The future of clothing just got greener.. Virent is creating drop-in fuels and chemicals from plants. Making 100% plant-based plastics possible

VIRENT is replacing crude oil.

Our company creates the chemicals and fuels the world demands from a wide range of naturally occurring, renewable resources.

Using patented catalytic chemistry, Virent converts soluble biomass-derived sugars into products molecularly identical to those made with petroleum, including gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and chemicals used for plastics and fibers.

Virent has key strategic relationships in place with Royal Dutch Shell, Cargill and Honda to add vital resources and expertise required to accelerate commercialization of its technology.

The company has 80 employees who have created a unique culture in Madison, Wisconsin.

The company has received numerous honors, including the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer award, the ICIS Innovation Award, the Wisconsin Companies to Watch Award, the Red Herring Top 100 North America Award and the EPA’s Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.

By replacing crude oil, Virent is creating economic security, energy independence and a healthier world.


  • Chemicals
  • Diesel Fuels
  • Gasoline
  • Jet Fuels


Virent’s BioForming® platform is based on a novel combination of Aqueous Phase Reforming (APR) technology with modified conventional catalytic processing.

The APR technology was discovered at the University of Wisconsin in 2001 by Virent’s co-founder and chief technology officer, Dr. Randy Cortright.

The BioForming platform expands the utility of the APR process by combining APR with catalysts and reactor systems similar to those found in standard petroleum oil refineries and petrochemical complexes.


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