Focus on industrial biotech
In previous years, pharmaceutical biotech has been the centre of attention, but this year the focus was on industrial biotech, mainly due to the breakthroughs in the production of bioethanol and President Bush's Advanced Energy Initiative.
Former President Bill Clinton spoke at the conference, hailing the use of biotechnology as a way to solve many of the world's energy and food problems. Novozymes' CEO Steen Riisgaard also spoke at a Media Brunch on "The Third Wave in Biotech: New Routes to Profitability and Sustainability".
Race cars running on bioethanol
The Novozymes stand had more than two thousand visitors, including Florida's governor Jeb Bush and BIO president Jim Greenwood.
One of the highlight of the exhibition was the race car at the Novozymes stand (no. 91 in the picture above). Novozymes is a sponsor of the Team Ethanol Indycar Series Partnership, so the two drivers Dan Schwartzkopf and Buddy Rice hosted a meet and greet event there.
The IndyCar Racing League is soon taking a huge step towards a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly approach: By 2007 the transition will be completed from gasoline to 100 percent ethanol in the IndyCars. This is also one of the reasons Novozymes has chosen to sponsor an IndyCar team.