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CCN February 2015 Meeting: Introduction to Industrial Biotechnology and Renewable Chemicals

  • 11 Feb 2015
  • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • The Cynwyd Club, 332 Trevor Lane Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004


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Introduction to Industrial Biotechnology and Renewable Chemicals

Dr. Keith Wing

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Networking, 5:30 PM; Dinner, 6:30 PM; Talk and Business Session, 7:30 PM

Abstract: We live in a petro and natural gas world and this makes sense. However, for a number of reasons, society needs to invest/research sustainable ways to make chemicals such as from agricultural residues/feedstocks, and industrial biotechnology provides the key toolsets for this. Biotechnology already plays a critical, profitable role in the discovery and manufacture of pharmaceuticals and specialty chemicals. This talk will briefly review the concepts, approaches and general state of the art to make compounds such as organic acids, alcohols, polyols, olefins etc. which play important roles as industrial chemicals, monomers, life and food science constituents etc. There is an ongoing drive in the chemical, biotech and genomics arenas to decrease costs, create good businesses and to make intelligent use of feedstocks in a manner that is environmentally sustainable.

Bio: Keith Wing is a currently a consultant in industrial biochemistry and strategic planning, specializing in Ag and renewable chemical markets. He worked for 7 years at Rohm and Haas and 21 years at DuPont in both agrochemical discovery and DuPont Central Research and Development. His PhD. Was from UC Riverside/Davis and post-doc at UC Berkeley. He has worked on teams which have led to 6 commercialized insecticides with novel modes of action, a commercialized food pathogen kit and a biomass degradation enzyme mix currently in bioethanol pilot plants. He is a co-inventor on a number of insecticide and enzyme biotechnology patents and publications, and has led/worked on teams which successfully discovered novel products which maximize user benefit/cost and provide practical business outcomes. He has a strong interest in economic approaches to sustainable chemistry such as from agricultural residues and currently consults in this area.


The Cynwyd Club, 332 Trevor Lane, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.From I-76 drive S on City Line Ave. (US Rte. 1). Turn right on Conshohocken State Rd. (Rte. 23); stay in right lane. After second light watch for white left-turn arrows painted on street (about .14 mi/750 ft). Do not follow Rte. 23 left at turn but instead go straight ahead onto Llandrillo Rd. (passing to right of Valley Press printing). In one block bear left onto Trevor Lane at stop sign. Clubhouse and parking are on the left. Please park in lot if space is available; otherwise park on Trevor Lane. If lost, call the club at 610-667-4524 or 610-667-4524, ext. 312.  

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