Co-Presenting Sponsor

U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) establishes partnerships with key public and private stakeholders to develop technologies for producing cost-competitive advanced biofuels from non-food biomass resources, including cellulosic biomass, algae, and wet waste (e.g., biosolids). BETO works with a broad spectrum of government, industrial, academic, agricultural, and nonprofit partners across the United States to develop commercially viable, high-performance biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower made from renewable U.S. biomass resources that reduce our dependence on imported oil while enhancing energy security.

Platinum Sponsor

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 iowaeda.com.

Renewable Energy Group, Inc., (Nasdaq: REGI) is leading the energy industry transition to sustainability by transforming renewable resources into high-quality, cleaner fuels. REG is an international producer of cleaner fuels and North America’s largest producer of biodiesel. REG solutions are alternatives for petroleum diesel and produce significantly lower carbon emissions. REG uses an integrated procurement, distribution and logistics network to operate 13 biorefineries in the U.S. and Europe. In 2018, REG produced 502 million gallons of cleaner fuel delivering over four million metric tons of carbon reduction. REG is meeting the growing global demand for lower-carbon fuels and leading the way to a more sustainable future.

Gold Sponsor

Clariant is a focused, sustainable and innovative specialty chemical company, based in Muttenz near Basel/ Switzerland. The company’s constant commitment to innovation and R&D with a strong focus on sustainability has led to the groundbreaking sunliquid® technology, converting agricultural residues such as cereal straw, corn stover or sugarcane bagasse into cellulosic ethanol, an advanced biofuel. sunliquid®also produces cellulosic sugars that could function as intermediates for the production of bio-based chemicals to be used in a wide range of industries and applications. The sunliquid® technology offers a completely integrated process design. Innovative technology features, such as chemical-free pre-treatment, the integrated production of feedstock-and-process-specific-enzymes, as well as simultaneous C5 and C6 fermentation ensure best commercial performance. Since 2012, Clariant has been operating its pre-commercial sunliquid® plant in Germany that produces up to 1,000 tons of cellulosic ethanol per year. In the fall of 2018, Clariant broke ground on its first-of-its-kind full-scale commercial cellulosic ethanol plant, with an annual capacity of 50k tons, in southwestern Romania, where construction is currently underway. Clariant licenses its sunliquid® technology platform globally. So far, five license agreements have been concluded with renowned industry players in China, Poland, Bulgaria and Slovakia.

Silver Sponsors

Fluid Quip Technologies (FQT) was founded on extensive experience and knowhow within the corn wet milling (grain processing) industry. FQT’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. FQT 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.

SHV Energy is a leading global distributor of off-grid energy such as LPG and LNG and active in the area of Sustainable Fuels, like bioLPG, and renewable energy solutions. Our business is focused to provide decentralised, low-carbon and clean energy solutions to 30 million business and residential customers worldwide.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 110,000 talented employees in over 100 countries

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.

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.

Velocys is an international UK-based sustainable fuels technology company. Velocys designed, developed and now licences proprietary Fischer-Tropsch technology for the generation of clean, low carbon, synthetic drop-in aviation and transport fuel from municipal solid waste and waste woody biomass. Velocys is currently developing projects in Natchez, Mississippi, USA (incorporating Carbon Capture Use and Storage) and Immingham, UK to produce fuels that significantly reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and key exhaust pollutants for aviation and road transport. Originally a spin-out from Oxford University, in 2008 the company acquired a US company based on complementary technology developed at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Velocys is headquartered in Oxford in the United Kingdom. Velocys is an international UK-based sustainable fuels technology company. Velocys designed, developed and now licences proprietary Fischer-Tropsch technology for the generation of clean, low carbon, synthetic drop-in aviation and transport fuel from municipal solid waste and waste woody biomass. Velocys is currently developing projects in Natchez, Mississippi, USA (incorporating Carbon Capture Use and Storage) and Immingham, UK to produce fuels that significantly reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and key exhaust pollutants for aviation and road transport. Originally a spin-out from Oxford University, in 2008 the company acquired a US company based on complementary technology developed at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Velocys is headquartered in Oxford in the United Kingdom. 

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 comprehensive services to lenders, developers, and renewable operators to enable their future success.

Axens (www.axens.net) is a group providing a complete range of solutions for the conversion of oil and biomass to cleaner fuels, the production and purification of major petrochemical intermediates, as well as natural gas treatment and conversion options.  The products and services offered include technologies, equipment, furnaces, modular units, catalysts, adsorbents and related services and includes technologies for the production of 1G and 2G fuels, chemicals, plastics recycling, and carbon capture.  The Axens technology portfolio includes FuturolTM cellulosic ethanol, Atol® ethanol dehydrationAlcohol to Jet, Vegan® lipid conversion to renewable diesel and SAF, BioTfuel® for the fuel chain of process to gasify solid biomass and convert to drop-in fuels via Fischer-Tropsch, butadiene via the BioButterfly collaboration with Michelin, and our partnership with Anellotech for the production of cellulosic aromatics and fuels blendstocks.   

