I just returned home from the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., where I picked up an award on behalf of Novozymes. This year, we ranked third on Biofuel Digest’s “50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy” list, our highest ranking to date. The list recognizes innovation and achievement in fuels and bio-based chemicals.

Novozymes appreciates this recognition from Biofuels Digest and the industry – it means we are on the right track in delivering more innovation to our bioenergy customers and we are encouraged by the enthusiasm at events such as the ABLC. We are proud to accept the award from Jim and Biofuels Digest, not least since this is also a testament to the commitment of our partners and the strength of our strategic relationships that have enabled us to progress in a challenged market.

With our two new products Avantec Amp and Liquozyme LpH, we’re helping corn ethanol producers gain yield and save costs. In the biomass space, we see major progress of our partners Beta Renewables, Poet, Raízen and GranBio in the commissioning of their plants and are thrilled to see further breakthroughs over the coming months. As production ramps up, it is exciting to see our customized Cellic® products in action, as they help optimize our customers’ processes and lower total ethanol production costs. We also continue to be deeply involved in global forums to help deliver more bioenergy to the world via the UN’s Sustainable Energy For All and Sustainable Business Development Goals. But, there’s more work to be done. We look forward to pushing new boundaries with our partners and the industry in 2016.

Rankings were based on a combination of votes from registered subscribers of Biofuels Digest and an invited panel of distinguished international selectors. More than 200,000 votes were received from subscribers who selected from over 1,000 eligible companies. Invited selectors included equity analysts, investors, journalists, CEOs, and industry executives in 20 countries who considered over 300 pages of data on eligible companies when making their selections

“Hot” and influential

In addition to taking a top slot on the “Hot 50” list, Novozymes’ CEO Peder Holk Nielsen was recognized as the 8th most influential person on the Biofuels Digest “Top 100 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy” list for 2016—up from the 29th ranking in 2015.

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Michael Burns

Head of Biomass Conversion Business Development, North America at Novozymes
I am responsible for developing Novozymes’ biomass conversion business in North America.Our biotechnology platform enables our partners to turn agricultural-, municipal- or industrial waste into high valuable products such as Bioenergy and Biochemicals. We believe in a future where integrated biorefineries in clusters will produce a vast amount of the world’s Fuel, Food, Feed, Chemical and Electricity needs.