Seminars & Webinars: Synthetic Biology

May 2020

Navigating the Jurisdictional Tightrope Between Biopesticides, Biostimulants, and Related Emerging Technologies, May 11, 2020, via webinar

Bergeson & Campbell P.C. (B&C®)  was pleased to present “Navigating the Jurisdictional Tightrope Between Biopesticides, Biostimulants, and Related Emerging Technologies” deconstructing the jurisdictional boundaries distinguishing pesticides, biopesticides, plant regulators, biostimulants, and related technologies. The webinar focused on draft EPA guidance intended to clarify the lines between and among those products that are subject to FIFRA registration as plant regulators and those biostimulant products not subject to FIFRA registration. The webinar also focused on new and evolving chemistry and technology issues that may blur some jurisdictional lines or potentially move products from one category to another.  Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, B&C; Lisa R. Burchi, Of Counsel, B&C; and Sheryl Dolan, Senior Regulatory Consultant, B&C, presented. A recording is available online

March 2018

Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference on Development & Deployment, February 28 - March 2, 2018, Washington, D.C.

ABLC 2018 was a connected series of five conferences on the most important issues in the bioeconomy. These conferences provided updates from key government agencies, an opening session with the heads of top trade organizations, and information on policy, finance, partnerships, world class R&D, and effective scale-up. Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist at The Acta Group (Acta®) and Lauren Graham, Ph.D., chemist at Acta, presented.

October 2017

2017 Retail Law Conference, October 10-12, 2017, Chicago Illinois

The 2017 Retail Law Conference covers pressing issues facing the retail industry and provides ample opportunity for interactive participation in roundtable discussions, Q&A with speakers, and networking breaks. The Acta Group (Acta®) President Lynn L. Bergeson will speak at “A Peek Behind the Curtain: Retailers, New Technologies, and What You Need to Know.” Acta affiliate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is a proud sponsor.

October 2016

Algae Biomass Organization Summit, October 23-26, 2016, Phoenix, Arizona

The Algae Biomass Summit was the largest algae conference in the world. This is where leading producers of algae products went to network with industry suppliers and technology providers, where project developers conversed with utility executives, and where researchers and technology developers rubbed elbows with venture capitalists. Acta affiliate B&C was a proud sponsor. Acta and B&C Senior Chemist Richard E. Engler chaired "Legal, IP, and Regulatory Challenges and Opportunities" on Tuesday, October 25, 2016.

August 2016

252nd American Chemical Society National Meeting, August 21-25, 2016, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The theme of the 252nd American Chemical Society National Meeting was “Chemistry of the People, by the People, for the People.” Acta President Lynn L. Bergeson presented “Genetic Engineering, Chemistry, and Consumers” on August 22.

June 2016

International Bar Association 4th Mediterranean Conference, June 5-7, 2016, Rome, Italy

The International Bar Association 4th Mediterranean Conference will focus on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security in the Mediterranean Region.  Acta President Lynn L. Bergeson will present “Modern Agriculture and Technology” on June 6. For a copy of Ms. Bergeson's presentation, contact

October 2015

Leveraging Synthetic Biology’s Promise and Managing Potential Risk, October 15, 2015, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Washington, D.C.

Hosted by the Wilson Center.  Panelists including Lynn L. Bergeson will discuss how synthetic biology applications would be regulated by the U.S. Coordinated Framework for Regulation of Biotechnology, how this would affect the market pathway of these applications and whether the existing framework will protect human health and the environment. RSVP online.

September 2015

Algae Biomass Summit, September 29 – October 2, 2015, Washington, D.C.

The Algae Biomass Summit is the largest algae conference in the world. This is where leading producers of algae products go to network with industry suppliers and technology providers, where project developers converse with utility executives, and where researchers and technology developers rub elbows with venture capitalists.  Richard E. Engler will participate on the panel discussion  "Legal, Regulatory, and Political Considerations in Commercializing Algae Products."  Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. is a proud sponsor. Register online.

November 2014

The Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference - - ABLC NEXT 2014, November 10 - 12, 2014, San Francisco, California

Acta affiliates Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. and The Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG) were proud sponsors. The Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference Series has become one of the largest gatherings of Advanced Biofuels and Renewable Chemicals and Biomaterials Operating Company CEOs and senior executives, strategic partners, financiers, equity analysts, policymakers and industry suppliers in the Advanced Biofuels & Renewable Chemicals and Biomaterials industries in North America. ABLC NEXT featured: The Store of the Future right inside the conference event - where you could have seen, heard, touched and tasted the new fuels, products and biomaterials that are coming to shelves and pumps right now - and many that are coming in the very near future; fresh faces illuminating the hottest topics in the industry - - the new superdiesels, ethanols and jet fuels, specialty chemicals & nutraceuticals, magic microbes & catalysts, plastics, nylons and biomaterials. Hot export markets and partnership opportunities abroad. Biogas and natural gas. Carbon Capture and Re-Use. Bolt-ons and retrofits and co-locations. Kathleen M. Roberts, Executive Director of BRAG, spoke on the how the results of the November election might impact the regulatory landscape for the biobased chemical community. Click here for more information

May 2014

BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, May 12-15, 2014, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology is the world's largest industrial biotechnology event for business leaders, investors, and policy makers in biofuels, biobased products, and renewable chemicals. Acta affiliate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. was proud sponsor of the Renewable Chemical Platforms and Biobased Materials track, and with our affiliate the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG) presented a session to educate and equip attendees to address the critical regulatory issues along the path to commercialization. Topics included:

  • Overview of the 90-day EPA new chemical notification review process
  • Filling out the PMN form – Top Ten Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
  • Challenges posed by chemical identity/nomenclature
  • What if EPA needs more data – addressing substances that may be difficult to test
  • Leveraging successfully pollution prevention benefits

Click here for more information

February 2012

Emerging Risks of Synthetic Biology, February 28, 2012.  Washington, D.C.

Lynn L. Bergeson participated in a panel discussion, providing the legal perspective. Click here for more information.

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