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Todd Werpy Joins ADM as Vice President, Biofuels & Biochemical Research


Todd A. Werpy joins Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) in the newly created position of vice president, biofuels & biochemical research.

Werpy comes to ADM from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, one of the DOE’s nine multi-program national laboratories, where he has served as relationship manager since 2005.

As vice president, biofuels & biochemical research, Werpy will be responsible for leading ADM’s new research into second generation biofuels and biochemicals. He will report to Tom Binder, president, Research.

“Todd Werpy brings additional expertise to our BioEnergy research and development team,” said ADM vice president and chief technology officer Michael Pacheco. “He has exceptional knowledge of developing technologies for the conversion of renewable feedstocks to value-added chemicals, including biofuels, gasification, enzymes and fermentation. We are confident he will make a strong addition to our team.”

As relationship manager at the Northwest National Laboratory, Werpy coordinated the DOE’s relationships with the Office of Biomass Programs and various industry clients, as well as leading the development of proposals and acquisition of funding for the biobased products program.

From 1998-2005, he served as 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 1995-1998, Werpy served as director, research and business development for the National Corn Growers Association where he developed the organization’s research and business development strategy. In this role, he worked with the DOE to establish the first formal program in renewable chemicals from alternative feedstocks.

Werpy also served as 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.

Werpy received a Ph.D. in chemistry from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Southwest State University.


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