Confirmed speakers (in alphabetical order):

Rafael Cayuela, Dow (Switzerland)


Rafael Cayuela, is the Corporate Chief Economist at The Dow Chemical Company. In this position he is member of the Dow global corporate strategy team, as well as member of the International Governments Affairs Team – IGA.

Cayuela started his career for Dow Chemical in Madrid, Spain, while moving early in his career into Dow global headquarters in Midland, Michigan. Currently is based at Dow European headquarters in Horgen, Switzerland since 2007.
He holds a Masters degree in European Economics from the College of Europe, Brugge, Belgium and an Executive MBA from the University of Chicago USA. Cayuela is also the author of the book “The Future of the Chemical Industry by 2050”, published by Wiley in May 2013 and he is active international speaker about the Chemical Industry, Bioeconomy, Sustainability, and Climate Change as a major business opportunity and the long term outlook of the Industry.

Peter Flippo, BioProcess Facility (Netherlands)


Peter has a 25+ year career in the chemical and materials industry with companies including Arizona, Chemical, Bekaert, DSM and two start-up companies, before joining the Bioprocess Pilot Facility. He has a chemical technology Master of Science degree of University of Twente and a Master Degree on Business Marketing of TIAS Business School. Peter is a senior business development professional with track record of strategic growth plans in chemical and materials industry. Special interest and experience in sustainability, bio-derived feedstocks and dedicated to contribute to successful growth of the biobased economy.

Topic of presentation: Unlocking the potential of biomass: taking your product development from labscale to commercial scale

Andreas Kleinschmit von Lengefeld, French Institute FCBA (France)


Dr. Andreas Kleinschmit von Lengefeld has been the Director for Innovation and Research at the French Institute FCBA since April 2011. Today around 320 people work at FCBA, an institute for applied research that covers a large part of all value chains within the French forest-based sector, starting with forestry and genetic improvement of trees, harvesting and supply technologies, development of new lingo-cellulosic materials, using and reinforcing wood in construction and interior applications as well as for living with wood and all materials used in the furniture sectors.

From March 2005 until March 2011 he was involved in the setting-up and operating of the European Forest-Based Sector Technology Platform – FTP, at which he held the position of Director. During that period he was also the RTDI Manager at CEI-Bois (Confederation of European Woodworking industries). He studied forestry sciences at Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich and holds a PhD from Technical University of Munich. Dr. Kleinschmit von Lengefeld is member of various expert and advisory groups: Representative of EOS-OES for innovation and research related issues, was acting Chairman of CEI-Bois “Innovation, Research and Development WG”, Member of the Stakeholder Advisory Board for the ERA-NET Foresterra; Member of the WoodWisdom-NET+ Management Team, Coordinator of the European Hardwoods Innovation Alliance (EHIA), member of the ECOFOR Scientific Council; member of the ESB Scientific Council. He coordinated the EIP AGRI focus group (FG20) on “sustainable mobilization of forest biomass”.

Topic of presentation: The role of the forest-based sector within the circular bioeconomy

Daniel MacEachran, Braskem (Brazil)

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Dan currently serves as the Head of Open Innovation for Braskem’s Renewable Chemicals and Materials group. In this role, he and his team are responsible for accelerating the flow of new technologies into and through Braskem’s Renewables R&D pipeline via the identification and participation in mutually beneficial collaborations. Prior to joining Braskem, Dan served as the Director of Research and Development at Greenlight Biosciences where he led efforts to identify new applications for Greenlight’s RNA production process as well as their cell free production platform more broadly. Dan also worked as a senior metabolic engineer at Logos Technologies, developing new renewable fuels and chemicals technologies. Dan earned his PhD from Dartmouth Medical School in the field of Microbiology and Immunology and received further training as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology working with Tony Sinskey.

Topic of presentation: Commercializing biosourced commodity chemicals: lessons learned and what’s next

Alex Michine, MetGen (Finland)

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Alex Michine, M.Sc, MBA

Alex worked 25+ years in various position in Life Science industry

Founded and successfully run 3 Biotech SME.

From 2008:  Founder and CEO of MetGen (www.metgen.com)

MetGen Oy is a pioneering industrial biotechnology company with a demonstrated capability to design, develop and produce highly-effective tailor-made but cost-effective enzyme solutions.

The company has a particular emphasis on applying enzymes to the transformation of lignocellulosic biomass into platform chemicals, sugars and valorized lignin.

Topic of presentation: Role of lignin valorization in modern biorefineries

Michael Nettersheim (European Circular Bioeconomy Fund)

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Michael Nettersheim is a founding partner of the European Circular Bioeconomy Fund. For more than eight years Michael was responsible for bioeconomy related investments at BASF Venture Capital. Previously, he was a member of the investment management team at High-Tech Gruenderfonds in Bonn, Germany. Prior to this he was responsible for corporate finance and investor relations at a publicly listed biotech company in Munich.

Michael Nettersheim studied Chemistry at the University of Bonn, where he was awarded a doctorate in Biochemistry. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program. In addition, he has been a Certified Biotech Analyst for the German Association of Financial Analysis and Asset Management (DVFA) since 2001.

Michael Tesch, Clariant (Switzerland)

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Michael is the Country Head  of  the Swiss specialty chemicals company Clariant in Italy. He has a University Degree in Economics. Before joining Clariant he held various senior finance positions in the Chemistry, Pharma and Service industry.