor air quality and all environment, she helps Afise’s members dealing with new regulations, voluntary initiatives to improve their products and their environmental impacts.

Charlotte HERDT

Development head - TPA for Consumer & Industrial markets


Charlotte joined Arkema in 2008, where she was process engineer for Functional Polyolefins and Product Manager for Specialty Fluorochemicals. Since 2018, she manages the development efforts regarding Technical Polymers for Consumer and Industrial markets in Europe.


COO & co-founder


Florent Héroguel is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at Bloom Biorenewables, an EPFL spinoff producing high-value chemicals from plant wastes as renewable alternatives to fossil fuels. Florent also aims at mitigating climate and health problems caused by current biomass waste management and generating value along the supply chain using Bloom’s competitive solution. Prior to this, he was a scientific collaborator at EPFL where he developed new processes for biomass valorization. Florent obtained his PhD from ETH Zürich after completing a Master degree at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon.


R&D Manager


Steve Hisiger graduated from Polytechnique Montreal where he obtained a M.Sc.A in Chemical Engineering by developing different cell culture systems. He began his career at the Canada Research Chair in Applied Metabolic Engineering where he worked in the field of Biotechnology.Retour ligne automatique He joined Salveco in 2008 as a Research Engineer and was in charge of the Formulation and Responsible for the Regulation Affairs. He has been R&D Manager for Salveco for 4 years by leading the Laboratory in the development of innovative formulations from renewable resources. Taking care of the health of the users, he is responsible for developing innovative solutions in Detergents, Hygiene and Biocides areas.


Marketing Manager, Exilva


Mats Hjørnevik is the marketing manager for the Exilva project. Mats holds a M.Sc. in International Marketing and Management, and has been with Borregaard since 2011. Experiences from commercializing a radical innovation in a global market and running a flagship project.

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After she completed Fashion Design at the Utrecht School of Arts (1999), Aniela Hoitink worked for various fashion companies (i.a. Tommy Hilfiger, Gaastra). She launched NEFFA in 2004 to focus on fashion innovation. NEFFA means “net effe anders” in Dutch, wanting to do things just that bit differently. Aniela Hoitink believes that distinctiveness, individuality and diversity in people and planet are the elements that make the world a better place. Her goal is to create the ultimate personalised garment for mass production. Aniela Hoitink is looking into changing material and production techniques, instead of changing human behaviour. By looking at nature’s own consumptive behaviour she finds solutions for the problems we’re currently facing. These solutions are on the crossover of textile, technology and microbiology. She also researches ancient materials, dyeing and production techniques to combine those with current technologies. She is re-thinking the Future of Fashion by developing personalised fashion and textile projects based on newly developed material and production techniques. Aniela Hoitink helps companies, research institutes and universities with the integration of (bio) technology into textile prototypes and designs to make them more appealing for a specific target group or a wider audience. Her extensive background in the commercial fashion industry helps in translating (bio) technology onto the market. She is available for research, (material) development and prototyping, consultation and mentoring. Currently her main focus is MycoTEX. MycoTEX develops custom-made clothes made from compostable mushroom roots. There are 7,5 billion people on this planet that all need to be clothed. Many of us enjoy fashion and trends, but the clothes that we get rid of are a big problem. For MycoTEX we went to the root of the problem. MycoTEX creates sustainable fabric from mycelium, the roots of mushrooms. With our 3D-modelling process we create garments of this new textile that perfectly fit your body without the need to cut and sew! Our shorter supply chain eliminates the need for chemicals and pesticides. We reduce water usage by 99,5% and local production is reducing transport. We only grow what we need and have no textile waste during the production phase. And AFTER wearing, you can simply bury your garment in the ground and it will naturally decompose. She also initiates projects and gives inspiring presentations to a very diverse range of audiences from fashion to creative industries and science. Her work is featured in TV programs like Groen Licht, Een vandaag and NOS dag van de duurzaamheid, various magazines and websites such as Discovery, Dezeen, Huffington Post and Daily mail and printed publications like National Geographic, New scientist and Surface Design Journal.


President of the Board of Directors


Ian HUDSON started his career with ICI, a former UK based multinational in chemicals and related sectors. In 1998, he joined DuPont de Nemours and held during a period of 17 years, several leading positions within the Company. He retired from the company in 2016 after serving 10 years as President Europe Middle East & Africa. He served as a member of the Executive Committee and Board of CEFIC and of EuropaBio. He was also a member of the Foundation Board of IMD and a member of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce. Mr HUDSON graduated from Oxford University with an MA degree in French and German.




After studying chemical engineering in Germany and France Luc Jager gained his professional experience in major companies of the pharmaceutical industry such as Galderma, Roche and Bayer Healthcare. Starting his career in R&D he has worked in procurement and marketing including a position as director of a global category in Germany. Committed to environmental protection he established Rhizomex Consulting in 2017 dedicated to the implementation of a circular economy loop based on invasive plants.

Claude JANIN


University of Akron Research Foundation (UARF)

Dr. Claude Janin received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Ecole Superieure de Chimie Industrielle de Lyon in 1967. He was awarded his Doctorate in 1971 from the Institut de la Catalyse in Lyon where he focused his studies on the polymerization and the properties of the ladder polyphenylsiloxane. He joined Michelin in 1972 performing research on polyurethane elastomers. From 1983-1992, he was responsible for the Research, Development and Industrialization of synthetic rubbers. Following a brief assignment as the administrator for the research center in Clermont Ferrand, he became Director for Research, Development and Industrialization for Tire materials for the Michelin Group, a position he held until his 2007 retirement. Since then, he served as a Scientific Advisor for the Laboratoire de Recherche et de Controle des Caoutchoucs et Plastiques (LRCCP).He is a Past President of the Scientific Council of French Competitivity Pole, ELASTOPOLE. His numerous contributions to the Synthetic Rubber Industry include the development and industrialization of different anionic SBR, mainly products with high level of vinyl for Silica mixes, the development and industrialization of functionalized anionic SBR and the development and industrialization of SBR at high level of trans with barium catalysts. In 2014, he received the prestigious IISRP (International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers) Technical Award in recognition for these numerous scientific contributions to the Rubber Industry.

Colin JURY

LCA and ecodesign expert


Colin Jury is performing environmental evaluation and ecodesign since 15 years. He practised in both academic and private sectors. Among many other domains, he especially worked in the valorisation of biowastes (wood, wastewater sludge, household waste, food processing industry, etc.), the algal remediation of CO2 as well as the biomass production for material or energetic valorisation (miscanthus, sorghum, maize, jatropha, wood, etc.). With its 4 life cycle analysts and 25 process engineers, the Inovertis group can provide support in any kind of environmental evaluation and process development you need, whatever it is in the frame of eco-design, marketing, ISO 14001 or R&D projects.

Mareike Katharina KAMPMANN

Global marketing Manager Dietary Supplements


Mareike Katharina Kampmann (Dipl. Betriebswirt) Mareike studied International Business in Germany at Fachhochschule Dortmund and in Scotland at University of Abertay Dundee. She proceeded to work with the global leading chemical distributor Brenntag and worked in European Product Management for Food / Pharma / Cosmetics. Roles in European Key Account Management and Marketing followed. Passionate about the Food Industry Mareike joined BASF Human Nutrition in 2012 as global product manager and lead one of the B2C brands of BASF, Tonalin® CLA , from Germany and North America. Since 2016 she assumes responsibility for global Marketing of dietary supplements. She is specifically keen in introducing new health ingredients to the market that deliver value to customers and consumers.


Senior Researcher


Manos Karagiannidis was born in 1986 in Thessaloniki, north Greece. He has completed his Chemical Engineering studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Greece, in 2010. In his final thesis he studied the production of shikonin-based tablets and capsules. He worked in the chemical lab of the State Military Unit. From November, 2013 onwards he is working at CHIMAR HELLAS SA, an industrial company based in Thessaloniki, Greece, which develops and provides technology for the production of adhesive resins and chemicals and for their application in the wood-based panel industry. Currently Manos holds the position of Senior Researcher. His main activities at CHIMAR include the participation and follow up of field R&D projects, the research work in conventional and bio-based resin synthesis and resin application in the production of wood-based panels, the participation in lab, pilot and industrial experiments as well as in lab testing and analysis. His tasks also include the technical support visits to resin and panel manufacturing plants all over the world. He is also the author and co-author in scientific publications and paper presentations at international events.



