Energizing career opportunities for young professionals in the emerging Bio-Based Economy


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There are career opportunities abound for young professionals in the bio-based economy, as bio-based industries will create 100,000s of jobs.

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  • Activities and opportunities in Industrial Biotechnology are rapidly growing as we make important advances in genomics, molecular genetics, metabolic engineering, and catalysis. Promises are becoming reality and living cells can now be used as tiny micro-factories, which can be optimized with respect to productivity, safety and minimal environmental load.
  • Energizing career opportunities for young professionals in the emerging Bio-Based Economy

    1. 2. Energizing career opportunities for young professionals in the emerging Bio-Based Economy <ul><li>Edwin Berends </li></ul><ul><li>Program Manager </li></ul><ul><li>DSM Biobased Products & Services </li></ul>
    2. 3. Who is Edwin Berends? 1981: Born in Groningen 1998: Chemical Engineering and Industrial Engineering & Management, University of Twente 2004: Internship Shell Chemicals (Singapore) 2006: Internship DSM Corporate Technology (The Netherlands & Swiss) 2007: Business analyst, then program manager DSM Biobased Products & Services
    3. 4. DSM in motion: driving focused growth People - Planet - Profit: creating value along three dimensions
    4. 5. Industrial Biotechnology: using living cells & enzymes <ul><li>Cell </li></ul><ul><li>( mini factory ) </li></ul><ul><li>Enzyme </li></ul><ul><li>(c atalyst ) </li></ul><ul><li>Enzyme </li></ul><ul><li>( structure, can </li></ul><ul><li>be changed ) </li></ul>
    5. 6. Bio-refining: extending the refinery model <ul><li>Oil- refinery: </li></ul><ul><li>Crude oil (finite) as input </li></ul><ul><li>Established technology & infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Very efficient use of feedstock </li></ul><ul><li>Bio- refinery (1 st generation): </li></ul><ul><li>Starch / Sugar (renewable) as input </li></ul><ul><li>Technology established </li></ul><ul><li>Efficient use of feedstock </li></ul><ul><li>Bio- refinery (2 nd generation): </li></ul><ul><li>Lignocellulosic biomass (renewable) as input </li></ul><ul><li>Logistics issues not yet solved (feedstock collection, product distribution) </li></ul><ul><li>Technology in development (Industrial Biotechnology & Chemistry) </li></ul><ul><li>By-products not yet specified </li></ul>
    6. 7. Bio-refining: enabling a transition to a bio-based economy
    7. 8. Examples of DSM’s commitment to a sustainable bio-based economy … Memberships: EcoPaXX TM A green high-performance plastic based upon castor oil Biosuccinium TM A renewable and versatile building block (in alliance with Roquette) Products: 7-ADCA A green antibiotic intermediate
    8. 9. … with exciting developments on e.g. 2 nd generation ethanol in the pipeline! Source: Financial Times, 28 June 2010
    9. 10. “ Bio”: most significant renewable supply source for the next decades Source: Jens Riese (McKinsey), DSM Bio-based Economy Media Roundtable, London, 21 May 2010
    10. 11. Career opportunities abound: bio-based industries will create 100,000s of jobs <ul><li>Case study 1 USA: job creation through development of cellulosic biofuels </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2010: 40,000 jobs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2022: 800,000 jobs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Case study 2 EU: job creation through development of next-generation ethanol and biobased chemicals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2010 – 2020: up to 1,000,000 jobs </li></ul></ul>Source: World Economic Forum, report “The Future of Industrial Biorefineries”, presentation at BIO’s World industrial Biotechnology Conference, 30 June 2010 Source: Bloomberg New Energy Finance, 14 September 2010
    11. 12. Key regions leading in the development of a bio-based economy <ul><li>USA / Canada </li></ul><ul><li>Leading in demonstration & commercialization </li></ul><ul><li>Strong demand based upon government mandates </li></ul><ul><li>Brazil </li></ul><ul><li>Well developed 1G bioethanol industry infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent feedstock position </li></ul><ul><li>Europe </li></ul><ul><li>Strong in R&D </li></ul><ul><li>Fragmented approach, no shared vision & ambition across EU </li></ul><ul><li>Lagging behind in demonstration & commercialization </li></ul><ul><li>China </li></ul><ul><li>High ambitions expressed in government plans </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Wild card’: will move rapidly as soon as conditions are right </li></ul>
    12. 13. What it will take from you to be successful in the bio-based economy <ul><li>Dare to pioneer Many routes to success (and failure!) are yet unexplored </li></ul><ul><li>Dare to deal with uncertainty This is still a high technology risk and high market risk area </li></ul><ul><li>Take a global view Be there were the action is </li></ul><ul><li>Team up The key to success is in </li></ul><ul><ul><li>multidisciplinary collaboration, and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>open innovation </li></ul></ul>
    13. 14. Thank you!
    14. 15. For more information <ul><li>DSM Innovation Center website www.dsminnovation.com </li></ul><ul><li>Background stories on the presented technologies www.dsm.com/en_US/html/media/media_background_information.htm </li></ul><ul><li>My contact details: T +31 15 279 21 49 E edwin.berends[at]dsm.com </li></ul>