Platinum Sponsors

Iowa leads the way in the R&D of next generation chemical building blocks necessary to champion development in energy, feedstock, manufacturing and transportation goods. Iowa’s central location, robust transportation and infrastructure, highly educated and productive workforce, abundant raw materials and pro-business state government contribute to the state’s success in the biofuels and biorenewables industry.  These strategic advantages have resulted in a unique opportunity to advance Iowa’s bioeconomy; Iowa introduced the first of its kind in the U.S. Renewable Chemicals Production Tax Credit program.  To learn more about Iowa’s business climate or bioeconomy, visit iowaeconomicdevelopment.com.

Gold Sponsors

Clariant is a globally leading specialty chemicals company, based in Muttenz, Switzerland. Clariant’s Group Biotechnology has developed the sunliquid process which uses enzymatic hydrolysis followed by fermentation to efficiently and sustainably produce cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues such as wheat straw, corn stover or sugarcane bagasse. Clariant has been operating Germany’s largest cellulosic ethanol plant in Straubing since 2012. In September 2017, Clariant signed its first license agreement for sunliquid® with Enviral, the largest producer of bioethanol in Slovakia, which will produce cellulosic ethanol at an annual production capacity of 50 000 tons. In October that same year, Clariant decided to invest in a new full-scale commercial plant based on its sunliquid technology in Romania.

Silver Sponsors

Praj is a global process solutions company having innovation and integration capabilities, offering solutions for Bio-Ethanol & 2G plants, Wastewater treatment systems, Critical Process Equipment & Skids, High Purity solutions for Pharma & Healthcare sector. With over 750 references across five continents Praj has become emerging partner in the bio-economy space.

The Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) is a national organization representing the new generation of advanced and renewable technologies that will help drive America’s new economy by creating jobs, reducing our dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels while fueling a sustainable future for the world.  The ABFA has quickly become a leading voice for America’s domestic biofuels industry since it was established in 2009. Based in Washington, D.C., the ABFA engages the federal government at all levels to secure a level playing field for its 40 member companies by encouraging public policies that are consistent, technology neutral, utilize sustainable feedstocks and offer subsidy parity.

Holland & Knight LLP is a global law firm with an award-winning Public Policy and Regulations (PP&R) practice in Washington, D.C. H&K’s bipartisan team of professionals apply their in-depth understanding of government operations and political perspectives to advance the interests of their clients. The PP&R group has extensive experience in energy-related regulatory, legislative, transactional and litigation matters, as well as in financing innovative energy technologies through federal programs and deploying them at commercial scale.

Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: REGI) is a leading provider of cleaner, lower carbon intensity products and services. We are an international producer of biomass-based diesel, a developer of renewable chemicals and North America’s largest producer of advanced biofuel. REG utilizes an integrated procurement, distribution, and logistics network to convert natural fats, oils, greases and sugars into lower carbon intensity products. With 14 active biorefineries, a feedstock processing facility, research and development capabilities and a diverse and growing intellectual property portfolio, REG is committed to being a long-term leader in bio-based fuel and chemicals.

Fluid Quip Process Technologies (FQPT) was founded on extensive experience and knowhow within the corn wet milling (grain processing) industry. FQPT’s skilled engineering and technical leadership has been developing new technologies and process solutions applicable to the biofuels and biochemical markets for more than 30 years. FQPT has industrialized multiple patented and patent-pending technologies geared towards enhancing the base corn-to-ethanol dry grind process and the growing need for carbohydrate building blocks in the biochemical market.

Thermal Kinetics. At the forefront of new techniques and technologies in separations and chemical processing (including specialties of distillation, dehydration and evaporation), Thermal Kinetics has been providing full-service process equipment, engineering, process development and design services to the Fuel Ethanol, Biofuels, and Chemicals Processing industries since 1999.  We offer advanced energy-saving solutions, patented technologies of integration and sophisticated process plant development — proudly matching each of our customers’ specific needs with optimum productivity and profitability.  As the process industries arm of RCM Technologies, Inc.  we bring a 2000 person multinational engineering presence to support the emerging Advanced Bio-Economy sector.  We welcome the opportunity to show you how we can improve your ethanol,biofuels, or bio-chemicals plant efficiency.

