Program

Featuring dynamic keynote speakers, insightful breakout sessions, exhibits, and plenty of networking.

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Sunday, September 9

10:00am - 8:00pm

Loggia

Registration

Monday, September 10

7:00am - 7:00pm

Aragon Grand Entrance

Registration

8:30am - 11:30am

Catalina East

WORKSHOP

Tailoring Ingeo's Physical Properties for Applications Development

 
This workshop provides an overview of polymer properties including polyolefins, polyesters, polyamides, and how they lead to developing performance attributes in downstream applications. Case studies will accompany each workshop section.

AM

Aragon Pre-function

Networking Break - Sponsored by Bank of America, BMO Harris Bank, & Chase Commercial Banking

8:30AM - 11:30AM

Catalina West

WORKSHOP

Understanding Ingeo in a Low-Carbon and Circular Economy Context

This workshop provides an in-depth briefing on the role of Ingeo biomaterials in a low-carbon, circular economy from responsible sourcing to enabling appropriate recovery options like composting and recycling.

Mariagiovanna Vetere
 
Mariagiovanna Vetere

NatureWorks, Global Public Affairs Manager

Becky Brooks
 
Becky Brooks

NatureWorks, Global Regulatory Affairs Manager

AM

Aragon Pre-function

Networking Break - Sponsored by Bank of America, BMO Harris Bank, & Chase Commercial Banking

 
Erwin Vink

NatureWorks, Sustainability Manager

Tim Goodman
 
Tim Goodman

NatureWorks, Cradle-to-Cradle Manager

 
Melissa Romero

Californians Against Waste, Policy Associate

AM

San Diego Championship Golf Course at Rancho Bernardo Inn

Optional Golf Outings

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Aragon Lawn

Welcome Lunch

1:35pm - 5:30pm

Aragon Ballroom

Plenary Session

 
Moderator: Leah Ford

The Innovation Takes Root plenary spans speakers who include global brands, thought leaders, leading academics, and non-governmental organizations. It's a session designed to inspire attendees by fueling passion for new materials, the desire for fresh thinking, and the drive to undertake world-changing endeavors.

1:35pm - 2:30pm
David Jonah Stillman

Gen Z @ Work

David & Jonah Stillman

GenZGuru, Authors & Speakers

2:30pm - 3:00pm
3:30pm - 4:00pm

Aragon Terrace

Networking Break - Sponsored by CMT Materials

4:00pm - 4:30pm
Omar Hoek

Innovation with Purpose: The power of the consumer

Omar Hoek

Ahlstrom, Executive Vice President, Specialties Business Area

4:30pm - 5:00pm
Blank

Plenary Session

Lynne Urbina

Danone North America, VP Ingredient & Packaging Procurement

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Aragon Lawn / Access to Exhibit Hall

Evening Welcome Reception

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Tuesday, September 11

7:30am - 8:30am

Aragon Lawn

Breakfast - sponsored by BI-AX International Inc.

7:30am - 7:00pm

Aragon Grand Entrance

Registration

8:30am - 12:30pm

Aragon II

Food Serviceware: Product Developments to Zero Waste Models

 
Moderator: Tim Goodman

In a mature market like food serviceware, each technical breakthrough creates significant opportunity to increase market share. Come learn about new breakthroughs in coatings for paper foodservice that improve performance, decrease system costs, and enable multiple end-of-life scenarios including composting & recycling/re-pulping. This session will also explore how compostable food serviceware measurably affects organics diversion rates and can decrease system costs in closed-loop environments looking to implement zero waste.