EPEA Switzerland GmbH

In the 90’s under his management the Swiss Rohner Textil AG won 19 international recognitions and design awards. This environmental and economic management approach led him to becoming a world renowned pioneer. As a result the development of the first Cradle to Cradle® products worldwide: the product lines Climatex®. In 2005 Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart appoints Albin Kälin as CEO of the scientific consultancy EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung GmbH in Hamburg, Germany. (www.epea.com). Since 2006 he supports additional intensive developments of Cradle to Cradle® for the Netherlands and as CEO of EPEA Nederland bv, established in 2008. At the end of 2009, Albin Kälin founds EPEA Switzerland GmbH. EPEA Switzerland GmbH implements with an experienced management team Cradle to Cradle® projects in all industries in the Alpine Region (D,A,CH,F,I,SLO,H) and the textile industry worldwide in cooperation with EPEA GmbH in Hamburg.

Stephane LAURENT

Business Development Manager


Since 2004, Stéphane Laurent (chemical engineer) is working at JRS France as market manager for building chemistry, technical applications and home & personal care. He became in 2012 Director of Innovation for the French market and develops new applications, new developments and new products.


Innovation & Development biotechnology active Manager


Rémi Laville is a Chemical Engineer and has a PhD in Chemistry of Marine Natural Products. After two postdocs from 2008 to 2012, one in the Chemical Institute of Natural Substances in Paris on Marine Sponges Chemical Analysis and the other at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis on Aromatic and Medicinal Plant Valorization, he co-created and developed the R&D department on Natural Cosmetic and Perfume ingredients at Cosmo International Ingredients in Nice from 2012 to 2016. Since 2016 he is in charged of the Innovation & Development Team in Plant Biotechnology at Biotechmarine, subsidiary of SEPPIC.




Philippe LAVOISIER is chemical engineer with more than 25 years experience in the plastic packaging industry , where first worked with 3M company in USA for development of new adhesive tapes using thin gauge plastic backing film ; then moved in Engineering company for the supply of turn key plant for the production of traditionnal fuel based plastic films such as Polypropylene or polyester ; in 1985 created IDEAS company for the sales of plastic films for packaging and started to work on biodegradable films that were sold over europe. Starting 2010 , Philippe developped technology based upon Macro algaes which are waste ( ULVA) and showed feasability of making bioplastics from those without odor and color as it can be founded on other Algae bioplastics .- Two patents were filled related to technology to produce bioplastics with their formula , properties and application .-Philippe has expertise in all kind of Bioplastics used in the plastic industry from thin gauge films till injection molded packaging for cosmetics. Founder of ERANOVA in 2016 and awarded ( Program d’Investissement d’Avenir) from ADEME in 2017 in France for establishment of industrial Pilot plant located in Port Saint Louis du Rhône (13) . ERANOVA industrial pilot will operate in 2019 .


Project Leader


Michael LECOURT has been a project manager at the Forest Cellulose Wood Construction and Furniture Technology Institute (FCBA) for 16+ years. He obtained a master's degree in chemistry and an engineering diploma from ENSTIB, the French wood school, and a PhD degree dealing with mechanical processing of pulps. Along these years, he has developed several technical skills in the applications of wood-based fibres, including pulp for paper applications (in particular mechanical processing, subject initiated during this doctoral thesis) and panels industries. He has used his skills acquired through the management of several national and international projects. Currently, Michael manages several projects dealing with process improvement, the substitution of oil-based chemicals with biosourced solutions. In addition, for several years now, he has been involved in projects to find green solutions applicable to the wood packaging industry.

Sebel LEE

R&D Manager


Sebel is a Chemical Engineer by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. He is an Entrepreneur who has created his own company in the field of medical devices, successfully licensing production technology and product. Since mid 2017 he is in charge of Biprocel's R&D




CEO of OLEOWAYS SAS. Chemical engineer in organic chemistry with IAE third management cycle for International Business. Working 10 years for HOECHST and 25 years for AVRIL group. 30 years of experience in the field of polymers and paints and plant based chemistry-oleochemistry. Involved in organizations AFTPVA, UATCM, FATIPEC, SECF, IAR Cluster, MATIKEM, CEEBIOS, ACDV.


Business Manager Biopolymers


Dr. Erwin Lepoudre obtained his Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) in 2000. After another 2 years of research work at the university, he started his industrial career within Kaneka Belgium N.V. in 2002. He has initially been responsible for technical service and project management with customers of the Kane Ace® product line, which includes various polymer additives, i.e. impact modifiers, processing aids, and other functional additives based on core-shell rubber technology, to be used in PVC, epoxy resins, engineering plastics, PMMA etc. Later one, as New Business Development Specialist, he has been responsible to enlarge the use of new technologies of Kaneka Corporation within the European market, such as Sibstar®, an isobutylene based thermoplastic elastomer for packaging applications and Graphinity®, synthetic graphite sheet, for electronic applications. Within his recent challenge as Business Manager Biopolymers, he is responsible to expand the usage of the biobased and biodegradable PHBHTM material towards a variety of new applications. Within this position, he is also member of the board of European Bioplastics and Belgian Biopackaging.


Managing partner


Denis Lucquin is a Managing Partner of Sofinnova Partners. In life sciences, he specializes in industrial biotechnology investments. He joined Sofinnova in 1991. Denis began his career in academic research. For five years, he was in charge of the technology transfer department at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), France’s agricultural research institute. In 1989, he joined the venture capital industry as director of investments at Innolion (Crédit Lyonnais). During his first 17 years at Sofinnova Partners, Denis carried out many investments in Health Care such as Nicox, Oxford Glycosciences, Oxford Molecular, PPL Therapeutics, Conjuchem, Exonhit, IDM, Innate Pharma, Ablynx, Cerenis, and Noxxon (all of which successfully went public) as well as Novexel (sold to Astrazeneca), and Crop Design (sold to BASF Crop Sciences). He recently specialized in Industrial Biotech and invested in BioAmber and Avantium (both went public respectively on NYSE and Euronext Amsterdam) and in Green Biologics and Agrosavfe. He acts or has acted as a board member for all these companies. Denis was also the Chairman of Sofinnova Partners between 2007 and 2017, and founded in 1997 the French biotech entrepreneurs association, France Biotech. He is a graduate in engineering from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole du Génie Rural des Eaux et Forêts. He has a degree in Innovation Management from the Université de Paris-Dauphine.

Christophe LUGUEL

Director Europe

IAR, The French Bioeconomy Cluster

Christophe Luguel has a Master of Engineering in Agronomy (AgroParisTech, France). After three years spent in a R&D Centre (Hoechst), he occupied various positions in sales, marketing and business development in chemical and biotech companies. He joined the French biocluster IAR (Industries & Agro-Ressources) in 2007, as Head of International Affairs. Christophe is also Vice chair of BIC (Biobased Industries Consortium) Board and member of the Governing Board of the Bio-Based Industries (BBI) JU, a € 3.7bn Public Private Partnership on Bio-Based Industries, within Horizon 2020.

Dries MAES

Policy advisor, Department of Economy, Science and Innovation


Dries Maes obtained a Master in Engineering Sciences in 1999 and specializes since 2003 in the economic and sustainability assessment of industrial solutions for biomass and renewable energy projects. As a consultant, he guided several companies and organisation in their transition towards a more sustainable business. He defended his PhD in Applied economics in 2015, focusing on the regional impact of innovative biobased industrial solutions. In 2017 he started working as a policy advisor for the Flemish Government. The Department of Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI Department) prepares, monitors and evaluates policy in the Economy, Science and Innovation policy area. The policies of EWI promote coherently (i) excellence in scientific research, (ii) an attractive and sustainable business climate, and (iii) a creative, innovative and entrepreneurial society. Within the Department Dries focuses on the development of a long-term strategy to stimulate the Flemish Bioeconomy, and aligns policy makers from different policy domains to ensure a coherent framework for this strategy.


Research Chemical Engineer & Project Manager


Ofei Mante, PhD, is a Research Chemical Engineer and a Project Manager at RTI International (NC, USA). He has over 12 years of experience in thermochemical conversion of a variety of biomass feedstocks. His current research and development efforts are geared toward addressing technical barriers and economic challenges related to thermochemical conversion of biomass into hydrocarbon liquid fuels and bioproducts. He is focused on developing strategies for recovering and producing marketable bioproducts based on an integrated biorefinery concept, with the aim of making a wide variety of biomass-derived intermediates that can be used in today’s processing infrastructures for liquid fuels, chemicals, pharmaceutical products, plastics, and other essentials of modern life. In addition, he is exploring the use of thermal, chemical, and innovative catalytic processes for lignin utilization and other waste streams.

