Keilaniemi Summit 18.9.2019: Living Factories – Carbon Neutrality with Synthetic Biology


Living factories – Carbon Neutrality with Synthetic Biology

Synthetic biology enables sustainability and the use of waste streams and CO2 as a carbon building blocks for materials, food, fuels, chemicals and medicines. Keilaniemi Summit 2019 will bring together industry, decision makers, researchers and designers as well as international ecosystems to envision how a fossil free future can be made possible harnessing biology.

Time:           September 18th, 2019 from 9am to 5:15pm
Venue:         Dipoli, Aalto University, Otakaari 24. Auditorium Lumituuli, City of Espoo.

Moderator: Nina Pulkkis, Synbio Powerhouse
Exhibition: Korvaa – The Microbial Headset by Synbio Powerhouse
Synbio and Biotech Ecosystems in New Nordics (10am-5pm)

Register by 28.8. 19:


8:30 Coffee 

9:00 Opening

Mayor Jukka Mäkelä, City of Espoo. Finland

9:10 Plastics without oil 

Korvaa – headphones, Saku Sysiö, Industrial designer, Aivan. Finland

9:20 What is Synbio Powerhouse Ecosystem?

Tuula Palmén, Co-creation manager, VTT, Synbio Powerhouse. Finland

9:30 Keynote: Synthetic Biology – Transformational Technology for Enabling the Bioeconomy

Richard A. Johnson, Director – EBRC, iGEM Foundation, and BioBricks Foundation/Stanford, CEO, Global Helix LLC (United States)

10:10  Synbio opportunities

Merja Penttilä, Research Professor, VTT, Aalto University, Synbio Powerhouse. Finland

10:30  Refreshments and exhibition


11:00   Food without fields or animals

Pasi Vainikka, CEO,  Solar Foods. Finland
Horacio Acerbo, CEO, Kernel. Argentina

11:30   CO2 as feedstock

Michael Köpke, Synthetic biology leader, Lanzatech. USA
Pauli Kallio, University of Turku. Finland
Michael Lienemann, VTT. Finland

Discussion: Harnessing industrial CO2 emissions with microbes
Future visions

12:20  Espoo Innovation Garden

Harri Paananen, Manager, Economic and Business Development, City of Espoo. Finland

12:30 Lunch and exhibition


13:30 Materials with microbes 

Cellulose without trees

Nanollose, Australia (video): fabrics made from microbial cellulose derived from coconut waste)

Cellulose with enzymes (video)

Waste to fungal leather, Géza Szilvay, VTT. Finland

Biosynthetic spider silk, Pezhman Mohammadi VTT, Aalto. Finland

Discussion: Japanese collaboration, Jarkko Jussila, Kuumeri. Finland

Sustainable Luxury Clothing, Mervi Kärkkäinen, FERE. Finland

14:00 Chemicals with microbes 

Ute Galm, Zymergen Inc, Associate Director. USA

The EU prize winner for women innovators:

Irina Borodina, CTO, BioPhero ApS. Denmark

Discussion:   Synbio and water chemicals, Kemira. Finland

Synbio and industrial enzymes, Jari Vehmaanperä, Research Director, Roal. Finland

14:45 Refreshments and exhibition


15:00 International ecosystems

Richard Kitney (tbc), Professor, Imperial College. UK; EBRC Global Forum, Academic co-chair

New Nordics – what’s up in Nordics in synthetic biology & biotech

Rajni Hatti-Kaul, Professor, Lund University. Sweden

Juris Vanags, Professor, Latvian State Institute of Wood Engineering. Latvia

Ole Jörgen Mardal, Special Advisor Life Sciences, Innovation Norway. Norway

Petri Lahtvee, ERA Chair in SynBio, University of Tartu, Estonia

16:15 Storing data in DNA

Karin Strauss, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research. US

16:30 Artificial intelligence, machine learning andvision accelerating Synbio

Simone Bianco, Dr., Researcher, IBM Almaden Research Center. USA

16:50 Boosting circular economy with synthetic biology

Riitta Silvennoinen, Circular Economy Specialist,  The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra. Finland

17:00 – 17:15  Closing remarks

Tuula Antola, Director, Economic and Business Development, City of Espoo. Finland


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