Fireside Chats

Gather 'round the fire as we follow up on burning questions and topics. 


Fireside Chats

Relax after a long conference day and casually chat with the industry specialists who keep our markets alive and well. Each fireside chat will be designated to a certain location, time, and topic. Feel free to drop in and out of chats as you please.

Emerging Markets for Ingeo

Monday, Sept. 10th
8:30PM - 10:00PM, Vista Fireplace 

Focus on new markets, cutting-edge applications, and innovative business models with Manuel Natal, Director of Product Development, and Tim Vanyo, Applications Engineer, as they look into their crystal ball and read the future of our industry.

From Farm to Trash

Monday, Sept. 10th
8:30PM - 10:00PM, Lobby Fireplace

Join Mariagiovanna Vetere, Global Public Affairs Manager, Tim Goodman, Cradle to Cradle Manager, and Dr. Norbert Schmitz from ISCC for an informal discussion and Q&A on end-of-life opportunities including recycling, composting, anaerobic digestion, and chemical recycling. They will also discuss sustainable agriculture and legislation from around the world.

Gen Z @ Work

Monday, Sept. 10th 
8:30PM - 10:00PM, Buena Vista Terrace Fireplace

Join our keynote speakers, David & Jonah Stillman – the father and son Generation Z experts, for a deeper download on what drives our future workforce and how this will impact the biomaterials industry.

Regulatory Affairs

Tuesday, Sept. 11th
8:30PM - 10:00PM, Lobby Fireplace

REACH, EH&S, TSCA, SDS, RoHS - the abbreviations and nuances of global regulatory compliance are impactful and complex. Join Becky Brooks, Sr. Global Product Regulatory Affairs Manager, and Mitzi Ng Clark, Partner - Keller and Heckman, who can answer your questions and demystify a few of those acronyms.

Bill Coggio

The Vercet Platform & Everything About Lactide Chemistry

Tuesday, Sept. 11th
8:30PM - 10:00PM, Vista Fireplace

From coatings to adhesives, NatureWorks’ new lactide-based chemistries are opening new markets and enabling new applications. Come meet with Brian Glasbrenner, Commercial Manager, and Dr. Bill Coggio, Application and Technology Development Manager, to learn about the new platform and what exactly a polyol can do

Jed Randall

Deep Tracks from Technical Development

Tuesday, Sept. 11th
8:30PM - 10:00PM, Bernardo Patio Fireplace

With a combined 40+ years of experience in the bioplastics industry, Donavon Kirschbaum and Jed Randall, Principal Scientist are responsible for some of the biggest technical innovations in Ingeo applications. Come sit with the guys as they tell stories about the big failures and bigger ideas that have driven the last 10 years of innovation.

Don’t just take our word for it

You can create value by doing something that's good for the world, and I'm not talking about making money and then giving it away. I'm talking about the way you make money is by doing something that the world needs, and so that's what's so -- one of the things that's so inspiring about being here is that that is underlying all the businesses here.
Kaihan Krippendorf
Founder, Outthinker
I'm inspired from the standpoint that I'm coming back from the conference with an understanding of more of the material science. And that's really, really, really important because that means that it's going to impact work that I've got going on in the laboratory right now.
Jesse Hipps
Anyone that's out there, whether you're a product or service provider or just somebody that wants to understand what's happening in the bioplastics industry, I recommend strongly that you think about coming to Innovation Takes Root. This is a conference where you're going to learn a lot, you're going to actually be able to have the opportunity to collaborate with others and develop partnerships that will last a lifetime.
Justin Zeulner
Green Sports Alliance