Ignacio MARTIN

Head of strategic partnering at CIRCE


Chemist, starting at the University of Autonoma of Madrid (Spain), where he was granted with the Degree of Inorganic Chemistry in 2000. Since then, he has accounted over 17 years of experience in project management and developing, monitoring and reporting R+D projects in the field of chemistry and environment. Furthermore, Ignacio has managed international high-level policy and industrial initiatives as a technical recognized expert with high level management skills. In addition, Ignacio coordinates several relevant EU projects and technical support services in the field of bioeconomy strategies development. By now, Ignacio is Head of Strategic Partnering in CIRCE Foundation.




Alain Marty holds a degree in engineering and a Doctorate in Biochemical Engineering from INSA in Toulouse (the French National Institute of Applied Sciences). He began his career in 1992 as a Senior Lecturer at the INSA in Toulouse. He became professor in 2007 and conducted research at INSA’s LISBP (Laboratory for the Engineering of Biological Systems and Processes). His areas of research include biotechnology, bio-catalysis, enzymology, molecular engineering of enzymes, developing intensified enzymatic reactors, and metabolic engineering. Over the course of his career, he has brought together cutting-edge research with the challenge of implementing it in the industrial sphere through collaborations such as with Syngenta, Avril, La toulousaine de Céréales, Sanofi, Pierre Fabre, Bioland, Mayoly Spindler, Lesaffre, Airbus. He is the Scientific Chief Officer of Carbios since April 2015.

Emmanuel MARX

Economic and environmental assessments engineer


Organic Chemist by training (Engineer from ENSCP and PhD from Université Pierre et Marie Curie), I spent all my career in R&I at Rhône-Poulenc / Rhodia / Solvay. After a dozen years in several positions in Analytical Chemistry, dealing with NMR or Competitors products analysis, I spent four years as Technical Sales Support, helping our customers use our products the best way and solve problems they could meet with them. Five years as Competitive Intelligence Officer then followed before joining in 2012 my current position, where I do my best to help orientate R&I projects by highlighting both their economic and environmental performances.

Corentine MAUGAT

Investment Advisor - Industry

ADERLY/INVEST IN LYON - Economic development Agency for Lyon area

A Lyon native, Corentine studied management, international trade and business development in France, Germany, Finland and New Zealand. She worked for 4 years in marketing positions in various business sectors: in aerospace at Airbus in Toulouse, in the banking industry at Crédit Agricole and finally in the food sector at Panzani. She then served as international project manager for the promotion and prospecting of foreign companies in the Rhône-Alpes region for. At Aderly/ INVEST IN LYON, Corentine is an Industry Prospecting Consultant covering all of the Agency’s territory. In particular, she is the key contact for cleantech, chemical and aeronautic sectors.

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Murray McLaughlin (B.Sc. McGill University, M.Sc. and Ph.D. Cornell University) Dr. Murray McLaughlin is President of McLaughlin Consultants and an Advisor to Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) and to Forest Products Innovation(FPI). From 2010 to 2016 he was the Executive Director of BIC and the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance in Sarnia, Ontario, with a focus on a Sustainable Bioeconomy. Also he managed a national Bioproducts cluster supported by AAFC. Dr. McLaughlin has held various positions in the private, government and non-profit sectors such as Director of Business Development for the Canadian Light Source, President of Ontario Agri-Food Technologies, Deputy Minister of Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food, and President of Ag-West Biotech Inc. He managed a Venture Capital Fund, Foragen had 15 years with ELANCO in R& D and marketing. His career has focused on bioindustrial and agricultural technologies including research, development and product management, marketing, commercialization, economic development and cluster building. He is a member of numerous Boards of Directors and Advisory Committees, including, BioNB and BC Research Institute(BCRI). He co-chairs the Industrial Bioproducts Value Chain Roundtable which is a partnership between Industry and AAFC for the bioeconomy. He is a graduate of NS Agricultural College, McGill (BSc) and Cornell (MSC/PhD). He has an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Dalhousie University and received several awards ; LSO Community Service Award; the GoldLeaf award from BioteCanada and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal. He was recipient of the LSO Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 and recognized in the top 100 global leaders in the Advanced Bioeconomy at Biofuels Digest Conference in 2016.


Life Sciences Advisor


2018 – today: Life Sciences Advisor, Bio.be/essenscia 2014 – 2017: Deputy Head of Cabinet, Cabinet Carlo Di Antonio (environment) 2007 – April 2014: Director Quality, Control and Prevention, Fost Plus 1999 – 2007: Quality & Project Control Manager, Fost Plus 1995 – 1999: Group Project Manager, Fost Plus 1993 – 1995: Adviser, Waste management expert, SGS 1986 – 1992: Executive Assistant and Head of Safety and Hygiene, Suez 1985 – 1986: Trainer, Forem 1984 - 1985: Researcher, UCL




Throughout my studies, the lectures I have given and the development of my research, I have acquired an overview of the field of civil engineering in general and scientific and technical expertise in building physics and solar energy in particular. My doctoral work was conducted in the Building Physics Team at the Centre of Thermal Sciences of Lyon (CETHIL) UMR CNRS 5008/INSA / UCB Lyon 1. After 1 year as research fellow at the Technological Institute A, Civil Engineering Department (UCB Lyon 1), I was recruited as a lecturer in the department in September 1999. I've done my research and my teaching, respectively at CETHIL and IUTA until September 2008. From 2004 to 2008 I was the head of Solar Systems Team at CETHIL. In 2006, I have spend 9 months of sabbatical at the UNSW (Sydney, Australia) as visiting academic. I presented a Habilitation for Direction of Researches in December 2007. In September 2008, I obtained a full professor position at the School of Engineering Polytech Annecy Chambéry of the Savoie University and then LOCIE UMR5271. During this period I was the head of one of the two team : Building and Solar energy Integration. Since January 2011, I am at the INSA (National Institute of Applied Sciences) Lyon and provided education. I am Full Professor head of a Chair of Research and Training "Habitats and Energy Innovations" carried by the INSA Foundation and supported by EDF (Electricity of France). I’m also head of the Solar Building section of the CNRS Solar Energy scientific network.

Philippe MENGAL

Executive Director


Philippe Mengal is the Executive Director of the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) since 1st of October 2015. His mission is to further consolidate the role and responsibilities of the BBI JU. The Executive Director is the legal representative of the BBI JU. He is the chief executive responsible for the day-to-day management of the BBI JU in accordance with the decisions of the Governing Board. Mr. Mengal trained as an engineer in Chemistry and Bio-industry at the Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech University and later on in Strategic Innovation Management at INSEAD - Fontainebleau in France. He started his career in 1990 in France as R&D engineer in the field of biomass fractionation and purification. In 1995 he became Technical Director of a research centre dedicated to biomass valorisation and between 1990 and 1997 he taught in a Master programme on chemical engineering in Rennes, France. He has published a number of scientific papers and awarded 5 patented license agreements. In his 25 years of professional experience before joining BBI JU, Mr. Mengal held strategic managerial positions in France and Belgium such as CEO of three companies, Global R&D Director of a multinational and Senior Consultant in food ingredient, engineering and life science industries.

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Carine Michel is a CNRS researcher who joined the CNRS in 2009 and received the Bronze medal in 2015. She obtained a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry specialized in modelling the chemical reactivity of various homogeneous systems. Since she joined the Theoretical Chemistry group at the Laboratoire de Chimie of ENS de Lyon, she focused on modelling on the catalytic valorisation of biomass into chemicals. She extended her research themes to the study of reactive solid/liquid interfaces with a focus on the life cycle of catalysts, from preparation to deactivation. She has long-term collaboration with Solvay and the E2P2 lab in particular in Shanghai, with uOttawa (French PI of the LIA Funcat) and more recently with Total and IFPEN.

