Advanced Biobased Systems Workshop to explore growing industry of biobased products

August 9, 2018 Ohio Soybean Council

The Advanced Biobased Systems Workshop: Pipeline to Commercialization will bring together leaders in industry and research to explore the development and commercialization of biobased fuels and products.

The workshop, a collaboration between The Ohio State University (OSU) and the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC), will be held September 10 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on OSU’s Columbus campus, with a networking farm tour and barbecue on September 9. Keynote speaker Roger Wyse, a managing partner with Spruce Capital Partners, will discuss the investment community’s perspective in funding biobased technologies.

President of FDC Enterprises, Fred Circle, will speak about managing perennial grasses for energy production. Richard Fitzpatrick with Kreussler, Inc., and Mike Feazel with Roof Maxx Technologies will share their experience with the practical aspects of commercializing biobased products. Barry McGraw, director of product development and commercialization for the Ohio Soybean Council, and Ram Lalgudi, a senior research scientist at Battelle, will share their views on how to successfully develop biobased products. The workshop will conclude with Patrick Heist, co-owner of Ferm Solutions and the Wilderness Trail Distillery, who will share his story of commercializing microbial products for fuels and beverages.

Registration includes a continental breakfast and lunch, and the Sunday networking event. Registration is $60 on or before August 27 and $75 after that date. A special student rate of $30 is offered, but student registrations must be received on or before August 20.


The first 50 people to register for the event can use the code “OSC” to waive their registration fee. If applying on paper, please write OSC at the top of your registration.


Click here to register online for the workshop. More information about the workshop including agenda and registration can be found by visiting or by contacting Barry McGraw at or 614-476-3100.