10:00am - 10:30am
Julia Wetstein

Going for Zero Waste at Airports Going Green

Julia Wetstein

Vegware Packaging Inc., Zero Waste Director
 

 
 
Sergio Gonzalez

Organix Recycling Inc., Operations Manager

10:30am - 11:00am

Aragon Pre-function

Networking Break - Sponsored by BewiSynbra

11:00am - 11:30am
11:30am - 12:00pm
Rhodes Yepsen

Compostable Products in Organic Agriculture

Rhodes Yepsen

Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), Executive Director

12:00pm - 12:30pm
Susan Thoman

University of Washington Campus Study: Compostables and Food Waste Diversion

Susan K. Thoman

Compost Manufacturing Alliance, Principal and Managing Director

8:30am - 12:30pm

Aragon IB

Forging Ahead: 3D Printing for Industrial Applications

 
Moderator: Deepak Venkatraman

3D printing has moved out of the novelty space and is now a resource utilized by businesses of all sizes in industries from foundry, to farming, to biomedical devices. Come hear how these industries are evolving their processes taking advantage of the convenience of 3D printing, and also the tailored properties of Ingeo filament materials that meet these advanced application demands.

9:00am - 9:30am
Nirup Nagabandi

Next Steps in Additive Manufacturing

Nirup Nagabandi

Essentium Inc., Staff Scientist

9:30am - 10:00am
10:30am - 11:00am

Aragon Pre-function

Networking Break - Sponsored by BewiSynbra

11:00am - 11:30am
Paul Rothweiler

3D Printing and Immersive Visualization in Healthcare Design & Delivery

Paul Rothweiler

Earl E. Bakken Medical Device Center, University of MN, Director of 3D Printing and Immersive Visualization

12:00pm - 12:30pm
11:30am - 12:00pm
9:00am - 12:30pm

Aragon IA

Tools for Ingeo Users: Optimizing for Industry Success

 
Moderator: Jim Nangeroni

It's been over 25 years since NatureWorks introduced Ingeo to the world, and during that time we've had to overcome a few challenges on our way to success. Working with a wide range of supply chain partners, industry experts, and NGO's across a broad spectrum of applications, we have gained a vast amount of experience and knowledge. This session will bring together experts in machinery design, additive development, and product certification to share first-hand what we've learned and provide their recommendations for optimizing your experience with Ingeo to enable success in across industries.

9:00am - 9:30am
9:30am - 10:00am
10:30am - 11:00am

Aragon Pre-function

Networking Break - Sponsored by BewiSynbra

11:00am - 11:30pm

Managing Wall Thickness Distribution in Thermoformed Parts

Conor Carlin

CMT Materials, Inc., Sales & Marketing Manager

11:30am - 12:00pm

Advances in Material Modification via Additives Masterbatches

Daniel Ganz

Sukano, Senior Global Product Development Leader - Bioplastics

12:30pm - 6:00pm

Open for activities and optional workshops

12:30pm - 3:00pm

Aragon IB

WORKSHOP

Marketing Claims & Regulatory Compliance Overview for 3D Printing

With a manufacturing process that can make anything, complying with global regulatory laws and marketing guidelines can be challenging. Join this workshop for a focused review of regulatory and marketing claims do’s/don’ts with topics covering:

  • Regulatory | food compliance, REACH, EH&S, medical compliance
  • Marketing | EOL, bio-based, carbon footprint, and performance claims

Lunch will be served at this workshop.


Becky Brooks
Becky Brooks

NatureWorks, Global Regulatory Affairs Manager


 
Leah Ford

NatureWorks, Global Marketing & Communications Manager


 
Mitzi Ng Clark

Keller & Heckman LLP, Partner

2:00pm - 6:00pm

Catalina East

WORKSHOP

Extrusion Equipment Engineering for PLA: Theory and Practice

This workshop provides an approach for properly engineering extruder screws and dies for processing PLA resins. The material properties will be discussed, and appropriate design criteria will be defined. Then, we will demonstrate how to apply the design criteria to perform engineering calculations for single screw extruder and flow channel design and optimization. The workshop is taught through a troubleshooting approach in which poor designs are investigated and new designs are proposed then verified empirically.