François MONNET



After graduating from Ecole Polytechnique (Paris) in 1981, François Monnet obtained a PhD in Experimental Nuclear Physics in 1985 (Paris). He also got a Master in Artificial Intelligence (1986; Paris) He first worked 4 years At Alcatel-Lucent’s corporate labs, in Artificial Intelligence. François joined Solvay in 1989, to successively be in charge of chlorofluorinated production, and then plant manager in mineral and pharmaceutical chemistry. He managed the Global Business Unit “Advanced Functional Minerals” (Angera, Italy). Since 2006, François has been developing Solvay’s activities in Nanotechnologies and Renewable Based Chemistry, as part of Solvay’s Corporate New Business Development. François Monnet is presently > President of ACDV, the French Industrial Association for Plant-Based Chemistry. > a member of CEFIC program Council on Research & Innovation > and member of the Boards - of the cPPP SPIRE. - and of the European Technological platform Suschem. - Axelera, the Competitiveness cluster of chemical and environmental industries, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in France.


Executive Director


Dr. Pierre F. Monsan is professor emeritus of INSA Toulouse (University of Toulouse, France) and professor at the École des Mines (ParisTech, France) in charge of the Department of Biotechnology. He is a Senior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France since 2003. He is a founding member of the French Academy of Technologies (2000). P. Monsan is the Executive Director of the preindustrial demonstrator TWB (Toulouse White Biotechnology) (UMS INRA / INSA / CNRS) since 2012. He was involved in 1984 as co-founder of one of the very first French biotech start-up companies, BioEurope. He was also involved in the creation of BioTrade (environmental processes, 1996), Génibio (nutritional ingredients, 1998) and the setup of LibraGen in Toulouse (metagenomics, 2004). He acts as a consultant for several French and international companies in agribusiness, cosmetics and pharmacy. P. Monsan is a member of the Executive Board of the European Federation of Biotechnology and Vice-President of the French Federation of Biotechnology. He is the French representative at the Board of the International Carbohydrate Organization and member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the ERA-NET Industrial Biotechnology. His research area is the enzymatic catalysis and molecular engineering. He is the author of over 220 scientific publications, two books and 61 patents.

Pierre-Yves MORVAN

R&D Manager


Pierre-Yves Morvan was born in 1966 at Rennes (France). He has a Master in Biochemistry and Biology at the University of Rennes. He obtained his PhD in 1996 at the University of Rennes. He was study director for pharmaceutical and dermatological in vitro testing from 1995 to 1997. Then, he has joined the French company CODIF International in 1997 in order to develop in vitro testing for safety and efficacy evaluation on raw materials. Then, he was Research manager at CODIF from 2000 to 2002. He is the R&D Director of CODIF International since 2003. He manages the scientific team to develop plant extracts for cosmetic uses. These active ingredients producing from natural plants and algae are proposed by CODIF Technologie Naturelle. He is member of the French Cosmetic Society (SFC) since 2003. He wrote several scientific publications for journals like J Pharm Pharmacol, Eur. Cyt. Net, Cell Mol. Biol., and for French and international cosmetic magazines like Parfum Cosmetique Actualites and Personal Care Magazine. He has lectured at numerous international congress like World Congress of Dermatology, International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists (IFSCC) Congress and Conferences, European Days of Dermatology, Stratum Corneum, Cosming, Sepawa congress, and In Cosmetics. He was awarded for the best oral presentation at 5th Stratum Corneum (Cardiff, 2008) and received the Prize Pierre Velon (Paris, France, 2003). List of some publications and communications (since 2013): • Effects of blue light on human skin and protective effect of Artemisia capillaris extract. 30th IFSCC Congress, Munich, Germany, 19th September 2018. • How to support the biodiversity of our planet skin? Workshop: The Microbiome of the Skin: new avenues of research. In-cosmetics, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 17th April 2018. • Evaluation of the effects of stressful life on human skin microbiota. 64th Sepawa Congress, Berlin, Germany, 18-20th October 2017. • Effects of stressful life on human skin biota. 46th World Congress on Microbiology, Dublin, Ireland, 18-19th September 2017. Published in J. Bacteriol. Parasitol., 2017, 8(6). DOI: 10.4172/2155-9597-C1-040. • Evaluation of the effect of stressful life on human skin microbiota. 2nd Symposium on Skin Microbiota, Paris, France, 15th June 2017. • Evaluation of the air pollution effects on human skin. 63rd Sepawa Congress, Fulda, Germany, 12-14th October 2016. • Production of Marine Exopolysaccharides and their uses in cosmetics. 6th Jean Paul Marty Days, Paris, 8-9th December 2015. • Evaluation of the air pollution effects on human dermal fibroblasts using an original 3-D model. 23th IFSCC Conference, Zurich, 21-23 September 2015. • Effect of cosmetic products on collagen and elastin production in 3D skin cell culture. 23th IFSCC Conference, Zurich, 21-23 September 2015. • A natural sulphated exopolysaccharide from Cobetia marina, a potential mimetic of heparin sulphate and its modulation of the in vitro epidermal biological activity. 23rd World Congress of Dermatology, Vancouver, Canada, 8-13 June 2015. • Evaluation of the air pollution effects on human skin using an original 3-D model. 28th IFSCC Congress, Paris, 27-30 October 2014. • Use of botanical identification by DNA barcoding for cosmetic applications. 28th IFSCC Congress, Paris, 27-30 October 2014. • Is An Enzymatic Extraction Process A Sustainable Fabrication? 28th IFSCC Congress, Paris, 27-30 October 2014. • Evaluation of the effects of a purified marine exopolysaccharide on gene expression in a model of psoriatic epidermis, 3rd Cosmetic Innovation Days Cosminnov, Orleans, September 2013. • Epidermal hyaluronic acid: a new look at hydration. Personal Care Magazine Europe. November 2013, Vol. 6, issue 5: 56-58. • Mitochondrial homeostasis anti-cellulite strategy. Personal Care Magazine Europe April 2013, Vol. 6, issue 2: 119-122. • Perfecting properties of a marine exopolysaccharide. Personal Care Magazine Asia January 2013, Vol. 14, issue 1: 60-61. • The use of a biotechnological ingredient to improve the physical and chemical barrier of the skin for a healthier epidermis. 26th European Days of Dermatology, Lyon, February 2013.

Philippe MOUSSOU

R&D Project Management Manager


R&D Project Management Manager - BASF Beauty Care Solutions Philippe Moussou has a Diploma of Biotechnological engineer (INSA Toulouse) and a PhD in Chemistry (Aix-Marseille University). After different positions in R&D on active ingredients in the personal care industry since 1998, he is now working today as R&D project manager at BASF Beauty Care Solutions in France. His main activity is to lead the R&D projects portfolio for innovative active ingredients and processes.


Chief Scientific Officer


After completing his thesis in 2001, Lionel MUNIGLIA focused his research on enzymatic catalysis to develop sustainable processes for the extraction and synthesis of biomolecules. In 2002, he obtained a position as a lecturer at the École Nationale Supérieure d'Agronomie et des Industries Alimentaires (ENSAIA) in Nancy. A few years later in 2009, a green process for the fractionation of vegetable raw materials was developed and patented internationally. With many applications in sight, he created the company "Biolie, l'extraction au sens propre" in 2012 (www.biolie.fr) to implement the process industrially. Based on the principle of biorefinery, Biolie offers a complete valorization of the treated plant for the extraction of oil, proteins, sugars or polyphenolic compounds in a healthy and sustainable way. He is also interested in the design of enzymatic synthesis processes, in particular through the action of oxidases such as laccases (E.C. for the synthesis of "natural-identical" dyestuffs or the functionalization of biopolymers such as chitosan or pectin. Within ENSAIA, he is strongly involved in the field of food innovation. He is responsible for the "Food Formulation" specialty and teaches food chemistry, ingredients and additives. Today, Lionel Muniglia continues his work at the Laboratory of Biomolecular Engineering (LIBio) of the University of Lorraine at ENSAIA in enzymatic catalysis and development of sustainable "green" processes and is the scientific director of the Biolie company. He is the author of 32 international publications, one book chapter and more than 50 lectures.

Timothée NYS

Product Manager


Specialized in innovation and market demand, Timothée starts his career in 2013 in the advertising industry. After a first experience in Berlin, he moves to Montreal to develop media investment strategies for major Canadian and US companies. Four years later, he comes back to France to take the challenge of green transition in the fields of biocides and phytosanitary products. He joined Breyner in 2018 to promote these highly anticipated solutions for the future.

