Jeff Broin receives George Washington Carver Award
MONTREAL – POET CEO Jeff Broin today received the George Washington Carver Award at a ceremony at the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in Montreal.
The Carver Award recognizes “significant contributions by individuals in the field of industrial biotechnology and its application in biological engineering, environmental science, biorefining, and biobased products.”
“I am very humbled by this award. George Washington Carver was an historic leader in finding new potential in agricultural products to meet the world’s needs,” Broin said. “That’s what we strive to do each day at POET, whether it’s producing biofuel from starch and cellulose or finding new or better ways to produce co-products such as distillers grain, corn oil, fiber, liquefied CO2 and more. I believe agriculture is the key to solving many of our world’s challenges.”
“Jeff Broin is one of the great innovators and entrepreneurs in the industrial biotechnology sector,” said Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section. “He ranks among the most influential leaders in agriculture as well. Biofuels have created new markets for agricultural products and rejuvenated rural America. Jeff Broin has positioned POET at the forefront of developing cellulosic ethanol and improving the economics of biofuel production.”
As CEO of POET, Jeff Broin built the company from a 1 million gallon-per-year facility in 1987 into the largest biofuels producer in the world today, with 1.8 billion gallons of annual fuel production and 10 billion pounds of high-protein animal feed, among other products.
In 1987, Broin and his family purchased a foreclosed ethanol plant in Scotland, SD where Broin served as the plant’s General Manager. The facility quickly became a success which led to the development of dozens of production plants and the formation of several business entities that allow POET to operate a vertically integrated business system. The business entities include project development, design and construction, plant management, research and development, ethanol marketing and distillers grain marketing.
POET has also partnered with Royal DSM in a joint venture to commercialize and license cellulosic bio-ethanol at Project LIBERTY in Emmetsburg, Iowa. This project added one of the first cellulose plants in the world that converts corn waste products into fuel while exporting energy to an existing POET grain-based facility.
Broin has taken the initiative to actively promote renewable fuels by serving on several boards of directors and committees including his current role as Co-Chairman of Growth Energy.
Broin is also strongly involved in charitable efforts outside the renewable fuels industry. His family recently formed Seeds of Change which is a non-profit foundation that supports Mission Greenfield, a project which spreads agriculture technology throughout Africa, and Mission Greenhouse, a multi-year project to grow a school for disadvantaged girls in Kenya, Africa.
He also supports several other philanthropic projects in Africa and the United States with the goal of “teaching a man to fish.”
He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Agricultural Business. His family includes his wife Tammie and their three children, Alyssa, Miranda and Austin
POET has always placed a high priority on research, from the laboratories at its headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD to its pilot plant/research facility in Scotland, SD to its commercial-scale demonstration cellulosic biofuel plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa as part of POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels. This focus has led to industry-leading technology such as BPX (POET’s proprietary no-cook production process), total water recovery technology, unique corn oil and distillers grains products, cellulosic biofuel development and more.
Past Carver Award recipients
Dr. J. Craig Venter, Co-Founder of Synthetic Genomics and Executive Chairman of Human Longevity
Jonathan Wolfson, CEO & Co-Founder, Solazyme
Ellen Kullman, CEO & Chair of the Board, DuPont
Dr. Jay Keasling, Hubbard Howe Jr., Distinguished Professor of Biochemical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley
Steen Riisgaard, President and CEO of Novozymes
Feike Sijbesma, CEO, DSM
Dr. Greg Stephanopoulos, Professor of Chemical Engineering, MIT
Charles O. Holliday, Jr., CEO & Chair of the Board, DuPont
Patrick Gruber, CEO, Gevo, Inc
POET, the world’s largest biofuels producer, is a leader in biorefining through its efficient, vertically integrated approach to production. The 30-year-old company has a network of 27 production facilities. POET, through its joint venture with DSM, also operates a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa. For more information, visit www.poet.com.
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