Sponsors

PLATINUM SPONSORS

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Renewable Energy Group, Inc.
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 are 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.

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.  In April 2016, 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 www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com

SILVER SPONSORS

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DuPont Industrial Biosciences

DuPont Industrial Biosciences
 – Over the last ten years, DuPont has invested hundreds of millions of dollars and challenged our top scientists to deliver on the potential of cellulosic ethanol and reduce our country’s dependence on fossil fuels. DuPont Industrial Biosciences will deliver on that promise with the opening of a cellulosic ethanol facility in Nevada, Iowa that will produce renewable fuel from corn stover – one of the first and largest facilities of its kind in the world.
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Clariant
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.


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.


U.S. Department of Agriculture
The USDA has many programs and resources available to assist the broad complement of stakeholders to respond to bioeconomy-related issues and opportunities, including financial and technical assistance, BioPreferred and voluntary labeling program, basic scientific research to the development and commercialization of new technologies, outreach and education, and infrastructure programs. To create jobs in rural communities, drive economic growth, and help reduce our dependence on foreign oil, USDA continues to aggressively pursue investments in renewable energy. USDA is leading the way for a clean energy future for our country.  Contact us to learn more at www.usda.gov.

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office
The USDA has many programs and resources available to assist the broad complement of stakeholders to respond to bioeconomy-related issues and opportunities, including financial and technical assistance, BioPreferred and voluntary labeling program, basic scientific research to the development and commercialization of new technologies, outreach and education, and infrastructure programs.To create jobs in rural communities, drive economic growth, and help reduce our dependence on foreign oil, USDA continues to aggressively pursue investments in renewable energy. USDA is leading the way for a clean energy future for our country.  Contact us to learn more at www.usda.gov.

ICM

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.

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.

Velocys

Velocys plc (VLS.L), the company at the forefront of smaller scale gas-to-liquids (GTL), is recently announced that first Fischer-Tropsch product has been successfully produced at ENVIA Energy’s GTL plant in Oklahoma City. First product represents a major milestone for Velocys, ENVIA and the wider industry, and will be a springboard for the successful implementation of Velocys’ new strategy. Velocys continues to focus and deliver on its new strategy to deliver, jointly with partners, a “one-stop-shop” offer to customers – a fully integrated and financed, cost effective and operations-ready plant solution.

Codexis, Inc. is a leading protein engineering company that applies its revolutionary CodeEvolver® platform technology to deliver high-performing enzymes for improving the cost and quality of pharmaceuticals and food ingredients, to enable sequencing of minute quantities of DNA for medical diagnostics, and to create novel biotherapeutics. Since 2002, the protein engineering experts at Codexis have created unique solutions — solutions others may not even contemplate, let alone successfully execute for a wide range of industries.

CORPORATE AND ORGANIZATIONAL SUPPORT SPONSORS

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Faegre Baker Daniels is a full service law firm providing business solutions to local, national and international organizations. We serve our clients with the highest levels of professionalism, skill and integrity. Our 750 corporate, litigation and regulatory professionals collaborate across our 14 locations in the United States, U.K. and China to deliver practical solutions for our clients’ business needs.

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Kilpatrick Townsend 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.