Marjorie OCHS

Associate professor

Institute of Molecular and Supramolecular Chemistry and Biochemistry (ICBMS)

Marjorie Ochs obtained her PhD in 2012 at the Université Reims-Champagne-Ardenne (France). During this time, she worked on the development of chemo-enzymatic pathways for the valorization of pentoses obtained from the hemicellulosic fraction of agricultural waste. Then she joined for 2 years the Laboratory for Biologic Systems and Processes Engineering (LISBP) in Toulouse (France). During this time, she worked for the european project BIOCORE and she developed a high-throughput screening method in order to improve the transglycosylation ability of glycoside hydrolases by molecular evolution. In 2014, she joined the Institute of Molecular and Supramolecular Chemistry and Biochemistry (ICBMS) at the University Lyon 1 as associate professor where she develops electrochemical methods for screening and characterization of enzyme activities for the valorization of lignocellulosic biomass.

Jacqueline PANAROTTO

Sales Manager


Graduation: Chemical Engineer by the University of Rio Grande do Sul – Porto Alegre – Brazil – 1979 Post-Graduation : Process Engineer – Petroleum and Petrochemistry – PETROBRAS – Porto Alegre – Brazil Since February 2006 – Buss-SMS-Canzler GmbH. – Pratteln - Switzerland - (Head Quarter in Butzbach – Germany) Sales Manager for Evaporation and Drying Technologies - Responsible for a market area and sales budget: Geographic Area: France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece and South Eastern Europe (Ex-Yugoslavia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania). Development and assistance of commercial agents for the market area. Clients’ follow-up and research of new customers and markets. Issuing of quotations, secrecy agreements and contracts with clients Follow-up of projects, including the follow-up of the pilot tests, up to the order. Equipment and plants for recycling, plant base chemistry, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, food, solvent recovery, energy and other industries, according to the European and/or American standards Since October 1998 – Kühni S.A. – Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology (Today part of Sulzer).- Allschwil - Switzerland Sales and Process Engineer responsible for a market area and sales budget, including engineering, manufacturing and commissioning of plants : Clients’ follow-up and research of new customers and markets. Quotations, follow-up and basic and project engineering of complete plants for chemical, pharmaceutical, food, solvent recovery and other industries, according to the European and/or American standards: - Distillation, absorption, stripping, evaporation in thin film, etc. - Scale-up of pilot plants into industrial plants. - Both complete skid mounted plants erected in our workshop or on site erected plants. - For the quotation: Problem definition with the customer, simulations with CHEMCAD and ASPEN (performance of pilot tests in our test center with the client), price calculation and preparation of the offer. - After the client’s order: Basic engineering, project management, meetings with customers, hazop analysis, start-up of the plant. Application Field: - Type of industries : Chemical, pharmaceutical, food, recycling, etc. Geographic Field : - France, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Portugal, Italy, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark. From December 1990 to September 1998 – BEFS technologies – Engineering company in the coal tar treatment field – Mulhouse - France : Process and Project Engineer : Process engineering and Project management for tar distillation plants. Simulations with PROII – Plants’ quotations – meeting with clients – start-up of the new plants. Basic and project engineering for the following plants: - Electrode Pitch unit for a tar distillation pant in Argentina - Several units in Europe to improve the quality of the tar components like naphthalene, anthracene, dephenolated oil, pitch, etc - Revamping of an existing tar distillation plant in Spain (Bilbao). Part of the group of process engineers that did the basic engineering for complete tar distillation plants in the following countries: - Taiwan, Iran, China. Specific equipment design tools development (for PC): - Tar furnaces, specific heat exchangers, special column trays, etc. 1989 to 1990 – Alfa Laval Industrie – Responsible for an Agency in Nancy - France: Sales Engineer: - Creation and development of an Agency of Alfa Laval France in Nancy responsible for the East par of France. - Meetings with customers in order to present the company and its products and/or to discuss of an actual exchange problem. - Performance of conferences on heat exchangers at the University of Nancy. 1979 à 1988 – PETROBRAS – Petroleum Company – Porto Alegre & Rio de Janeiro: Process Engineer: Petroleum Distillation Plants’ follow-up an optimization: - Simulations with HYSIM et PROCESS - Revamping, new units, debottlenecking, etc. - Follow-up of the project for adding air pre-heating systems in the existing furnaces of the group, our technology was later sold to the YFP in Argentina. - Global study of the various vacuum systems of all the refineries of the group and the optimization of the vacuum columns. - Star-up of revamped plants Alternative energy sources : - Project follow-up and star-up of a vegetable coal gazeification plant in the north of Brazil (Manaus)

Bruno PARY

International fellow

University of Akron Research Foundation (UARF)

Bruno M. Pary started his career in 1975, as Research Assistant for the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) at the Paris University. In 1978, he joined ExxonMobil as an Elastomers Commercial Engineer in Paris and then moved to Brussels, where he held several supervisory positions in Elastomers Technology and Product Management. He was transferred to Houston in 1988 to the Polymers Business, and then returned to Brussels. During this period, and until 1995, he held a number of management positions in Marketing, Sales and Product Management. In 1995, he was appointed Europe, Middle East & Africa General Manager for Specialty Elastomers and in 2001 Global Manager for Sales for Specialty Elastomers. In 2006, he was appointed Senior Advisor, at ExxonMobil Chemical Middle East and Africa. In this position, he participated to the definition and the implementation of the Elastomers project in Saudi Arabia, a multi B$ project including several Rubber plants, a Rubber Institute and a Technology Center. He retired from ExxonMobil in 2013, after 35 years of service. Mr. Pary has been an active member of the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers (IISRP), as European Director and as International President. In this position, he has organized the first Global Rubber Forum in the Middle East, in Dubai. In 2018, he received the prestigious IISRP General Award for his global contributions to the Synthetic Rubber Industry. He is currently International Fellow of the University of Akron Research Foundation. In this position, he supports a number of initiatives aiming at the commercialization of Technologies developed in the Ohio Business incubator. Mr. Pary, a native of Marseille (France), is a Chemical Engineer (Lyon), earned a Doctorate in Polymers at the Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris), and a Business Degree from the IAE Paris (Institut d’Aministration des Entreprises).


Director Marketing & Sales


Graduated in Fine chemistry from University of Marseille Provence in 1994, holding various positions in sales and marketing from mid-90s, holding first position at former DEGUSSA now known as EVONIK. Spent 12 years+ in that international group having various responsibilities in sales & marketing organizations. Experienced in various industrial segments and skilled in languages allowing me to work in a multicultural environments. After some time in the petrochemical based industry I moved to the bio-economy world by joining PENNAKEM, part of MINAFIN group, in the end of 2011; to promote green chemistry and especially focusing on furfural derivatives. Now at the edge of Innovation, Marketing and Sales with a global international responsibility for the growth and development of Pennakem and Minafin activities. Member of IAR cluster and ACDV organization I promote C5 derived sugar chemistry and derivatives for a sustainable world. Current position is in Marketing and Sales For Pennakem and for EcoXtract new business unit of the Minafin group.

Caroline PETIGNY

Manager Sustainability & Scientific Relations

BASF France (ACDV)

Caroline Pétigny is responsible for sustainable development and science relations for BASF in France. She is in charge of the sustainability strategy of BASF in France and of scientific public affairs, with a strong focus on nanotechnologies and bioeconomy. She is member of the board of ACDV (Association Chimie du Végétal), president of the CSR commission at France Chimie (chemical industry federation), and engaged in several organization related to sustainable development (C3D, EpE, …) Before joining BASF in 2007, she worked in research and development in the pharmaceutical industry in France and Switzerland. She has graduated as chemical engineer and obtained her Ph-D in chemistry at the university of Grenoble before doing a post-doctoral internship at the university of Nottingham, UK.

Emmanuel PETIOT



Prior to joining Deinove in January 2013, Emmanuel PETIOT was Director of Sales at Novozymes North America Inc., the world leader in enzymes and microorganisms. For 9 years, he has had a successful career at this Danish industrial biotechnology leader, holding executive positions in marketing, sales and business development, both in Europe and the United States. He was also General Manager of the French subsidiary of Novozymes, covering European operations. Previously, he held senior marketing and sales positions at Dow Chemical (2000-2004) and Air Liquide (1996-2000). His job at DEINOVE is to make sure that the company strikes the right technology and commercial partnerships as well as further strengthens its R&D and Operational structures to accelerate industrialization of its breakthrough bio-based solutions. Emmanuel PETIOT graduated from EDHEC Business School and the École Centrale de Paris (renowned engineering school).


