BESC Industry Affiliate Program

The BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) has among its goals the effective, coordinated commercialization of appropriate technologies through formation of start-up ventures as well as licensing to corporate entities pursuing biofuels development. The effective translation of BESC research results into applications testing and potential deployment is an implicit part of reaching the Department of Energy's bioenergy goals.

Toward this end, BESC offers companies and universities the opportunity to become BESC Affiliates and receive the following benefits:

  • An invitation to participate in all bioenergy-related training, summer courses, symposia, and seminars hosted by or connected with BESC.
  • Notification of all publications resulting from BESC-sponsored research, as well as timely information about BESC news.
  • Invitations to periodic technical conferences for Affiliates.
  • Visibility and recognition as a BESC Affiliate.
  • Opportunities to host student interns or sponsor postdoctoral researchers at BESC labs and universities.

Meet Our Affiliates

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The purpose of DSM is to create brighter lives for people today and generations to come. DSM is now driving advances in alternative and renewable energy, such as pioneering the development of biomass-based chemicals and materials. We are involved in wind and solar power, the creation of second-generation biofuels, and the production of lighter, more fuel-efficient cars, planes, and trains. We are also combining our knowledge in the area of materials with advances in health and nutrition.

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In a world challenged by growing population, diminishing resources, and climate change, FuturaGene's technologies address critical challenges of plant yield enhancement and yield protection. We harness biotechnology to ensure the security and sustainability of fiber, fuel, and feed. We believe that the key to sustainable agriculture lies in continuous improvement and protection of yield and processability of crops, thus maximizing output, whilst minimizing all inputs such as land, water, and fertilizer.

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Elanco is a global, innovation-driven company that develops and markets products to improve animal health and protein production in more than 75 countries. Elanco is a division of Eli Lilly and Company, a leading global pharmaceutical corporation. Elanco is committed to protein production, companion animal health, and food safety. Elanco products help the food industry produce an abundant supply of safe, nutritious, and affordable food. Additionally, they enhance animal health, wellness, and the human-pet bond. Elanco Companion Animal Health is leading the way in pet medicine, helping pets live longer, healthier, happier lives. Elanco Food Solutions markets food-safety products and services to the food animal industry.

Genera Energy

Genera Energy

Genera Energy LLC is one of the nation's leaders in clean, domestic renewable energy creation and implementation—powering our future with nature’s resources while creating new economic opportunities for our nation's farmers and rural communities.

How to Become an Affiliate

Contact Renae Speck, manager of BESC Technology Transfer and Partnerships, at 865-576-4680, or