ICM, Inc. (ICM) is a global leader in the biofuels industry with roots in the farming community. Since 1995, ICM has focused on innovating and developing new technologies to support the production of renewable fuels and sustaining agriculture. More than 100 biorefineries worldwide utilize ICM’s proprietary systems, which are among the most advanced in the biofuels industry. A full-service provider, ICM’s offerings include design, engineering, manufacturing, implementation, and plant support, all of which are tailored to yield higher profits and better operational efficiencies for biorefineries. Its state-of-the-art research facility accommodates development and testing of cutting-edge technologies, creating process and feed technology solutions to consistently drive the industry forward. ICM is based in Colwich, Kansas with a regional office in Brazil. For more information, visit icminc.com.

For more than 100 years, Honeywell UOP has been a leader in developing and commercializing technology for the oil refining, petrochemical, renewables, gas processing and hydrogen industries. Honeywell UOP’s principal products offered to these industries are licensed technologies and processes, catalysts, adsorbents, packaged plants and key mechanical equipment. Honeywell UOP is committed to providing the most reliable and effective solutions on the market today, keeping our customers competitive and their operations modern, efficient and profitable.

ICF is a global consulting and technology services provider. Since 1969, government and commercial clients have worked with ICF to overcome their toughest challenges on issues that matter profoundly to their business. ICF combines technical expertise, policy development and market analysis to provide comprehensiveservices to lenders, developers, and renewable operators to enable their future success.

Velocys is developing a series of biorefineries, with its partners, to address the growing, attractive market for renewable jet fuel and diesel, principally in the U.S.. The company provides a cost-effective route from low cost, woody biomass to advanced biofuels in convenient locations close to the feedstock source. The projects will utilize Velocys’ commercially-proven Fischer-Tropsch technology as deployed in the Company’s commercial reference plant: ENVIA Energy’s Oklahoma City plant, which is in operation.

Luncheon Workshop Sponsor

Munich Re (MR) stands for exceptional solution-based expertise, consistent risk management, financial stability and client proximity. Corporate Insurance Partner (CIP) is a unit within MR, offering (traditional and) innovative risk- transfer solutions for industrial clients. By wedding innovation with a solution-based approach – customized to each client (from start-ups to multi-nationals) – we create business-enabling risk financing policies. Green Tech Solutions aligns fully with MR’s innovation and de-carbonization strategies by designing and writing insurance policies for companies in the renewable energy ecosystem.

Corporate, Organization Support and Break Sponsors

FaegreBakerDaniels is a full service law firm providing business solutions to local, national and international organizations. We serve clients with the highest levels of professionalism, skill and integrity. Our 750 corporate, litigation and regulatory professionals collaborate across 13 locations in the United States, U.K. and China to deliver practical solutions for our clients’ business needs.

Kilpatrick Townsend is a full-service, international law firm with more than 630 lawyers who work with forward-thinking clients to solve their most critical business matters. The firm’s energy practice draws from other firm-wide teams to tap into Project Finance, Construction & Infrastructure, Private Placement, Private Equity, and Intellectual Property knowledge. 

New Energy Risk (NER) has created a new, sophisticated insurance solution to facilitate efficient financing and promote customer adoption of clean, high efficiency, renewable energy technologies. NER Performance Insurance addresses technology risk in the operation of an energy facility or technology by insuring the level of performance sufficient to meet debt service or by supporting the warranty obligation of the technology provider. NER was acquired by the global reinsurer XL Catlin (NYSE: XL, S&P Financial Strength rating “A+”) in 2015.

Global BioFuture Solutions is an award-winning, internationally recognized risk consulting firm, providing the “Golden Ticket” of risk analysis and risk mitigation assessment utilizing detailed feasibility studies and other risk analysis products, including the QuantaVision Risk Management System. Based on ERM, ESG, Green Bonds, and UNSDGs, QuantaVision providessuperior risk identification and mitigation and can be used as a management tool as well as a servicing tool for investors, lenders, and bondholders.