InTechFibres Team Manager


Dr. Michel Petit-Conil, PhD in process engineering and material science in 1995, Coordinator of the partnership between CTP and FCBA (the two technical centers of the forestry chain). Since 2007, Director of the InTechFibres division at FCBA and Manager of InTechFibres Team at CTP. Post-doctoral degree for professorship qualification in 2013 based on the valorisation of lignocellulosic materials. After a first experience as production engineer in a tissue manufacturing mill, he entered CTP in 1989 in the paper pulp R&D department. 30 years of experience in R&D in the field of paper pulp processing, lignocellulosic fibres characterisation, biorefinery development and valorisation of lignocellulosic materials into fibres, fibres derivatives (MFC) and molecules. Involved in many National and European Projects as coordinator, workpackage leader or partner.


Sustainable Innovation Manager


Education: - Studies : Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry (Paris-Sud University, Orsay, France) - Ph. D., 1984: New sugar derivatives in the field of antibacterial compounds and immunostimulants (Pr. Sir Derek Barton, Nobel Prize Laureate, as thesis committee member). Career: - Joined L’OREAL R&I in 1984 - Team Manager in charge of eco-design of skin care and hair care ingredients till 2004 - Sustainable Innovation Manager from 2004 Scientific Activity: - > 130 patents - > 25 publications and posters - > 40 oral communications in Green Chemistry International Conferences: - Design and Development of new Sugar derivatives and new Sphingolipids launched on the market for hair and skin care - Synthesis of new C-Glycoside surfactants - Implementation of Green Chemistry Principles at L’Oréal since 2005 - Participation in the drafting of a new ISO Standard on Natural & Organic ingredients in cosmetics (ISO 16128-1,2) Research topics: - Eco-design of green ingredients based on chemistry and biocatalysis ofmonosaccharides, polysaccharides and lipids (sphingolipids and ceramides) - Development of new green processes using renewable raw materials from plant - Implementation of green metrics and naturalness index



Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA)

Prof. Florence Popowycz got her PhD with Prof. Pierre Vogel in 2003 from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) after working on mannosidase inhibitors. After a 1-year post-doctoral stay in Geneva, she moved to Lyon where she holds now a full professor position at the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA). Her main interests are devoted to the development of new synthetic methodologies and its applications to heterocyclic scaffolds. Dr. Popowycz has authored more than 60 manuscripts and 6 patents.


Co-Chair UN International Resource Panel and Partner


Dr Janez Potočnik was born in 1958. He graduated with honours from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Ljubljana. He continued his studies at the same University where he did his Master's degree in 1989 and a Ph.D. degree in 1993. For several years (1989-1993), he worked as a researcher at the Institute of Economic Research in Ljubljana. In July 1994, he was appointed Director of the Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development of the Republic of Slovenia. In April 1998, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia appointed Dr Potočnik Head of Negotiating Team for Accession of the Republic of Slovenia to the European Union. From June 2000 to December 2000, he was also the acting director of Government Office for European Affairs. In June 2001, he was appointed a Minister Councillor at the Office of the Prime Minister. On January 24, 2002, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia appointed him for the Minister without portfolio responsible for European Affairs. From 1991 until 2004 Dr Potočnik has also been an assistant professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Ljubljana, where he lectured on statistics and economy. Dr Potočnik became a Member of the European Commission on the May 1 2004. Half of the year he was sharing the Enlargement portfolio with Günther Verheugen. After that, until 2010 he was responsible for the Science and Research. In 2010 he took on a second mandate as Member of the European Commission responsible for Environment. The mandate ended November 1st 2014. In November 2014 he was appointed as a member and Co-Chair of International Resource Panel hosted by United Nations Environment Programme. In the same month he was also appointed as a Chairman of The Forum for the Future of Agriculture and a Member of the European Policy Centre's Advisory Council. From 2015 on he is also chairing the RISE foundation and playing the role the of Ambassador for the 2015 Year of the Brain. In May 2008 he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Science by London Imperial College. In March 2009 he received the honorary degree from Ghent University (Belgium). In May 2016 he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Science in Economics and Business Administration by Finland Aalto University. In September 2013 he received the United Nations' 2013 Champions of the Earth Award for the Efforts to Promote Resource Efficiency and Reduce Food Waste in European Union. In March 2014 The Catalan Association of research entities awarded him with The ACER Award for the visionary contributions and leadership that made possible the ERC. December 1st 2014 the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) awarded him the Twelve stars for the environment Award for his science-based approach to promoting environmental sustainability. In January 2015 during World Economic Forum he was awarded by the Circulars 2015, an initiative of the Forum of Young Global Leaders the Fortune Award for Circular Economy Leadership. In October 31st 2015 the Carlowitz Society awarded him the Hans-Carl-Von-Carlowitz-Award 2015 for courageous, open minded, and international work for the idea of the circular economy in Europe.

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Caroline PRIEUR

Industry Project Manager


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Co-founder and Scientific Director


Ph-D in 1998 at University of Le Mans, France 1999 Post-Doctorat at University of Minnessota, USA From 2000, Assistant professor at University of Saint Etienne, France From 2014, Co-founder and Scientific Director of Lactips


Research Director


Yves Queneau is senior researcher at CNRS, the French National Center for Scientific Research, specialized in carbohydrate chemistry and bio-based chemistry, working at the Institute for Molecular and Supramolecular Chemistry and Biochemistry (ICBMS), University of Lyon. His background includes a PhD (University of Paris-Sud Orsay) on aqueous media for organic synthesis and post-doctoral studies (MSKCC, New York, USA) in the field of total synthesis. He successively worked at ICMMO in Orsay, then led the CNRS-Béghin-Say joint academic-industrial research team dedicated to sucrose valorization before joining ICBMS in 2003. He has authored more than 160 papers, chapters and patents. He is an editor for the SPR book series Carbohydrate Chemistry of RSC. He teaches carbohydrate chemistry at the University of Savoie Mont Blanc, at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology (Wuhan, China) and at the University of Hull (UK) where he is Honorary Professor. He is currently a member of the scientific committee of the Axelera cluster and chairs the EcoChem China network (University of Lyon - Auvergne Rhône Alpes region) and the biennial France-China Green Chemistry meetings FC2GChem.

Marilena RADOIU

Managing Director of Microwave Innovation


Dr Marilena Radoiu (Chartered Chemist, Member of the Royal Society for Chemistry) received her M.Sc. in Organic Technological Chemistry from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest in 1993 and her Ph.D. in Radiochemistry and Nuclear Chemistry from the same University in 1998. She has extensive work experience in different international academic and industrial environments. She has worked for 20 years in Romania, Canada, UK and France in the development of microwave-assisted technologies with applications to chemical synthesis, biomass extraction, plasma etc. In January 2018 she joined Radient Technologies where she focuses on the development of new extraction solutions and the manufacturing of high-value natural ingredients and products from biomass. Dr. Radoiu is also a member of several professional associations, including the Association for Microwave Power, Education and Research in Europe (AMPERE).

Miarintsoa Michaële RANARIJAONA



The International Associated Laboratory University of Antananarivo (Madagascar) and University Lyon 1 was created in 2011 and was operational in 2013 thanks to the IUF funding and the help of University of Lyon1 and of the CNRS. The LIA was directed by V.V. Ramanandraibe (Antananarivo) and M. Lemaire (Lyon1) until 2019 February and is now directed by V.V. Ramanandraibe et E. Métay. The aim of this joint laboratory is to develop in Antananarivo common researches socially and economically useful for the two countries: 1 postdoctoral fellow, 4 phD students and 2 master are currently working in this laboratory in Ampasapito Campus. Researches are focused on two areas: 1°the application of the green chemistry concepts in tropical zone and 2°the use of chemical ecology as alternative for insecticides. Concerning the application of the green chemistry concepts in tropical zone, Madagascar has an important biodiversity and a developing agro-industry. Agro-industry produce large amount of waste that we value in the fields of specialty chemistry. Valorization of cassava starch, valorization of Cashew Nuts Shell Liquid (support by AUF between 2016 and 2018). More recently, we were interested into “Taretra Vavy” a plant use to produce natural fibers in many Malagasy villages. The global demand for natural fibers is increasing sharply due to pollution by plastics with little or no biodegradability but the production of these fibers induce large amount of wastes (90% of the plant). We are working in valorization of saponins as natural surfactant. These researches are supported by a Malagasy company (DIPCO) and the AUF. Researches are performed in cooperation with the Lille University (J.M. Aubry: physical-chemistry studies) and mass spectroscopy service of ICBMS (A. Barbier-Berlioz: metabolomics study).




