ABLC 2017 Sponsors included:

Platinum Sponsors

Renewable Energy Group, Inc. is a leading provider of cleaner, lower carbon intensity products and services and is North America’s largest producer of biomass-based diesel.  REG utilizes a nationwide production, distribution and logistics system as part of an integrated value chain model to focus on converting natural fats, oils and greases into advanced biofuels and converting diverse feedstocks into renewable chemicals. With 12 active biorefineries across the country, research and development capabilities and a diverse and growing intellectual property portfolio, REG is committed to being a long-term leader in bio-based fuels and chemicals. For more than a decade, REG has been a reliable supplier of advanced biofuels which meet or exceed ASTM quality specifications. REG sells REG-9000 biomass-based diesel to distributors so consumers can have cleaner burning fuels that help diversify the energy complex and increase energy security. REG-9000 biomass-based diesel is distributed in most states in the US. REG also markets ultra-low sulfur diesel and heating oil in the northeastern and midwestern US. For more information on REG visit our website at www.regi.com.


Iowa Economic Development – 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. Visit www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com

Gold Sponsors

Clariant is an internationally active specialty chemical company, based in Muttenz. Clariant focuses on creating value by investing in future profitable and sustainable growth, which is based on four strategic pillars: Improving profitability, innovation as well as research and development, dynamic growth in emerging markets, and optimizing the portfolio through complementary acquisitions or divestments. The main focus of Clariant’s Biotech & Renewables Center is on bio-catalysis and bio-refining. The company develops energy-efficient processes for the manufacture of biomass-based chemicals and fuels. Clariant has developed a process which uses enzymatic hydrolysis followed by fermentation to produce cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues.

Silver Sponsors

ICM, Inc., puts its energy into sustaining agriculture through innovation and developing new technologies that will support the renewable fuels industry. Their proprietary, ethanol process technology is behind more than 102 biorefineries in North America and several across the globe. ICM, Inc. is a full-service provider that offers a comprehensive line of more than 100 products and services tailored to make renewable energy technologies more efficient and more profitable. A state-of-the-art research facility in St. Joseph, Missouri accommodates bench-to-pilot scale testing to ultimately enable biofuel commercialization technologies. In conjunction with a growing list of strategic partners across multiple industries, ICM continues to engage stakeholder support for the advancement of renewable energy. For more information, visit icminc.com.

Kincannon & Reed
recruits leaders for organizations that feed the world and keep it healthy.” The firm is the only executive search firm to specialize in the interrelated realms of agribusiness, food, and life science. That makes them an ideal talent recruitment partner for companies in the bio economy. In addition, the company is global in scope and the firm’s recruiters are former private sector CEOs and executives.

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is a Washington D.C. law firm focusing on conventional, biobased, biotech, and nanoscale industrial, agricultural, and specialty chemical product regulation and approval matters.  Its professions include lawyers, scientists, and  other experts focusing on conventional and emerging chemical product technologies. The Acta Group, B&C’s scientific and regulatory consulting arm with offices in Washington D.C., Manchester England, and Beijing China, provides strategic, comprehensive support for global chemical registration, regulation, and sustained compliance.

The Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group™ (BRAG™) 
BRAG™ works to resolve the complicated regulatory issues under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) that can delay or derail commercialization of biobased chemical products and their derivatives.  BRAG offers members the level of expertise, sophistication, and presence in Washington, D.C. necessary to quickly and efficiently address these challenges on Capitol Hill and before EPA, as well as offer education and training, and hands-on guidance. BRAG is managed by B&C® Consortia Management, L.L.C., an affiliate of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., which has over three decades of experience helping companies navigate TSCA law and regulation.

Fluid Quip Process Technologies®
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 distillation, dehydration and evaporation, Thermal Kinetics has been providing full-service process equipment, engineering, process development and design services to the Fuel Ethanol and Biofuels 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. We welcome the opportunity to show you how we can improve your ethanol plant efficiency.

Honeywell UOP
For more than100 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.

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.


The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office works with industry, academia, and national laboratory partners on a balanced portfolio of research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities in feedstock supply and logistics, conversion technologies, and integrated biorefineries.  The Office is helping transform our renewable, abundant biomass resources into sustainable, cost-competitive, high-performance biofuels, value-added products, and biopower to reduce our nation’s dependence on fossil fuels.

Neste Oil

VIP Breakfast Briefing Sponsor


Innovate Maine. Be the Innovation Be the Change. Change is the forefront of innovation, invention and incentive for improvement. The world’s economy is changing, and bio-based alternatives are taking the helm. The Maine Bio-Economy Innovation Roadmap addresses this global shift to a Bio-Economy and invites worldwide innovation into real projects and real revenues within The State of Maine. The State of Maine and Born Global have pioneered a new commercialization pathway for global bio-based innovations. Our road map repurposes local distressed assets and re-vitalizes local communities all while flourishing in a new atmosphere of CHANGE.

Lanyard Sponsor

United Airlines 
United Airlines and United Express operate more than 4,500 flights a day to 339 airports across five continents. United is a leader in the advancement and use of sustainable aviation biofuel, making history in commercial aviation with its partnership with AltAir Fuels to bring commercial-scale, cost-competitive renewable jet fuel to its Los Angeles hub in 2016. United remains committed to operating a more environmentally sustainable and responsible airline, continuously looking for ways to reduce their footprint in the air, on the ground and at their facilities.

Corporate, Organization Support and Break Sponsors



Faegre Baker Daniels 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. 


Capricorn Venture Partners is an independent European manager of venture capital and equity funds, investing in innovative companies with technology as the competitive advantage. It is investing out of its Capricorn Cleantech, Health-tech and ICT Funds, is the asset manager of Quest for Growth, quoted on Euronext Brussels, and investment manager to the Quest Cleantech Fund. Capricorn is currently raising a new fund in the cleantech sector, focused on novel & bio-chemistry in particular.

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.

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

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 is an international law firm with 1,000 lawyers in 21 U.S. offices. Other offices around the world are located in Bogota, Colombia and Mexico City, Mexico. Holland & Knight provides representation in litigation, business, real estate and governmental law.


Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox is an intellectual property law firm of 170+ professionals focused solely to providing outstanding patent, trademark, Patent Office litigation, and district court legal services. The firm’s service model is built on its unrivaled technical knowledge including more than 50 PhDs on the team. Sterne Kessler is perfectly positioned to help protect the IP of those innovating in the biofuels and clean technology arenas.


Biobased Maine is a trade association promoting the sustainable use of renewable biomass from forests, farms, and sea to manufacture the next generation of biobased chemicals, materials, and fuels. We aim to expand biobased product manufacturing in Maine through applied research, technical assistance, and information sharing that supports new product development, process engineering, and market assessment. Our members include manufacturers, raw material suppliers, landowners, farmers, consultants, research institutions, private equity and non-governmental organizations—all committed to a sustainable biobased industry in Maine.

Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®) assists clients with exploring, developing, and evaluating current and future alternative fuels and biochemicals from idea to real-world use. SwRI is a non-profit, independent research and development organization with 70 years of experience with fuels, engines, emissions, process and product development, and sample assessment.