Greater Commercial Lending (GCL) is a credit union service organization (CUSO) established in 2017 and based in Reno, Nevada. GCL provides commercial lending services to entities across the nation and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Greater Nevada Credit Union (GNCU), the USDA National Lender of the Year for the past three years, and a two-time SBA Lender of the Year for 2016 and 2017.

The National Biodiesel Board is the national trade association representing America’s first Advanced Biofuel. The group works to create sustainable biodiesel industry growth through education, communication, governmental affairs, technical and quality assurance programs. Serving as the coordinating body for research and development in the US the National Biodiesel Board is comprised of state, national, and international feedstock and feedstock processor organizations, biodiesel suppliers, fuel marketers and distributors, and technology providers.

The Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) seeks to enhance energy security and environmental sustainability for aviation through alternative jet fuels. CAAFI is a coalition that focuses the efforts of commercial aviation to engage the emerging alternative fuels industry. It enables its diverse participants – representing all the leading stakeholders in the field of aviation – to build relationships, share and collect data, identify resources, and direct research, development and deployment of alternative jet fuels. For more information, including a significant library of resources related to this work, please visit http://www.caafi.org/default.aspx

Airlines for America® (A4A) vigorously advocates for the American airline industry as a model of safety, customer service and environmental responsibility; and as the indispensable network that drives our nation’s economy and global competitiveness. Today, A4A members and their affiliates transport more than 90 percent of all U.S. airline passenger and cargo traffic. While representing only 2 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, the U.S. airlines are committed to continuing to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions through technology, air traffic management, energy and infrastructure advances. A4A and its members are vigorously pursuing the development and deployment of sustainable alternative aviation fuels through the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative® (CAAFI), the Farm to Fly program and other collaborative initiatives. For more information visit http://www.airlines.org/Pages/Environment_Alternative_Fuels.aspx

Merrick & Company (www.merrick.com), delivering“Bio Solutions to Better Our World.” A leader in the bioprocessing industry, providing engineering and professional services for innovators in the biofuels, advanced proteins, and biochemicals markets. Merrick has served clients for over 60 years and maintains offices in the US, Canada, UK, and Mexico.


The Nelson Engineering team is driven by an enthusiasm for biotech innovation. We partner with the industry’s pioneers to provide turnkey engineering, procurement and construction services. You will find us innovating in a number of biotech applications including ag processing, biochemicals, biomass, as well as advanced and aviation biofuels. Adaptable solutions keep our customers successful and our jobs exciting. We work to see your Ideas made Ideal.
The International Alternative Fuel Technology Center (IAFTC) at Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®) assists clients with exploring, developing, and evaluating current and future alternative fuels from source through production to real-world use. SwRI is a non-profit, independent research and development organization with more than 70 years of experience with fuels and engines. For more information, please visit  https://iaftc.swri.org

Zeton is the world’s leading designer and builder of innovative lab scale systemspilot plantsdemonstration plants and small modular production plants, Zeton helps its customers bring their new technology and processes to market, faster, with less risk and lower cost.

CRB is a leading Design, Construction and Consulting Solutions firm for the life sciences and advanced technologies industries. We are committed to provide best-in-class solutions for our clients. We are dedicated to “The Relentless Pursuit of Success. Yours.”

DCI-Biolafitte leads the biotechnology equipment industry in the design and production of top-quality bioreactors and fermentors. We benefit from the design and engineering expertise that comes from decades of being a trusted biotech solutions provider. DCI-Biolafitte features a wide variety of bioreactors, fermentors, retrofit, and custom-built biotech solutions.

Participating Supporter

U.S. Department of Agriculture
The USDA has many programs resources available to assist the broad complement of stakeholders to respond to bioeconomy-related issues and opportunities, including basic scientific research to the development and commercialization of new technologies, outreach and education, technical and financial assistance, and infrastructure..USDA is leading the way for a clean energy future for our country.