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February 12, 2015

Kathleen M. Roberts and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Featured at Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference 2015

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

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The Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference 2015 (ABLC 2015), to be held March 11-13, 2015, at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., is the gathering point for top leaders in the Advanced Bioeconomy — bringing together the entire spectrum of advanced fuels, chemicals, and materials CEOs and senior executives, business development, R&D leaders, strategic partners, financiers, equity analysts, policymakers, and industry suppliers.

Kathleen M. Roberts, Executive Director of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), will share her insights regarding the current regulatory landscape for biobased products during the opening panel of the conference, “ABLC Policy Outlook,” alongside directors of the Advanced Biofuels Association, Biotechnology Industry Organization, Algal Biomass Organization, the Advanced Ethanol Council, the National Biodiesel Board, and the American Council on Renewable Energy.

Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Policy Advisor for Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) will speak during the “Government Agency Outlook and Updates” session. Dr. Engler recently joined B&C after 17 years as senior staff scientist and leader of the Green Chemistry Program in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT). Dr. Engler’s co-panelists include speakers from the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and U.S. Energy Information Administration.

BRAG works to resolve the complicated regulatory issues under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) that must be addressed efficiently to avoid delays in the commercialization of biobased chemical products and their derivatives. As recognized leaders in sustainable chemistry, BRAG members lead efforts to drive better, more robust policies for new technologies to ensure fair, balanced, and equitable treatment for biobased chemical feedstocks and products. The BRAG website offers a wealth of resources to the biobased sector, as does the BRAG Biobased Products Blog.

B&C is a Washington, D.C. law firm focusing on conventional, biobased, and nanoscale industrial, agricultural, and specialty chemical product regulation, approval, and associated business matters. The professionals of B&C and affiliated consulting firm The Acta Group (Acta®) are at the forefront in solving challenging legal and regulatory matters unique to emerging biobased chemical technologies. Recent publications from B&C authors include: Lynn L. Bergeson, Charles M. Auer, Oscar Hernandez, “Creative Adaptation: Enhancing Oversight of Synthetic Biology Under the Toxic Substances Control Act,” Industrial Biotechnology, October 2014; Lynn L. Bergeson, Kathleen M. Roberts, “Promoting Renewable Chemicals,” The Environmental Forum, January/February, 2014; Lynn L. Bergeson, “The Regulation of Renewable Chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA),” Environmental Quality Management, Fall 2013; and Lynn L. Bergeson, Charles M. Auer, and R. David Peveler, “TSCA and the Regulation of Renewable Chemicals,” Industrial Biotechnology, October 2012. More information regarding B&C’s Biobased Chemicals and Biofuels services are available online.