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Borregaard LignoTech logo.

Borregaard has one of the world's most advanced and sustainable biorefineries. By using natural, sustainable raw materials, Borregaard produces advanced and environmentally friendly biochemicals, biomaterials and bioethanol that can replace oil-based products. Borregaard also holds strong positions in ingredients and fine chemicals.

Cargill logo.

Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, Cargill's privately held company employs 142,000 people in 65 countries.

DuPont logo.

For more than 200 years, DuPont has brought world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace through innovative products, materials and services. DuPont's market-driven innovation introduces thousands of new products and patent applications every year, serving markets as diverse as agriculture, nutrition, electronics and communications, safety and protection, home and construction, transportation and apparel.

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Elanco is a global animal health company. But ultimately, people benefit from Elanco’s work. That’s reflected in the vision shared by Elanco’s more than 2,500 employees: Food and companionship enriching life.

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ExxonMobil is the world’s largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, and holds an industry-leading inventory of global oil and gas resources. It is the world’s largest refiner and marketer of petroleum products, and its chemical company ranks among the world’s largest. ExxonMobil is also a technology company, applying science and innovation to find better, safer and cleaner ways to deliver the energy the world needs.

Forage Genetics International is the union of industry-leading forage companies whose history of alfalfa innovations dates back to the 1950s. Brought together in 1991, they've leveraged their collective strength to advance the forage industry and meet the needs of a diverse and growing world. Their breeding expertise combined with their proprietary germplasm base and global reach allows them to develop unique seed varieties for diverse growing conditions, making Forage Genetics the world leader in value-added genetics. They provide not only the seed in the bag, but the expertise, research and technology that help growers succeed.

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General Motors is passionate about designing, building and selling the world's best vehicles. GM continues to develop innovative technologies to shape the future of the automotive industry.

GlucanBio was founded in 2012, based on technology developed from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) at Iowa State. Our primary purpose is to produce furan derivatives from biomass with cost and performance advantages. The market opportunity is strong and relevant, not only for furfural, but also for HMF, DMF, THF and FDCA.Our team offers best-in-field expertise in catalysis, IP management, engineering scale-up, and early stage commercialization. Engaging great minds like Jim Dumesic, a world-renowned catalytic chemist, and Brent Shanks, a highly acclaimed principal in the industry, gives us an advantage in hurdling technical roadblocks.

Hyrax Energy, Inc. is a private company dedicated to enabling a bio-based economy. The company's ionic liquids platform combines hydrolysis chemistry developed at the University of Wisconsin with a separations technology developed by the company that recycles the ionic liquid very efficiently. The process performs at high yields starting from forestry residues, corn stover or dedicated energy crops and produces clean, concentrated fermentable sugar and intact, pure lignin products that can be converted into innumerable chemicals, materials and drop-in fuels. Hyrax is the first company to emerge from the Department of Energy funded Great Lakes BioEnergy Research Center (GLBRC) and has licensed technology from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF).

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Established in the 1970s, Iogen Corporation has become one of Canada's leading biotechnology firms. Iogen is a world leader in technology to produce cellulosic ethanol, a fully renewable, advanced biofuel that can be used in today's cars.


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MBI partners with both universities and end-user companies to bridge the gap between early innovations and commercial applications. MBI’s focus is in the area of Industrial or White Biotechnology, which refers to the production of fuels, chemicals, polymers, proteins and other materials from renewable resources.

Michigan State University (MSU) BioEconomy Network logo.

The Michigan State University (MSU) BioEconomy Network is charged with coordinating MSU's efforts to promote Michigan's bioeconomy. Those growing efforts include research, policy and economic analysis, education, corporate and government collaborations, and commercialization.

MillerCoors is passionate about the beer business. The company brews, markets and sells the MillerCoors portfolio of brands in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and is the second-largest beer company in America, capturing nearly 30 percent of U.S. beer sales. MillerCoors operates eight major breweries in the U.S., as well as the Leinenkugel’s craft brewery in Chippewa Falls, WI, and two microbreweries, the 10th Street Brewery in Milwaukee and the Blue Moon Brewing Company at Coors Field in Denver.

Novozymes is a biotech company with a strong focus on enzyme production. They are committed to changing the very foundations of their industrial system for the better by using industrial biotechnology. As the world leader in bioinnovation they believe that by using industrial biotechnology they can potentially re-engineer thousands of everyday products to deliver enhanced sustainability performance, introducing energy cost savings, and decreased raw material costs for their customers

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The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) serves the University of Wisconsin-Madison scientific community by patenting the discoveries of UW-Madison researchers and licensing these technologies to leading companies in Wisconsin, the United States and worldwide. In this way, WARF also facilitates the use of UW-Madison research for the maximum benefit of society.

The Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) supports the energy-related research of more than 100 faculty and scientists on the UW-Madison campus. The Institute seeks to discover and deploy innovative energy technologies and public policy solutions; to provide a public forum in which to learn about and discuss energy challenges; to educate future energy leaders; and to engage industry in high-impact research collaborations. WEI is committed to bringing about real world, game-changing innovations that will help grow Wisconsin’s economy by developing technologies that offer new competitive advantages and products for a number of multi-billion dollar Wisconsin industries.