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North American Biopolymer Summit 2019

Date: 6th November 2019 - 7th November 2019 Location: Chicago - Illinois - USA

ACI’s North American Biopolymer Summit will bring together senior executives and experts from biopolymers manufacturers, food packaging, biotechnology, chemical companies, major associations, raw materials, technology companies, consultants, to discuss the latest changes, challenges and developments within the industry.

Some of the essential topics this year, include biopolymers in food packaging, biodegradability, waste management: recycling & composting, biological potential of biopolymers and analyzing & overcoming cost challenges.

Join us in Chicago for two days of exchanging perspectives, learning and excellent networking opportunities with your peers.

You will benefit from the numerous interactive sessions, including case studies, and insightful panel discussions to get the best out of the event.


6th November 2019
7th November 2019
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Cheryl Williams – Marketing & Delegate Sales
+44 (0) 203 141 0605
Kristina Gyulavari – Commercial Partnership
+1 929 331 6835


The Talbott Hotel
20 E. Delaware Place
Chicago, IL 60611 United States

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+1 312 944 4970
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  • Paul Darby, Vice President Marketing, Novamont
  • Pak Meng Cham, Principal Engineer, PepsiCo
  • Bob Lilienfeld, Vice President Marketing, BioLogiQ
  • Miriam Rafailovich, Distinguished Professor | Department of Materials Science, Stony Brook University
  • Kylee Guenther, CEO, Pivot Materials
  • Raju Patil, Head of Engineering, Pivot Materials
  • Christiane Waldron, Director of Business Development, Kaneka
  • Mark Remmert, Chief Executive Officer, Green Dot Bioplastics
  • Terence Cooper, Chief Executive Officer, ARGO Group International
  • Ramani Narayan, Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University
  • Teresa Clark, VP Product Development & Sustainability, Enso Plastics
  • Patrick Krieger, Director Regulatory & Technical Affairs, Plastics Industry Association
  • Ananda Amarasekara, Professor, Department Of Chemistry, Prairie View A&M University
  • Xudong Wang, Professor In Materials Science And Engineering, University Of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Alex Battu, Sales Manager Polymer Technology, Sulzer Chemtech AG
  • Elizabeth Eaves, Technical Application Manager, Avantium Renewable Polymers
  • Yael Vodovotz, Director, Center For Advanced Functional Food Research And Entrepreneurship, The Ohio State University
  • Kay Cooksey, Professor Packaging Science Program, Clemson University
  • Promoting the Potential Advantages of Biopolymers in the Plastic Industry
  • Biodegradability- What is it and Why is it Important?
  • Renewable Monomer Based Next Generation Biodegradable Polymer Architectures
  • Waste Management: Recycling & Composting
  • Advancements in Biopolymers Development & Applications
  • Biopolymers in Food Packaging
  • Sustainable Bio-Materials for New Product Development


Biopolymer manufacturers
Chemical Engineering & Polymer Technology Bioplastics
Brand owners: Retailers, Food Packaging Companies
Companies in the medical, packaging, textile, agriculture sectors
Polymer R&D departments and institutions
Biomaterials associations



Novamont is a world leading company in the sector of Bio-plastics and Biochemicals through the integration of chemistry, the environment and agriculture.  Mater-Bi® our core product brand name is a range of biodegradable and compostable resins which were developed to provide solutions to specific applications and environmental problems.  The main fields of application are separate organic waste collection, retail & produce bags, disposable tableware, packaging and farming.  All Novamont’s Mater-Bi® resins are compostable according to ASTM D-6400 standards. Novamont, headquartered in Novara (Italy), has a portfolio of 1,000 patents and Novamont North America is based in Shelton, CT.




Healing the planet through bio-based technologies.

Biorgani was founded in 2017 by bioresin technology experts and visionary investors who came together to formulate, test and bring to market quality, eco-friendly, internationally certified, and competitively priced biopolymers to help companies migrate from conventional plastics dependency to sustainable, plant-based resins.

Our bioresins range from bio-based to compostable grade that meet international standards and certifications, including ASTM, TUV and Eurofins. They are compatible with conventional plastics machinery for film extrusion, injection and thermoformed applications.

We provide sustainable packaging solutions for agriculture, food service and consumer products, as well as finished goods, such as tableware, cutlery, bags, films and others.

  • Film: Our bioresins can be processed by conventional plastic film machinery with minor temperature setting considerations.
  • Thermoformed: Our bioresins for compostable thermoformed products are easy-to-process with the same extrusion and molding process.
  • Injection: Our bioresins are proven to match the performance of conventional polymers.


Founded in 1834 in Switzerland, Sulzer is an international company present in more than 150 countries and specialized in pumps and maintenance for rotating equipment in the oil and gas, petrochemicals, energy, water industries as well as separation, reaction and mixing technologies applied in polymer industries. Sulzer provides not only key process equipment, but also complete systems which include pilot testing, process scale up, engineering, process know-how and application expertise. Since the 90s Sulzer polymer reaction and static devolatilization technologies are implemented in large scale polystyrene production processes. Over a decade ago, supporting the development of biopolymers in durable applications, Sulzer has developed a high-performance purification technology for lactide based on crystallization, which paved the way to further development in polymerization and processing of polylactic acid polymers, making them suitable for both durable applications and biodegradable products. Between 2007 and today, Sulzer PLA technology went from bench to industrial scale.


Avantium is a leading technology development company and a forerunner in renewable chemistry. Avantium develops novel technologies based on renewable carbon sources as an alternative to fossil-based chemicals and plastics. The company currently has three technologies at pilot and demonstration phase. The most advanced technology is the YXY® plant-to-plastics–technology that catalytically converts plant-based sugars into a wide range of chemicals and plastics, such as PEF (polyethylene furanoate). Avantium has successfully demonstrated the YXY Technology at its pilot plant in Geleen, the Netherlands. The second technology is the Dawn Technology™ that converts non-food biomass into industrial sugars and lignin in order to transition the chemicals and materials industries to non-fossil resources. In 2018, Avantium opened the DAWN pilot biorefinery in Delfzijl, the Netherlands. The third technology is called Mekong and catalytically converts industrial sugars to plant-based MEG (mono-ethylene glycol). Avantium is currently building a new demonstration plant for Mekong with an opening planned in Delfzijl in November 2019. Next to developing and commercializing renewable chemistry technologies, the company also provides advanced catalysis R&D services and systems to customers in the refinery and chemical industries. Avantium works in partnership with like-minded companies around the globe to create revolutionary renewable chemistry solutions from invention to commercial scale.


ACI has put together a range of packages to suit your requirements. These range from branding options, to full scale partner solutions and can be tailored to meet your objectives and budgets.

If you are launching a new product or service and wish to gain visibility and brand recognition within your industry, contact us today!

For commercial opportunities, please contact:

Kristina Gyulavari

Tel: +1-929-331-6835

Email: [email protected]



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