Biotech innovations and sustainability: the green transformation of the chemical industry
Elke presents opportunities and challenges of precision fermentation in producing food and feed ingredients, alternative proteins, enzymes, biologicals, and chemical compounds. Not only does the keynote cover regulatory requirements and political drivers, Elke also speaks about the necessary need of shifting mindsets to make it happen. You will understand the huge potential and impact of precision fermentation and biotechnology on our lives and on climate-change mitigation - now and in the future.
You will be inspired to embrace biotechnology and its benefits, and to make a difference: creating new business, proving sustainable solutions, and shaping the future by technology. Elke is successfully pushing for innovation-friendly regulatory frameworks for putting biotech products onto the market globally. She will also help you to make the right choices regarding due diligence, R&D, upscaling, and marketing for developing and placing highly regulated biotech products timely and successfully on the market. And to have the support of a highly experienced and motivated network of exceptionally talented experts.
Dr. Elke Duwenig is an inspiring senior expert, skilled in biotechnology and innovation on agricultural and life science challenges, with a passion for sustainable solutions. She is currently active in Regulatory and Government Affairs for Human Nutrition, Animal Nutrition, Enzymes, Flavour, and Pharma products at Nutrition & Health, BASF SE. She was also an expert lead in the Corporate Renewable Raw Material Roadmap at BASF. Elke gives expert guidance for strategies and roadmaps as well as for R&D projects and sales products. She is strongly engaged in legislation and authority work to safeguard biotech products and opening markets together with EuropaBio, EU SFI, FEFANA, AMFEP, and other trade associations and think tanks like BIC, ILSI, and AFSI, both in the EU and globally.
Elke studied biology and chemistry at the University of Münster, Germany, and Stanford University, USA. She graduated and completed her doctorate in molecular plant physiology at the Institute for Gene-Biological Research (Institut für genbiologische Forschung) IGF, Berlin, and did two postdocs at the Max-Planck Institute in Golm and the University of Freiburg, Germany, before joining BASF.
I met Elke Duwenig at microbial biotechnology speaking engagement in China years ago, and I was so impressed by her command of the room – dominated by long-time subject matter experts. She not only mastered the technical subject, communicated across languages (verbally and non-verbally), and traversed cultural boundaries but she was also able to make a cogent, layered argument that felt more like a slow bite at the apple than being beat over the head with one perspective. I, personally and professionally, admire the culture of inspiration and transformation that she leads from; it is contagious.
Elke Duwenig has inspired me for the past 15 years. She stands up for technology and innovation with people and human development in mind. As a speaker, she combines a science-based, highly rational argumentation with a passion for advancement, and she does so in an unusual empathetic and authentic way. I can highly recommend you to hire Elke to speak on biotech innovations and sustainability, and the green transformation of the chemical industry.