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Renewable Materials Summit: Markets for Building the Biorefinery

The BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota


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Registration: 8:00 am - 8:30 am
Program: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Event Description

Growing demand and advancing technology in the Renewable Materials industry has created exciting opportunities for businesses to grow across the Upper Midwest and Canada, from agriculture and forest products through manufacturing and retail.

The Renewable Materials Summit: Markets for Building the Biorefinery will highlight and explore the companies and markets that are driving opportunities for returns on investment that leverage the emerging bioeconomy.

View the agenda (PDF). Please note, a continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Register by May 8th to receive Early-Bird Conference pricing of $75. View the Save the Date (PDF).

The following topics will be covered:

  1. The State of the Renewable Materials Industry: Strategies for Growth
  2. The Market for Renewable Materials: Consumer Perspectives
  3. Market Demand, Emerging Technologies, and Global Drivers
  4. ''Building the Biorefinery''
    1. Biochemicals Industry Development
    2. Partnerships with Biofuels and Forest Products Industries
  5. Biofiber Supply Chain Development
  6. Developing Partnerships Across the Great Plains

Please contact Tim Welle at (952) 746-3845 if you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the Renewable Materials Summit: Markets for Building the Biorefinery. Sponsorship Information (PDF)

The venue for this year's conference is the Holiday Inn of Fargo. Please call them directly at 701-282-2700 if you require hotel accomodations.

Many thanks to our sponsors.
Founding Sponsor: Life Science Association of Manitoba.
Premium Sponsors: Fredrikson and Byron, Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, North Dakota Corn Council.
Supporting Sponsors: Aspen Research Corporation, Clean Tech Open, Consulate General of Canada in Minneapolis, FlaxStalk, Great River Energy, GVL Poly, Greater Fargo-Moorhead Economic Development Corporation, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, MCG Biocomposites LLC, Minnesota Business First Stop, Minnesota Corn Growers Association, NatureWorks LLC, North Dakota Department of Commerce, North Dakota Ethanol Council, North Dakota Soybean Council, Mechanical Engineering Department of North Dakota State University, Red River Valley Research Corridor.


Steve French, Managing Partner, Natural Marketing Institute; Richard Burnton, CEO / President, Aspen Research Corporation; Sergey Selifonov, Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Reluceo, Inc. and XLTerra; Olga Selifonova, CEO & Founder, Reluceo, Inc. and XLTerra; Joe Hogue, Manager of New Business Development, SWM International; John Carpenter, BastLab LLC; Bruce Gjovig, Entrepreneur Coach & CEO, Center for Innovation, University of North Dakota; David Kolsrud, The Funding Farm; Steve Davies, Director of Marketing and Public Affairs, NatureWorks LLC; Thomas Creal, CEO, Chopper College; Cora Leibig, Vice President of Research & Development, SEGETIS, Inc.; Jeff Ackerson, President & CEO, Vector Windows; Jasper Schneider, Rural Development, United States Department of Agriculture; Curtis Rempel, Ph.D., MBA, Director, Richardson Centre for Functional Foods, University of Manitoba; Laura Martin, Ph.D., Product Development Director, POET biomass; Shri Ramaswamy, Ph.D., Chair, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering Dept, University of Minnesota; Jeff Zueger, General Manager, Blue Flint Ethanol; Kevin Triemstra, Founder/CEO, Minneapolis Biomass Exchange

Steve French is Managing Partner at NMI, a leading strategic marketing consultancy and market research firm specializing in health and wellness, including a focus (more)

Richard Burnton is a principal of Aspen Research Corporation, and is the Chief Executive Officer, Treasurer, and a director of the Company. Mr. Burnton has over (more)

Sergey Selifonov is the President and Chief Technology Officer at Reluceo, Inc. and XLTerra, Inc. Sergey is a serial entrepreneur, who prior to Reluceo and XLTerra (more)

Olga Selifonova is the CEO and Founder of Reluceo, Inc. and XLTerra, Inc. Reluceo and XLTerra are dedicated to the discovery and development of sustainable (more)

Joe Hogue is the Manager of New Business Development for SWM INTL. In this position, he is expecting to advance fibre processing technology to improve fibre (more)

John Carpenter is a finance and strategy professional with past experience working for the Tunisian Government, BFGoodrich, Noveon (a specialty chemical company), (more)

Bruce Gjovig is Entrepreneur Coach and founding director of the University of North Dakota Center for Innovation, a program focused on innovation, entrepreneurship (more)

David Kolsrud has 15 years of proven experience in renewable energy industries and has helped develop, organize, and fund projects exceeding a billion dollars. (more)

Steve Davies leads communications & public affairs globally for NatureWorks LLC, a company formed with the unique mission of bringing to market a broad family (more)

Thomas Creal has led initiatives in the motorcycle industry by applying sustainable products such as E85 and bio-fiber. He believes that pairing new (more)

Cora Leibig leads innovative technology platform development at Segetis. Prior to joining Segetis in 2008, Leibig spent more than a decade with The Dow Chemical (more)

Jeff Ackerson is currently the President & CEO of Vector Windows based in Fergus Falls, MN. He has a Bachelor's of Science in Mechanical Engineering from NDSU (more)

Jasper Schneider is a successful entrepreneur, small business owner and public servant, and is committed to growing future opportunity in North Dakota. (more)

Curtis Rempel, Ph.D., MBA was raised on a farm specializing in dairy and special crops in southeastern Manitoba and currently produces corn, soy and oats on the family farm. (more)

Laura Martin, Ph.D. is a Product Development Director in the Science and Technology group at POET. She obtained her PhD in polymer chemistry from the University of (more)

Shri Ramaswamy, Ph.D. is professor and head of the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering and also a graduate faculty in the Department of Mechanical (more)

Jeff Zueger - Bio coming soon.

Kevin Triemstra is Founder and CEO of the Minneapolis Biomass Exchange, a ''cleanweb'' solution at the intersection of cleantech and IT. The Minneapolis Biomass (more)


The following topics will be addressed:

  • Renewable Materials Market Development


Holiday Inn of Fargo
3803 13th Avenue South
Fargo, ND 58102

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