Member Summit 2015 - Making Renewable Remarkable

Robert J. Kumpf, PhD, Chief Technology Officer, Elevance Renewable Sciences

Agile and growth are two words that are not typically applied to the chemical industry but that is changing. Particularily in North America, the chemical industry is healthy and investing in plants, equipment, and R&D. Agility comes in the form of responding to opportunites for new raw materials and inceasingly informed decisions by consumers.

Both of these trends come together in bio-based materials. Breakthroughs in catalysis and processing technologies allow the industry to convert biological raw materials (plants, microorganisms, waste) into speciality chemicals and materials. These materials are in demand when they embody two important characterisics: bio-based and compelling performance attributes.

Elevance Renewable Sciences has been deeply involved at these intersections. Headquartered in Woodridge, Illinois, USA, Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc. is a high-growth specialty chemical company that creates novel specialty chemicals that perform better from renewable feed stocks, making the products that industry and consumers use every day better. Although only 7 years old, Elevance has designed, built and started a bio-refinery and then commercialized 5 products across 3 different markets in less than 24 months.

The presentation and discussion will focus on the Elevance approach to reducing barriers-to-entry for processes and products as well as our leveraging of innovation processes, external partnerships (Open Innovation), and analytics to remain agile as we grow our business.