Praj is a global process solutions company, driven by innovation and having integration capabilities. The company offers technological solutions for bio-ethanol & 2G plants, RNG plants, Biodiesel plants, critical process equipment & skids, brewery plants, industrial wastewater treatment systems, and HiPurity water systems. With over 750 references across five continents, Praj is a torchbearer of bio-mobility, and an emerging leader deploying sustainable solutions through circular bioeconomy.

NEXTCHEM IS MAIRE TECNIMONT’S SUBSIDIARY FOR ENERGY TRANSITION TECHNOLOGIES. NextChem transforms innovative ideas into industrial processes and plants, through Project Development, Technology Licensing, Engineering, Procurement and Construction services. NextChem cooperates with Saola Energy to license a technology for the production of Renewable Diesel suitable for both small bolt-on facilities and large plants. bio-economy.

Smisson-Mathis Energy Solutions’ proprietary technologies converts FOG and Brown Grease into biodiesel. These oils are plentiful but scarcely used in biodiesel production due to sulfur content. Our integrated solutions divert these waste oils from traditional disposal methods (landfill, land application) to produce biodiesel that meets all ASTM d6751 requirements, including sulfur limitations. These innovative technologies are transforming waste management and biofuels production.

Coffee Break Sponsor

CJ CheilJedang, headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, is a global leader in food and biotechnology industries. Its bio-business focuses on the production of food & feed additives(e.g. amino acids) and bio-based chemicals(e.g. PHAs). With its core technical capabilities of microbial fermentation, CJCJ is committed to providing bio-based solutions for global health and sustainability.

VIP Breakfast Sponsor

Nordic West is a business consulting firm specialized in providing Nordic companies with market research, strategy development, regulatory monitoring, stakeholder relations management, and communications support. An affiliate of Miltton Group, most of our clients are from the bioeconomy, health tech and cybersecurity industries.

Burns & McDonnell is a full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions firm, based in Kansas City, Missouri. We plan, design, permit, construct and manage facilities all over the world, with one mission in mind: Make our clients successful.

Corporate and Organizational Support Sponsors

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.

Airlines 4 America 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 here.

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.

Faegre Drinker: With more than 1,300 experienced attorneys, consultants and professionals in 22 locations across the United States, United Kingdom and China, we have the strength to solve your most complex transactional, litigation and regulatory challenges wherever you need us. We partner with clients ranging from emerging startups to multinational corporations, delivering comprehensive and customized advice that advances your most ambitious business objectives.

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.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in all major financial centers around the world.

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. 

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

New Energy Risk (NER) helps insure technical risk for breakthrough technologies to optimize cost of capital and accelerate time to market. Using proprietary models and processes, NER utilizes technology performance data from pilot and demonstration-level facilities to analyze risk. Through its affiliate AXA XL (S&P AA-), NER customizes insurance products designed to secure client financing or backstop product warranties. By enabling capital efficiency, new technologies go more quickly from development to deployment and commercial scale with widespread customer adoption. NER-supported projects span a wide range of sectors and geographies, with over $2 billion in deployed capital. NER has a proven track record of delivering to clients The Power of Certainty®. www.newenergyrisk.com

Participating Supporter

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.   Together, America Prospers.


The FBI estimates billions of US dollars are lost to foreign competitors every year. Fortune 500 companies to local and regional business are at risk. Our Nation’s secrets are in jeopardy, the same secrets that make your company profitable. These foreign competitors deliberately target economic intelligence in advanced technologies and flourishing US industries. Economic espionage poses a significant threat to the Nation and the FBI has launched a campaign to educate the US workforce and industry leaders about it. The FBI collaborates with businesses, private sector, and academia to mitigate the economic espionage threat.

ICM, Inc. 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 and collectively produce 8.8 billion gallons of ethanol and 25 million tons of distillers grains annually.  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.

The International Alternative Fuel Technology Center at Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®) assists clients with developing and evaluating alternative fuels from source through production to real-world use. SwRI is a non-profit, independent research and development organization with 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 systems, pilot plants, demonstration 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.

Sulzer: Your industrialization partner for scaling-up bio-based processes.

We have been developing separation and purification processes for bio-based intermediate and products for more than 40 years with commercial successes in Bio-chemicals, Biofuels and Oleochemicals. We have the essential experience in selecting the most cost-effective process solution for challenging extraction, purification and separation tasks for our customers.

m2p-labs BioLector® microbioreactors provide online monitored micro fermentation technology for screening and bioprocess development, thus increasing the number of microbial experiments as well as the information content. The biotechnology, chemical, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry can conduct experiments (aerobic/microaerophilic/strict anaerobic) in a time- and cost-saving manner. The RoboLector® allows automated fermentation of the whole bioprocess.

DCI-Biolafitte leads the biotechnology equipment industry in the design and production of top-quality bioreactors and fermentors. From benchtop units to industrial-scale systems, DCI-Biolafitte benefits from the design and engineering expertise that comes from decades of being a trusted biotech solutions provider. We feature a wide variety of bioreactors, fermentors, retrofit, and custom-built biotech solutions.

At DCI-Biolafitte, we take a full-service approach to ensure we exceed your expectations from the initial quote through product installation and ongoing support.

We take pride in providing solutions for the Biofuel, Bioagriculture, Biotechnology, Biopharmaceutical, and Biochemical industries.