The International Associated Laboratory University of Antananarivo (Madagascar) and University Lyon 1 was created in 2011 and was operational in 2013 thanks to the IUF funding and the help of University of Lyon1 and of the CNRS. The LIA was directed by V.V. Ramanandraibe (Antananarivo) and M. Lemaire (Lyon1) until 2019 February and is now directed by V.V. Ramanandraibe et E. Métay. The aim of this joint laboratory is to develop in Antananarivo common researches socially and economically useful for the two countries: 1 postdoctoral fellow, 4 phD students and 2 master are currently working in this laboratory in Ampasapito Campus. Researches are focused on two areas: 1°the application of the green chemistry concepts in tropical zone and 2°the use of chemical ecology as alternative for insecticides. Concerning the application of the green chemistry concepts in tropical zone, Madagascar has an important biodiversity and a developing agro-industry. Agro-industry produce large amount of waste that we value in the fields of specialty chemistry. Valorization of cassava starch, valorization of Cashew Nuts Shell Liquid (support by AUF between 2016 and 2018). More recently, we were interested into “Taretra Vavy” a plant use to produce natural fibers in many Malagasy villages. The global demand for natural fibers is increasing sharply due to pollution by plastics with little or no biodegradability but the production of these fibers induce large amount of wastes (90% of the plant). We are working in valorization of saponins as natural surfactant. These researches are supported by a Malagasy company (DIPCO) and the AUF. Researches are performed in cooperation with the Lille University (J.M. Aubry: physical-chemistry studies) and mass spectroscopy service of ICBMS (A. Barbier-Berlioz: metabolomics study).


deputy-manager of the Sustainable Chemistry team

IRCELYON ( Institut de Recherches sur la Catalyse et l’Environnement de Lyon)

Franck Rataboul obtained his PhD in Chemistry at the University Claude-Bernard in Lyon (France) in 2002. After post-doctoral positions at IFOK Rostock (Germany) and Imperial College London (UK) he joined the CNRS at the Institut de Recherches sur la Catalyse et l’Environnement de Lyon (IRCELYON). IRCELYON (100 permanent staff) is one of the most important laboratory in Europe dedicated to catalysis. Since 2015 Franck is deputy-manager of the Sustainable Chemistry team. His research interests include the valorization of lignocellulose, particularly in the presence of heterogeneous catalysts.

Dietrich REIN

Global Scientific Marketing Human Nutrition


Dietrich earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis in Nutrition Biochemistry. He continued his research on bioactive plant polyphenols in chocolate discovering clinically relevant reduction in blood clotting. Dietrich led basic nutrition research on cardiovascular health at Nestlé, Switzerland, and applied food ingredient research at BASF Plant Science, Germany. At Metanomics Health he developed metabolite profiling-based biomarkers for early diagnosis of metabolic and cardiovascular diseases. Dietrich has been instrumental in innovation projects at BASF Health and Nutrition and is enthusiastic to share his vision about nutrition products supporting an active lifestyles and healthy aging.


Account Manager


After obtaining her Bilingual Master's Degree in International Relations in 2016, Lara Rodríguez arrived to Beta's team in the beginning of 2017 and she has developed the role of Account Manager for Spain and support with France since then. She acts as an intermediary for Beta's technical team and laboratory working closely with clients to guarantee a satisfactory relationship, taking care of technical and regulatory issues and providing consultancy and advising when necessary. She also participates in multiple events and represents Beta in informative meetings and conferences.

Stephan ROEST

Director strategic partnerships and business development


Stephan Roest is the Director Strategic Partnerships and Business Development for Corbion’s Innovation Platforms group. In this role he is responsible for developing the business and finding partnerships for Corbion’s Innovation Platforms portfolio, of which FDCA for PEF bioplastic is one of them. Stephan started his career working for 8 years in consultancy, of which he worked 7 years at PwC as sustainability consultant. With a passion to accelerate the circular- and biobased economy, he stepped over to the fully biobased and truly sustainable chemical company: Corbion in 2015. Corbion is involved in the manufacturing of biobased food ingredients, biobased chemicals and biobased plastics, and for that matter fully biobased and circular. Stephan Roest has a Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering at Utrecht University, a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis and Management at Delft University and an Executive MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management.




Since 2013, Pascal RONFARD has positioned Groupe SOLACTIS as a leader of food and feed ingredients, active on the microbiota. This positioning has been rewarded by highly sought regulatory recognitions: 2 European (EFSA) and 1 South Korean (MFDS) official health claims. In 2015, Groupe SOLACTIS has located its R&D center in the renowned Science Campus INRA, near Paris. Mr. Ronfard is President of the Professional Group “HEC- Agro”, member of the board of Club PAI and of Vitagora Scientific Committee. Mr. Ronfard is a graduate of the HEC Business School and holds a Master degree in Corporate Law, from Paris II University.


Technical Marketing Manager


Pascale Rossi-Lardenois has a Master in Physical-Chemistry of Formulation. She has worked in personal care for over 18 years both in France and in the USA, in R&D, sales and project management. She joined Croda in 2012 and is currently the Marketing Manager for Croda France.

Jean-François ROUS

Executive VP Innovation


Jean-François Rous joined Adisseo in March 2018. A chemist by trade, Jean-François started his career in “B-to-C” at group Unilever. He then joined the Rhodia group where he led R & D specific to the formulation businesses (including cosmetics, detergents, agribusiness, lubricants, etc). After a stint at the Industrial Innovation Agency (AII), he joined Sofiprotéol (now Groupe AVRIL) where he held the role of VP Innovation for 7 years. Most recently, he held the same position with an SME in the biocontrol product sector, supporting healthy and sustainable agriculture.

Christophe RUPP-DAHLEM

Head of Global Public Affairs


In 1990 Christophe Rupp-Dahlem joined Roquette at its global headquarter in Lestrem, Northern France. At Roquette he has held a number of positions within the industrial segment. As Programs Vice-President, he managed the innovative programs related to the plant-based chemistry like the umbrella program for bio based products and materials BioHub®. In 2008, Christophe Rupp-Dahlem was appointed by the European Commission DG Enterprise as an expert in the ad-hoc advisory group created for the implementation of the Lead Market Initiative for Bio-Based Products. Between May 2008 and June 2016, Christophe Rupp-Dahlem was President of the Plant Based Chemistry Association (ACDV). The ACDV regroups 50 industrial actors along the value chain of the Plant Based Chemistry in France. He is now Honorary President of the ACDV. His current role is to lead the Global Public Affairs activities for Roquette worldwide. Christophe Rupp-Dahlem is Vice-President of the competitiveness cluster IAR, of Protéines France and of Starch Europe.

Audrey SAHUT

Polymer research engineer


• 2017-now : Polymer chemistry researcher at Roquette Frères (Lestrem, FRANCE) in charge of the thermosets laboratory. I work on the development of sustainable and competitive bio-based thermoset resins. • 2015 (6 months) : Physico-chemical engineer trainee at Safran Composites (Iteville, FRANCE) Subject : Physico-chemical characterization of thermosets resins to establish links between the formulation/structure and the properties. • 2014 (3 months): Laboratory trainee at the University of Melbourne (AUSTRALIA). Subject : Synthesis of polymer nanoparticles for drug delivery • Graduated in “High performance materials” in 2015 from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand. (FRANCE)


CEO & Founder


After an early career in environmental journalism, Kathryn set up Sustainability Consult in 2008. She built the company’s global biomaterials practice, representing leading companies in the bio space and advocating for the responsible development of biomaterials worldwide. She took biomaterials to the Sustainable Brands conferences and her 2016 TEDx talk on Bioplastics Fantastic has been viewed over 12,000 times. In 2018, after a sabbatical year, Kathryn was listed by Conscious Company Magazine as a Top Conscious Business Leader for her Personal Journey, one of 21 leaders recognised globally. And in 2019, she developed and launched a Credibility Audit to help measure the credibility of a company’s brand and claims. Kathryn is an Ambassador for 1% for the Planet and Co-Founder of buitendenker, taking companies and entrepreneurs into nature to help align their intentions with their actions.

