Werpy to v.p. of biofuels, biochemical research at ADM

by Eric Schroeder
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DECATUR, ILL. — Archer Daniels Midland Co. named Todd A. Werpy to the newly created position of vice-president, biofuels and biochemical research. He will be responsible for leading ADM’s new research into second generation biofuels and biochemicals.

Mr. Werpy joins ADM from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (D.O.E.) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, one of the D.O.E.’s nine multi-program national laboratories, where he has been relationship manager since 2005.

From 1998 to 2005, he was senior program manager where he directed and managed all research programs in the biobased products area. He is the co-author of several patents in the area of chemical conversion for creating value-added products from renewable resources.

From 1995 to 1998, he was director, research and business development, for the National Corn Growers Association. In this role, he worked with the D.O.E. to establish the first formal program in renewable chemicals from alternative feedstocks.

Earlier, Mr. Werpy was a senior research scientist at Michigan Biotechnology Institute where he worked with a team of scientists and engineers to develop new processes for converting biomass.

"He has exceptional knowledge of developing technologies for the conversion of renewable feedstocks to value-added chemicals, including biofuels, gasification, enzymes and fermentation," said Michael Pacheco, vice-president and chief technology officer.

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