Dr. Todd Werpy, senior vice president and chief science officer for ADM Company, will be the keynote speaker at the Corn Utilization and Technology Conference on June 1-3, 2020 in Chesterfield, Mo. Werpy, a member of ADM’s Executive Council, will address growth opportunities for sustainable materials from corn.
The biennial CUTC, put on by the National Corn Growers Association, is June 1-3, 2020 at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel, 16625 Swingley Ridge Road, St. Louis. CUTC provides a great opportunity for attendees to interact with key stakeholders throughout the corn supply chain, sharing each other’s needs, priorities and successes.
Scientists, farmers, researchers and corn industry leaders attend the sessions that focus on what is new and novel in corn product production, processing and utilization. Since 1987, CUTC has brought together leading innovators in the corn industry with the goal of more efficient and increased corn utilization.
Werpy is responsible for ensuring that technology delivers cost improvements and competitive advantage, and that ADM delivers on its strong pipeline of improvement projects. Werpy will also ensure ADM has the right focus and resources to support the rejuvenation of its product mix through product innovations across the value chain.
Previously, Werpy served as ADM’s senior vice president, Research & Development. In that role, he had responsibility for all corporate research and development functions, including overseeing ADM’s efforts to expand its product portfolio and strengthening research partnerships with government agencies, academic institutions and corporations.
Before joining ADM in 2007, Werpy spent 15 years at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where he was responsible for research and business development for new chemicals and chemical intermediates from renewable feedstocks.
Werpy developed the catalytic technology being commercialized by ADM for the conversion of glycerin and sorbitol to propylene glycol. He holds 30 U.S. patents in the area of catalysis and chemical conversion of biomass to chemicals. In addition, Werpy was selected as the recipient of the 2015 American Chemical Society Award for Affordable Green Chemistry.
Increasingly recognized as an important industry networking event, CUTC offers attendees the chance to meet hundreds of valuable business contacts, identify potential new customers and learn how new technologies will enhance the value of corn. CUTC poster presentations will again provide an ideal showcase for the latest research and present students with a challenging competition.
NCGA is taking a series of actions to do our part to help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic fallout it is creating for corn farmers and our customers. Short term, this means instituting policies to protect the health and safety of our stakeholders and the broader communities we serve. Long term, we’re focused on creating solutions to help corn farmers and our customers recover from the financial impacts of this crisis.
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