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PhD student Cosmic-etn ESR2


Ana Luisa Maria took her bachelor’s degree in Applied Chemistry and the master’s degree in Bioorganic at the New University of Lisbon, Faculty of Sciences and Technology (Portugal). Her diploma thesis focused on the synthesis of chiral ionic liquids to use as a stationary phase in chiral gas chromatography. In 2014, she worked as a quality control technician in a quality food control company named Labiagro. From 2015-2016 she was responsible for the extraction department. In 2017 joined the European Training Network, COSMIC – Continuous Sonication, and Microwave reactors as an Early Stage Researcher student with the project Microwaves and Ultrasound assisted C=C bond activation. Ana is an Industrial Ph.D. student from the University of Unito (Università Degli Studi di Torino), Italy, under the supervision of Professor Giancarlo Cravotto. She is pursuing her research in CRRA (Centre de Recherche de Rhône Alpes) a research and development center of ARKEMA (France) under the supervision of the scientific director Dr. Jean-Luc Dubois and the senior scientist Dr. Jean-Luc Couturier. Under the COSMIC project, she had the possibility to do an internship in Weber Ultrasonics (Ittersbach, Germany) and in UCORD (Universidad De Cordoba). Her research is based on the application of ultrasounds in the oxidative cleavage of unsaturated fatty compounds process, using hydrogen peroxide as a green oxidant, to obtain high-value monomers for the polymer industry.

Olivier SPALLA

Head of the scientific department "Physical Sciences, Engineering, Chemistry, Energy"


Since 2016, Dr Olivier SPALLA is the Head of the scientific department “Physical Sciences, Engineering, Chemistry, Energy” of the French National Research Agency. He is on leave from the French Nuclear and Alternative Energy Commission where he is Senior expert in physical chemistry and materials. His fields of expertise regard physics and chemistry of the nanomaterials and their potential impact on the environment. He is member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility.

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President & CEO


David Sudolsky is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Anellotech, which is developing the Bio-TCat™ process to produce cost-competitive renewable aromatic chemicals (benzene, toluene and xylenes, "BTX") from non-food biomass for use in making plastics such as polyester, nylon, polycarbonate, polystyrene, or for renewable transportation fuels. Anellotech is currently evaluating loblolly pine and eventually other sustainable bio-feedstocks at its seven-story tall TCat-8® pilot plant. Anellotech complements its world-class R&D team with in-depth, long-term alliances with leaders to leverage decades of successful experience in developing and commercializing process technology. IFPEN is Anellotech's process development and scale-up partner, Johnson Matthey is the company's catalyst development partner, and Axens is Anellotech's partner for commercialization, global licensing and technical support. Industry-leading strategic partners in the BTX supply chain, including Suntory and Toyota Tsusho, as well as other confidential strategic investors, have provided funding to Anellotech. Prior to founding Anellotech, Sudolsky was a business officer or CEO of five biotechnology, specialty pharmaceutical and bioprocessing start-ups, one of which (Dura Pharmaceuticals) was sold for $1.8 billion. Sudolsky has hands-on chemical engineering experience in process design and refinery plant startups with Union Carbide, and work at Booz, Allen & Hamilton. He is a firm believer in environmental education and co-led a successful five-year effort ending in 2011 to build a multi-faceted Eco Center on the roof of a public school in the middle of New York City. David attended Columbia University where he earned an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University's Business School and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.


CEO & Founder


Ghislaine Tissot-Lécuelle is the CEO and founder of Alganelle, an innovative French start-up in microalgae biotechnology. Ghislaine has over 20 years of expertise in synthetic biology and metabolic engineering of microalgae, plants and bacteria. After her PhD in cellular and molecular biology, Ghislaine worked for 9 years in Bayer Cropscience as project leader. During this period, she developed innovative chloroplast transformation methods for the production of therapeutic proteins and agronomic traits in plants. In 2013, Ghislaine founded Alganelle, an innovative start-up specialized in the production of high added-value and natural molecules from bioengineered microalgae, used as photosynthetic cell factories. Since January 2016, Alganelle has a partnership with Seqens, a worldwide leader in pharmaceutical synthesis and specialty ingredients. The active ingredients produced by Alganelle are recombinant proteins, metabolites and green building blocks for cosmetic, biomedical, and pharmaceutical industries. Alganelle’s microalgae platform offers exceptional advantages, as for example minimal nutritional requirements for their photosynthetic growth, absence of bacterial or animal toxins, industrial large scale production, ability to synthetize both small and complex recombinant proteins (without insoluble protein aggregates), and to form disulfide bonds endogenously essential for the stability and activity of some proteins. In parallel to its proprietary products, cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies can use Alganelle‘s high-potential and alternative microalgae platform to customize the bioproduction of their own molecules in the framework of feasibility and/or co-development studies.


Global Strategic Marketing Manager


Florence Trombini has a diploma of Polymer engineer (ECPM Strasbourg) and has done a Specialized Master in Project Management (HEC Paris). She joined BASF in 2011, and since 2017 she’s leading the Strategic Marketing team of Beauty Care Solutions. Her main activity is to define and implement global strategy for bioactives and support the development of innovative ingredients.


Lead Scientist


Aniek van der Woude holds a PhD in Molecular Microbiology from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She joined Photanol in 2012. Photanol's technology and patents are based on the genetic modification of cyanobacteria to produce a broad range of biochemicals. These photosynthetic bacteria draw energy from (abundant and free) sunlight and carbon from (abundant and problematic) CO2, which can be redirected to product formation. Aniek is Lead Scientist at Photanol, responsible for managing the strain engineering team, planning core research strategy for microbial strain engineering and patenting key inventions.


Senior Scientist Sustainable Chemistry

Wageningen University & Research

Dr. Daan van Es is senior scientist and expertise leader Sustainable Chemistry at Wageningen Food & Biobased Research (WFBR). Over the past 20 years he has been WFBR project manager for a wide range of projects in the field of (heterogeneous) catalytic conversion of carbohydrates, vegetable oils and lignin into functional polymer building blocks, such as isohexides, furanics and aromatics, as well as projects directed at developing new polymeric materials based on these building blocks. Furthermore, he is involved in a various projects directed at developing biobased performance chemicals, such as safe biobased solvents and biodegradable biobased surfactants. He is (co)-author of over 50 peer reviewed publications and 18 patent applications. He is (amongst others) currently WFBR project manager of the BBI projects PULP2VALUE (sugar beet pulp valorisation) and ReSolve (development of safe biobased solvents).


In 2012 I was awarded PhD at IFPEN, in collaboration with IC2MP (Institute of Chemistry of Poitiers: Materials and Natural Resources) for my work on Transformation of sorbitol in aqueous phase over bifunctional heterogeneous catalytic systems. During the period 2012-2013 I was a postdoctoral researcher in Portugal, within the Bioenergy Unit of LNEG, Lisbon and within the CQM (Chemistry Center of Madeira Island). In 2014, I was a postdoctoral researcher within the Biovert group at IRCELYON (Lyon, France). During the period 2014-2016, I was employed at Firmenich SA (Geneva, Switzerland) as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist for the introduction of heterogeneous catalysis in organic synthesis for the production of fragrances and perfumes. In 2016 I returned to Lyon, this time as permanent junior researcher CNRS. In the LGPC, my research endeavors cover the area of biomass valorization in innovative catalytic reactors.


Business Development Manager


I'm currently employed as Business Development Manager at VITO (Flemish Institute for Technological Research), Mol, Belgium. My main activities are related to bringing our technological developments towards the industry. This implies the valorisation of our expertise and know-how in contract research and collaborative projects and the transfer of our developments to the industry. The majority of my work is focused on intensifying industrial processes and working towards a circular economy by intergrating separation technology in different kinds of conversion processes. This also in combination with the replacement of fossil fuel by biomass feedstock or the use of CO2 as feedstock. My responsibilities includes commercial and technological strategic direction setting/planning/managment, development of valorisation strategies, industrial consulting, development of intellectual property strategies, market due diligence for the identification of potential partners, collaborators and customers and the subsequent contract negotiations.


R&D Project Manager


Fanny Volat holds a PhD in Genetics and Physiology from the University of Clermont-Ferrand (2011). She then specialized in cellular and molecular biology through several years of post-doctoral experiences in academic (INSERM) and pharmaceutical research (SANOFI), mainly in metabolism and adipose tissue fields (2012-2018). She joined GREENTECH this year as R&D Manager to handle and develop biological objectivations of cosmetic ingredients.