Category: Thought Leadership

World Energy and Valero Lead Rebound in Biofuels M&A: 2018 Review

World Energy and Valero Lead Rebound in Biofuels M&A: 2018 Review

January 21, 2019 |

by Bruce Comer, Founder and Managing Director, Ocean Park Special to The Digest Convergence reigns as the North American biofuels industry witnesses a resurgence in mergers and acquisitions, including exceptionally large deals Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in biofuels picked up considerably in 2018 after a slowdown in 2017, and by historic standards, the deals […]

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Sustainable plastics – If we want a sustainable future, it will be driven by companies

Sustainable plastics – If we want a sustainable future, it will be driven by companies

January 16, 2019 |

By Tomi Nyman, Principal at Pöyry Special to The Digest It seems like there is a never-ending deluge of negativity about plastics in the media. Yet for all the valid and important points being made about the environmental impacts of plastics, the most important question is all too often missed: can plastics be replaced? Ending […]

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2019: We Need An All-In Climate Strategy

2019: We Need An All-In Climate Strategy

January 14, 2019 |

By Seth Ginther, Executive Director, U.S. Industrial Pellets Association (USIPA) Special to The Digest 2019 kicks off with a renewed focus on climate and the environment. The end of 2018 saw alarming reports on climate from both the United Nations and the U.S. government, as well as a renewed focus following the COP24 negotiations in […]

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Scale-Up From the Microbes Perspective

Scale-Up From the Microbes Perspective

January 8, 2019 |

By Mark Warner, PE, Founder, Warner Advisors LLC Special to The Digest On a biotechnology project years ago, one of the team members responsible for biological advancement referred to themselves as the microbial organisms “shop steward”, a reference to union representation.  While it was somewhat in jest, it did imply that to get the most […]

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State of the Bioeconomy

State of the Bioeconomy

January 3, 2019 |

By Wayne Lee, CEO of Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc., and Mark J. Riedy, Partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP At present, the bioeconomy continues to attract debt and equity interest. VCs, Private Equity Groups and Strategic Partners are providing equity at the technology holding company level in the form of private placements to develop […]

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Production Off Take Agreements

Production Off Take Agreements

December 27, 2018 |

By Jess Hewitt, Member of Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. Special to The Digest No matter how widely known your product is, it always seems that banks and investors fear that you will not be able to sell your product – to anyone. This may seem preposterous if you intend to make what we call a commodity […]

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Hedging Ethanol Production

Hedging Ethanol Production

December 26, 2018 |

By Robert Boslego, Member of Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. Special to The Digest Ethanol accounts for around ninety-four percent of the renewable fuel market in the United States. Average daily production and consumption is over one million barrels per day. This represents more than ten percent of the U.S. gasoline market, the largest in the world. […]

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Waste Accumulation Problems and Opportunities

Waste Accumulation Problems and Opportunities

December 24, 2018 |

Waste Accumulation Problems and Opportunities By Zoltan Kish, Ph.D., Member of Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. Special to The Digest   An incredible amount of waste is produced in Canada and around the world. We are killing our planet by dumping 2.12 billion tons of garbage every year and polluting the oceans, land, and air [1]. Consequently, […]

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Technical Due Diligence Early and Often: The Best Insurance For Bioeconomy Investors

Technical Due Diligence Early and Often: The Best Insurance For Bioeconomy Investors

December 20, 2018 |

By Lorenz Bauer, PhD., Member of Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. Special to The Digest Many bioeconomy investors, while experienced with careful evaluation of marketing, supply chain, and legal aspects of due diligence, may be less familiar with scientific and technical evaluation of new technologies. Often only a cursory analysis is performed before making investment decisions. Appropriate […]

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New Year, New Farm Bill: BIO Celebrates Legislation’s Role in Strengthening America’s Bio-based Economy

New Year, New Farm Bill: BIO Celebrates Legislation’s Role in Strengthening America’s Bio-based Economy

December 13, 2018 |

By Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President; Head, Industrial & Environmental Section, Biotechnology Innovation Organization Special to The Digest As we move closer to celebrating the end of 2018, Congress has given those working in America’s bio-based and agricultural sectors a reason to celebrate early. The 2018 Farm Bill has passed both chambers of Congress, with […]

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