Business Brief

By Staff | March 14, 2014

Canada funds biomass trade initiative
The Canadian government has awarded $250,000 funding through the Western Diversification Program to enable the Life Science Association of Manitoba to organize and deliver a targeted biomass trade initiative that will establish a brand for biomass products, expertise and raw material. LSAM will develop and produce an interactive pavilion and participate in international trade shows to maximize exposure and impact.

EERA elects new program coordinator
Juan Carrasco was elected as the new joint program coordinator of the European Energy Research Alliance Joint Program for Bioenergy. Carrasco, who is based at Ciemat in Spain, has extensive international experience in bioenergy research and development. He is currently scientific coordinator of the CEDER-Ciemat Biomass Program. Carrasco replaces Kai Sipilä of VTT Finland, who led the program since 2010.

ACORE appoints CEO
The American Council on Renewable Energy has appointed Michael Brower as president and CEO. Brower has served as the interim president and CEO since July. He has been an ACORE member since 2002, is a member of the board of directors and is a long-time leadership council member. He most recently served as senior federal policy director at Mosaic Federal Affairs, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hiscock and Barclay LLP. He is a retired career Navy officer and aviator who served in the Secretary of Navy’s personal office as special assistant for air warfare communicating United States Navy legislative policy to the Congress for three Secretaries of the Navy.

Reverdia appoints president
Reverdia has appointed Marcel Lubben as president. Reverdia is a joint venture between Royal DSM and Roquette Frères for sustainable succinic acid. Lubben will report to the Reverdia board and is responsible for developing and managing the company into the next phase of growth. He replaces Will van den Tweel, general manager, who led the company’s start-up. Lubben joined DSM in 1994 and has held positions in research, business development, and marketing and sales in DSM Pharma Chemicals and DSM Biologics. In 2009, he was appointed managing director of licensing for DSM and became managing director of venturing and licensing in 2011. In 2012, he was promoted to vice president of biobased chemicals and materials. He served on the board of Reverdia from mid-2012 through the end of 2013.

Vermont Wood Pellet makes leadership change
Vermont Wood Pellet Co. has announced that co-founder and CEO Chris Brooks will be stepping into the dual role of president and CEO. Brooks’ co-founder Katie Ewald Adams will move into a more strategic role as chief marketing officer. Adams will remain active in promoting the VWP brand. When VWP prepared to open its facility in 2009, the two partners set a goal of producing 10,000 tons of wood pellets per year. Now in the fourth year of operation, they have nearly doubled that goal and are exploring the construction of a second mill.

Michelin, Tereos form partnership
To strengthen the upstream phases of the BioButterfly biosourced butadiene production project, Michelin and Tereos have signed a partnership agreement pertaining to the industrial transformation of agricultural raw materials. The two companies will pool their skills and capabilities to jointly develop innovative biomass transformation processes capable of supplying the alcohol required by the BioButterfly project at industrial scale. Michelin’s BioButterfly project aims to develop a green alternative for tires.

Deinove announces license agreement
Deinove has announced the signing of a license option agreement with Génoplante Valor via INRA Transfert, a research enhancement subsidiary of the French National Institute in Agronomic Research, that will cover the improvement of isoprenoid biosynthetic pathways. The company will implement the technology in the Deinochem program to strengthen the Deinococcus bacterium’s capacity to produce chemicals from biobased raw materials.