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FROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: Two new account managers join Syngenta and Mascoma and NextFerm announce partnership.
By Ethanol Producer Magazine | October 12, 2018

Syngenta names new biofuels account managers
Syngenta has added two account managers to support its expanding U.S. biofuels business, which includes more than 30 ethanol plants across 12 states.

Anne Osentowski and Allen Ziegler will be part of a team that supports the growing number of ethanol plants using Enogen corn, helping broaden access to both Enogen corn and Cellerate process technology.

Osentowski is an industry veteran, having spent almost 20 years in the biofuels industry, and joins Syngenta from RPMG, which is among the largest ethanol marketers in the nation. She is a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato, and holds a degree in corporate finance. 

Ziegler’s involvement in the biofuels industry spans 20 years of global experience in all sectors of production and feedstocks, most recently starting Archangel Inc. in 2015, specializing in antimicrobial technology. He previously served as the director of biofuels marketing for Ashland/Solenis and holds a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis on finance, chemistry and microbiology from Fort Hays State University.

“We are thrilled to have Anne and Allen join our biofuels team,” says Jeff Oestmann, head of biofuels operations for Enogen at Syngenta. “They share our passion for the ethanol industry and commitment to its success. We look forward to working with them to help ethanol plants be more competitive and fuel enzyme innovation.”

Enogen corn is an in-seed innovation available exclusively from Syngenta and features the first biotech corn output trait designed specifically to enhance ethanol production. Cellerate is a process technology that adds value to protein, increases distillers corn oil production, creates cellulosic ethanol and produces low carbon-intense ethanol, all while allowing additional throughput from a dry grind ethanol facility.

Mascoma, NextFerm announce joint development agreement
Mascoma LLC, a subsidiary of Lallemand Inc., and NextFerm Technologies have signed a commercial joint development agreement that will expand their collaboration into the biofuels category.

NextFerm is an Israeli biotech start-up that is developing and producing fermentation-derived ingredients for the global food and feed industries.

“We are pleased with the opportunity to continue with the great collaboration with Lallemand,” says Tzafra Cohen, co-founder and vice president of research and development for NextFerm. “For us, this new agreement represents yet another validation that our core technology and unique approach to non-(genetically modified) yeast modification works and on an industrial scale.” 

Kevin Wenger, executive vice president of Mascoma LLC, says, “As experts in genetic engineering for yeast (that produce) fuel ethanol, we believe this project is an excellent opportunity to exploit the synergy between our respective technologies. We’ve seen a high level of professionalism and experience coming from NextFerm, which gives us tremendous confidence going forward.”

Cohen adds, “Here, in this project as well as in our previous NextFreeze project, we will be isolating and then improving natural yeast strains with enhanced resistance to environmental pressure.  We believe that our previously successful approach will be proven useful here as well.”