POET Chief Technology Officer starts work on new products, processes, feedstocks

W. Wade Robey joins POET team to lead research and development

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

W. Wade Robey, Ph.D has started work as POET’s new Chief Technology Officer, in charge of the company’s research and commercial development activities.

As head of POET Research in Sioux Falls, S.D., Robey oversees the company’s technology development programs including cellulosic ethanol, new products and grain-ethanol process efficiency.

Robey brings to POET more than 20 years’ experience in the biotech, industrial and animal nutrition industries. In his latest role prior to joining POET, Robey worked for enzymes-maker Novozymes as Head of Marketing, Americas.

“POET stands out as a company committed to technology and research,” he said. “It has done some incredible work in its 23 years, and I’m excited to now be part of the POET team and help continue that tradition.

About POET
POET, the largest ethanol producer in the world, is a leader in biorefining through its efficient, vertically integrated approach to production. The 23-year-old company produces more than 1.7 billion gallons of ethanol and 10 billion pounds of high-protein animal feed annually from 27 production facilities nationwide. POET also operates a pilot-scale cellulosic ethanol plant, which uses corn cobs, leaves, husk and some stalk as feedstock, and will commercialize the process in Emmetsburg, Iowa. For more information, visit

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