Virent named to Red Herring North America 100

Virent Energy Systems Inc. was one of only six cleantech/energy companies chosen to receive the Red Herring North America 100 award for 2008. Winners were chosen by the editors of Red Herring on the basis of technology innovation, quality of management, breadth of partners and customers, and depth of financial backing. The Madison, Wis.-based company specializes in producing fuel from biomass-derived feedstocks by using its own patented aqueous-phase reforming process, called Bioforming. The company is in the second year of a five-year collaborative effort with Shell to produce biogasoline from plant sugars using that process.