Roskam to head Kansas Alliance for Biorefining and Bioenergy

Jeff Roskam has been selected as CEO for the Kansas Alliance for Biorefining and Bioenergy, a center of innovation launched last year by the Kansas Bioscience Authority.

"The Kansas Alliance for Biorefining and Bioenergy is poised to conduct world-class research and spin exciting new bioenergy solutions out of the lab with Jeff Roskam at the helm," Tom Thornton, president and CEO of the KBA, said in a statement. "His entrepreneurial spirit and industry background make him well-suited to lead this center of innovation in addressing national bioscience challenges."

Roskam, who grew up on a farm, has more than 25 years of experience in biofuels, CO2 utilization and mitigation, drinking water and finance. He was co-founder and CEO of Wichita-based CAP CO2, a CO2 enhanced oil recovery firm, and was co-founder and president of Wichita-based United Bio Energy, which merged into US BioEnergy.

With a $4.1 million seed investment from the KBA, the Kansas Alliance for Biorefining and Bioenergy will work to unite industry players with research and development resources to commercialize profitable technology and create jobs in the bioenergy industry. Its headquarters are at 125 N. Market, Suite 1735.

KABB partners include Black and Veatch, ICM, Archer Daniels Midland, AGCO, Abengoa Bioenergy, Edenspace Systems, Burns & McDonnell, UBE Services, Kansas Corn Growers Association, Kansas State University and the University of Kansas.