Category: Biofuel Techs

GreenFuel Technologies Corporation

GreenFuel Technologies Corporation

735 Concord Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

T: 617.234.0077

History
Founded in 2001, GreenFuel profitably recycles carbon dioxide from flue gases to produce biofuels and feed. Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, GreenFuel is a privately held venture-backed firm.

Executive Team

  • Bob Metcalfe, Ph.D., Interim CEO
  • Cary Bullock, Vice President, Business Development
  • Holly Flesh, Vice President, Business Operations
  • Wayne Hopkins, Vice President, Engineering & Project Delivery
  • Jonathan Levitt, General Counsel, Outside GC

Board of Directors

  • Jennifer Fonstad, Chair, Board of Directors; Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
  • Cary Bullock, Vice President, Business Development
  • Bob Metcalfe, Ph.D., Interim CEO; Founder, 3Com; Partner, Polaris Venture Partners
  • Peter L. Thoren, Executive Vice President, Access Industries
  • Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University

Principal Investors

  • Access Private Equity
  • Draper Fisher Jurvetson
  • Polaris Venture Partners

Scientific Advisory Board

  • Isaac Berzin, Ph.D., Founder, GreenFuel

What does GreenFuel do?

GreenFuel uses a portfolio of technologies to profitably recycle CO2 from smokestack, fermentation, and geothermal gases via naturally occurring species of algae. Algae can be converted to transportation fuels and feed ingredients or recycled back to a combustion source as biomass for power generation.

 

Codexis

Codexis

Codexis, Inc.
200 Penobscot Drive
Redwood City, CA 94063

Tel: 1.650.421.8100
Fax: 1.650.421.8102
Email: info@codexis.com

About

Codexis is a leading developer of biocatalytic chemical processes that can dramatically reduce manufacturing costs across a broad range of industries. Their proprietary technology enables novel solutions for cost-effective, efficient and environmentally sound production of pharmaceuticals, transportation fuels, and industrial chemicals. The focus for Codexis is on improving R&D productivity for our partners while significantly reducing their capital expenditures and cost-of-goods using green chemistry methods.

2007

Codexis Highlights

    Extended Shell biofuels collaboration to broad, 5 year program
    Codexis Laboratories Singapore opened
    Acquisition of BioCatalytics
    Collaboration signed with Merck
    Important research results published in Nature Biotechnology
    Codex™ Biocatalyst Panels Introduced
    Shell collaboration in biofuels
    Direct sale of generic pharmaceutical intermediates begun
    Collaboration signed with Schering-Plough
    U.S. EPA’s Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award

2005

   
    Collaborations signed with Bristol-Myers Squibb, Arch
    European expansion with acquisition of Jülich Fine Chemicals, Germany

2004

   
    Collaborations signed with Pfizer, Teva, Lonza

2003

   
    Collaborations signed with Sandoz, Cargill

2002

   
  Codexis incorporated, launches operations

Technology

Codexis evolves enzymes for use in improving chemical manufacturing processes. Enzymes exist throughout nature and some have been used as biocatalysts to enable new, more efficient manufacturing processes, ranging from the manufacture of antibiotics to the production of monomers for use in plastics. Compared with chemical processing methods, enzyme-based methods are often faster, cleaner, and more efficient. Enzymes are highly selective catalysts, creating products of exceptional purity. The difficulty is that it is not always possible to find enzymes in nature that are suited to catalyzing a specific chemical reaction. That’s where Codexis’ proprietary technology comes in.

Green Chemistry

Over the last few years a lot of attention has been paid to Green Chemistry and its potential for helping to protect the environment and support sustainable industrial processes. More recently, it has become evident that in addition to improving the environmental footprint of products and processes, green chemistry can help chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturers improve the efficiency and reduce the cost of production. In other words, green chemistry is not only good for the environment, it’s good for business.

Gevo – Next Generation Biofuels

Gevo – Next Generation Biofuels

345 Inverness Drive South, Building C, Suite 310
Englewood, CO 80112
Telephone:(303) 858-8358

About

Gevo’s  team of biofuel experts is developing the next generation of biofuels that will provide a sustainable path to the replacement of petrochemicals like gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.

Advanced biofuels, which include butanol, isobutanol and other alcohol systems will:

  • Deliver the performance of gasoline without the environmental impact
  • Help to eliminate supply scarcity and reduce our dependency on foreign oil
  • Reduce greenhouse gases and dirty emissions

Making Renewable Fuels An Affordable Reality

 

Advanced biofuels like isobutanol and butanol can also address many challenges that first-generation biofuels such as ethanol have faced on their path to market: energy efficiency, transport and the need to modify existing engines. In contrast, butanol:

  • Has a higher energy content per gallon than many first generation biofuels
  • Does not absorb water and can be transported through the existing oil and gas distribution infrastructure.
  • Can be used in gas-powered vehicles without modification or blending, which eliminates our dependency on fossil fuels.

Management

  • Chief Executive Officer – Pat Gruber, PhD, MBA
  • Co-founder, Vice President & Chief Scientific Officer – Matthew W. Peters, PhD
  • Co-founder & Director of Research – Peter Meinhold, PhD

  • VP of Bioprocessing & Engineering – David Glassner, PhD

  • Director, Analytical and Process Analytical Chemistry – Jim Wade, PhD

  • VP of Business Development – Tom Dries, MBA

  • General Counsel – Brett Lund, JD, MBA

  • Director of Fermentation Development & Quantitative Physiology – Aristos Aristidou, PhD

Partners and Investors

Virgin Green Fund

“Through Virgin Fuels, we look for investments in companies–such as Gevo–that will help to significantly reduce net greenhouse gas emissions, improve management of scarce resources, and have a long-term positive impact on our society.” – Virgin founder, Richard Branson

Founded by Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Green Fund was established to invest up to $400 million in U.S. and European companies in the renewable energy and resource efficiency sectors whose goals are to:

  • Reduce net greenhouse gas emissions and/or improving management of scarce resources,
  • Operate in environmentally and economically sustainable markets, and
  • Have a long-term positive impact on their communities and society more broadly

Khosla Ventures

“I think Gevo’s got fantastic scientific founders, great technology and a lot of very strong intellectual property. I think with our support and the support of Richard Branson of Virgin, it’ll be pretty exciting.” – Samir Kaul, General Partner at Khosla Ventures

Vinod Khosla, who was recently named the #1 Venture Capitalist by Forbes and Fortune, founded Khosla Ventures to offer venture assistance, strategic advice and capital to entrepreneurs. The firm helps entrepreneurs extend the potential of their ideas in both traditional venture areas like the Internet, computing, mobile, and silicon technology arenas, but also supports breakthrough scientific work in clean technology areas such as bio-refineries for energy and bioplastics, solar, battery and other environmentally friendly technologies.