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Virent is Named Finalist in Energy Innovation Contest

A Wisconsin CAPCO program company could win $125,000.

Virent, a Madison company working on plant-based replacements for petroleum fuels and chemicals, is one of three finalists for an energy innovation contest.

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Virent Developing Environmentally Friendly Bottles for Coke

Check out some recent news on a Wisconsin CAPCO program company, Virent:

The go-to-market strategy for a Madison bioenergy firm is changing.

Virent, which dropped the word “Energy” from its corporate name several years ago, now sees Coca-Cola’s quest to make plastic bottles that contain no petroleum as its fastest path toward commercialization and cash flow.

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TomoTherapy Marks Five Years of Clinical Success

A Wisconsin CAPCO Program company, TomoTherapy, hosted a month long commemoration:

TomoTherapy Incorporated (NASDAQ: TOMO) recently commemorated the fifth anniversary of the first patient treatment on a clinical TomoTherapy® Hi·Art® system, which occurred July 1, 2003, at Thompson Cancer Survival Center in Knoxville, Tenn. The commemoration began in mid-June with the annual North America Hi·Art System Users Meeting and Symposium on Helical TomoTherapySM. It ended on July 12, 2008, with Radiate Hope, a fundraising event and celebration of cancer survivorship spearheaded by TomoTherapy employees, and sponsored by the company.

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FAA Awards Biofuels Contracts to Virent, WI CAPCO Company

Wisconsin CAPCO program company Virent was recently awarded biofuels contract by FAA:

Virent Inc. of Madison said Friday it is one of eight firms awarded contracts by the Federal Aviation Administration to develop plant-based jet fuels.

The FAA awarded $7.7 million in contracts, including the $1.5 million award to Virent, formerly known as Virent Energy Systems.
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Exceptional Jet Fuel Produced From High-Quality Cellulosic Sugars

Virent, a Wisconsin CAPCO program company, recently announced its success with Virdia on creating jet fuel from cellulosic pine tree sugars:

Virent and Virdia, formerly HCL CleanTech, announce the successful conversion of cellulosic pine tree sugars to drop-in hydrocarbon fuels within the BIRD Energy project, a joint program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Israeli Ministry of National Infrastructure and the BIRD Foundation. The project, which commenced in January 2011, successfully demonstrated that Virdia’s deconstruction process generated high-quality sugars from cellulosic biomass, which were converted to fuel via Virent’s BioForming® process.“The high-quality sugars generated from pine trees using Virdia’s process leveraged Virent’s conversion process, establishing a viable route to drop-in hydrocarbons from biomass.”

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Virent Selected to Help Coca-Cola Produce No-Petroleum bottles

Virent, a Wisconsin CAPCO program company, has recently partnered with Coca-Cola:

Biofuels technology developer Virent Inc. will shift from research and development mode to commercial production mode in the coming years, under a partnership with The Coca-Cola Co. announced Thursday.

The multi-million dollar agreement will help Virent move forward with plans to open a commercial plant by 2015, the Madison company said.
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Virent Lands 5 Patents Suppoting Coca-Cola, Chemicals Work

Check out the latest news from Virent, a Wisconsin CAPCO program portfolio company –

In Wisconsin, Virent announced the issuance of five new U.S. patents covering aspects of its catalytic BioForming platform. Three of the patents cover the production of various liquid fuels and chemicals related to its recent announced partnership with The Coca-Cola Company and its ongoing partnership with Royal Dutch Shell. The additional two patents are directed to the production of a range of other industrial chemicals and chemical intermediates using Virent’s BioForming process. These patents join the over 175 domestic and foreign issued and pending applications in Virent’s portfolio representing more than 25 different technology families.

How Virent Is Using Plants To Replace Oil

Fast Company interviewed Mary Tilton, VP of plant operations at Virent, a Wisconsin CAPCO program company.

Fast Company: How did the company get started?

Mary Tilton: The technology was first developed at the University of Wisconsin in Madison by our founder, Randy Cortright. Originally, we focused on hydrogen generation, and the company was founded to commercialize that technology. Sometime around 2005 we realized the catalytic processes we were using could be tailored to make hydrocarbon fuels. So our focus shifted and became looking into using sugars to make gasoline. That’s what we really concentrated on in 2008 when we embarked on the scale-up and decided to go to 10,000 gallons a year. We found we were very successful at taking standard sugar and converting it to gasoline. We demonstrated scalability in 2009, which was an important milestone.
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Best of Madison Business 2012: Poised to Break Through

Virent, a Wisconsin CAPCO program company, and its CEO Lee Edwards are highlighted in the Best of Madison Business winners list.  The winners included companies that have made discoveries that will change the way we live.

Virent: Lee Edwards, President & CEO

Scientists and inventors have been chasing this idea throughout history: making something out of nothing, or if not nothing at least something most of us don’t want or need. Virent’s breakthrough BioForming technology transforms soluble plant sugars from corn stover and pine tree materials into hydrocarbon molecules similar to those produced at a petroleum refinery.  Grass to gasoline, or something like that. The renewable hydrocarbons can be blended seamlessly to make gasoline, jet fuel and diesel.

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FAA Awards Biofuels Contracts to Virent, Competitors

Virent, a CAPCO program company located in Wisconsin, received a $1.5 million contract:

Virent Inc. of Madison said Friday it is one of eight firms awarded contracts by the Federal Aviation Administration to develop plant-based jet fuels.

The FAA awarded $7.7 million in contracts, including the $1.5 million award to Virent, formerly known as Virent Energy Systems.

The companies were selected to help the FAA develop alternative fuels known as “drop-in” biofuels that can be used without changing aircraft engine systems or fueling infrastructure.

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