SOURCE: The Memphis Bioworks Foundation

The Memphis Bioworks Foundation

October 14, 2010 09:00 ET

Biomass South Opens in Memphis for Two Day Conference

Conference Features More Than 50 Speakers on the Role of Biomass and the Emerging Bio-Economy

MEMPHIS, TN--(Marketwire - October 14, 2010) -  Biomass South 2010, presented by The Memphis Bioworks® Foundation's AgBioworks™ Regional Initiative and the Southern Growth Policies Board, opened today as the premier event establishing the South's leadership position in the critical transformation of the global economy from a fossil fuel economy to a bio-based renewable resource economy. The conference is being held October 14 and 15 at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn Conference Center.

The basis of the bio-economy is the utilization of renewable biological raw materials called biomass -- agricultural crops and forestry materials which can effectively harness solar energy -- which can then serve as the building blocks to replace petroleum in many products such as biofuels, green chemicals, novel polymers, and many other materials.

Dallas Tonsager, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Rural Development, is delivering the keynote address on day one, with U.S. Representative Steve Cohen to deliver the keynote address on Friday morning October 15.

Tonsager and Cohen are just two highlights in a program which includes participation from companies and organizations including: ArborGen, Buckeye Technologies, Ceres, Chromatin, Duke University, EcoSynthetix, Entira, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Monsanto Company, National Algae Association, National Farmers Union, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, PMC Biogenix, ShowMe Energy, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, University of Memphis, University of Tennessee, Verdant Partners and many more. Biomass South expects some 300 attendees from across the Southeastern Region to hear the very best speakers from the worlds of entrepreneurial biobusiness, agriculture, energy, manufacturing, logistics, finance, academia and government.

"The quality of speakers and panelists, plus the list of attendees registered further exemplifies the role of biomass in our future, and the leadership position that the South will hold in this new economy," said D. Steven Bares, president and executive director of the Memphis Bioworks Foundation. "The Southern Region of the United States is poised for leadership in every area of the bio-economy, and this conference will examine the emerging forces, trends and opportunities across each discipline, from farm to factory and beyond."

The interest in, the research on, the entrepreneurship about and the business of biomass and the bio-economy have never been more important to the economy of the South. For more information on Biomass South, visit

About AgBioworks:
AgBioworks™ is a non-profit regional initiative founded by Memphis Bioworks Foundation and BioDimensions, dedicated to reducing the barriers to introducing new agricultural crops, farmer-owned processing, and new technologies which will result in a strong bioeconomy in the Mississippi Delta. AgBioworks has three regional offices co-located at the Regional Business Innovation Center at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky; Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce in Sikeston, Missouri, and at the Memphis Bioworks Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee. AgBioworks is also partnering with strong organizations in other states across the region. Memphis Bioworks Foundation is a non-profit organization leading the collaboration between public, private, academic and government entities to accelerate the growth of the biosciences in the Memphis region. For more information, visit and

About Southern Growth Policies Board:
Southern Growth Policies Board is a non-partisan public policy think tank based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Formed by the region's governors in 1971, Southern Growth Policies Board develops and advances visionary economic development policies by providing a forum for partnership and dialog among a diverse cross-section of the region's governors, legislators, business and academic leaders and the economic- and community-development sectors. This unique public-private partnership is devoted to strengthening the South's economy and creating the highest possible quality of life. For more information, visit

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