Workshop Outline:

  • Introduction to PLA rheology
  • Process Design Criteria
  • Extruder Performance and Mixing
  • Adaptor and Die Optimization
  • Troubleshooting

Tim Womer
Tim Womer

TWWomer & Associates, LLC, President


John Perdikoulias
John Perdikoulias

Compuplast North America, President

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Aragon Pre-function

Evening Reception and Exhibits

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Wednesday, September 12

7:30am - 8:30am

Aragon Lawn

Breakfast - Sponsored by Greenware/Fabri-Kal

7:30am - 3:30pm

Aragon Grand Entrance

Registration

8:30am - 12:00pm

Aragon IA

Inventing the Future of Performance Fibers and Nonwovens

 
Moderator: Eamonn Tighe

Nonwovens are a common substrate for heath, hygiene and personal care products. However, new inventions for Ingeo nonwovens are creating performance attributes unseen before in this space. Come hear how new hydrophilic technology creates diapers that reduce diaper rash, and creates slimmer, more effective absorbent hygiene products. This session will also dive into advancements on Ingeo multi-compatibilization with polypropylene and new coatings for nonwovens.

9:00am - 9:30am
Steve Chester

Persistence Pays Off: The PLA Journey at Fitesa

Steve Chester

Fitesa

9:30am - 10:00am
Jonathan Layer

Opportunities and Challenges for PLA in Spunlace Nonwoven

Jonathan Layer

Mogul South Carolina Nonwovens, Business Development Manager - Americas

10:00am - 10:30am

Aragon Pre-function

Networking Break

11:30am - 12:00pm

Market Dynamics and Trends Driving Innovation in Nonwovens

Brad Kalil

INDA, Director of Market Research & Statistics

8:30am - 12:00pm

Aragon II

Advancements in Single-Serve Beverage Delivery

 
Moderator: Flavio Di Marcotullio

With the wide-spread adoption of single-serve beverage systems, brandowners are seeking solutions that address the sustainability challenges inherent to single-use capsules while not compromising on brewing performance or taste. Join this session to hear about the success of current Ingeo-based solutions that have validated compostability as an end-of-life solution for both the capsule and coffee grounds; and find out about new technologies that address capsule design across the increasing range of coffee brewing systems in the market, coffee shelf life, consumer taste and aroma sensory experience and more.

9:00am - 9:30am
 
Emilie Picard
 
Emilie Picard

Ahlstrom, R&D Scientist

10:00am - 10:30am

Aragon Pre-function

Networking Break

10:30am - 11:00am
11:00am - 11:30am
Fiorenzo Parrinello

Technology and the Machine to Make Compostable Cups

Fiorenzo Parrinello

Sacmi Imola S.C., Packaging Laboratory R&D Director

11:30am - 12:00pm
Martin Bussman

Single-Serve Packaging Based on Ecovio®

Martin Bussman

BASF SE, Team Leader Segment Compostable Packaging and Technical Marketing Biopolymers

8:20am - 12:30pm

Aragon IB

Breaking it Down: Engineering for Degradability in New Applications

 
Moderator: Jim Valentine

Designing new specialty applications in markets from agriculture to the industrial sector often requires materials that perform both during and after use. Join this session to learn about techniques for designing applications that can take advantage of the ability to manipulate both the rate and method of degradation for Ingeo-based structures.

8:30am - 9:00am
Mani Natal

Engineering for Degradability in Industrial Applications

Manuel Natal

NatureWorks, Director of Product Development

9:30am - 10:00am
9:00am - 9:30am
10:00am - 10:30am

Aragon Pre-function

Networking Break

11:30am - 12:00pm
Leandro Costa

Green Biotechnology in the Horticulture Sector

Leandro Costa

PlantPaper, International Sales Manager

12:00pm - 12:30pm
12:00pm - 1:30pm

Aragon Lawn

Lunch - sponsored by KYF Packaging

2:00pm - 3:30pm

Aragon Ballroom

Closing Plenary Session

2:00pm - 2:30pm
Marco Garilli

Bio-Based Material for Appliances: The Electrolux Experience

Marco Garilli

Electrolux Italia SpA, Innovation Expert - Polymers

2:30pm - 3:00pm
Scott Jenkins

Plenary Talk

Scott Jenkins

Green Sports Alliance, Board Chair

3:00pm - 3:30pm
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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
Michelman
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