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The Agricultural/Food/Industrial & Environmental Biotech sector applies life sciences knowledge, biochemistry, and biotechnologies to the processing of agricultural goods and the production of food and nutritional products, and organic and agricultural chemicals. The sector also includes activities around the production of biofuels.
Examples of products:
  • Food and nutritional products
  • Fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides
  • Corn and soybean oil
  • Ethanol and biodiesel fuels
  • Biodegradable materials synthesized from plant-based feedstock
  • Biocatalysts
Michigan is home to a number of established and growing Ag/Food/I&E Biotech brands including but not limited to:

 Alpena Biorefinery
 Amway Kellogg's
 Bayer CropScience
 Post Holdings
 Cerise Nutraceuticals
 Swedish Bio-Gas
 Dow Chemical
 Uckele Health & Nutrition
 Frontier Renewable Resources
 Zeeland Bio-Products

The sector, while small is rapidly growing across all of its subsectors, particularly in the bio-based technologies area (i.e., renewable chemicals and biofuels). The Battelle/BIO State Bioscience Industry Development Report 20121 indicated a 55 percent growth in number of businesses in this sector from 2007-2010. Direct employment was 802, with a total impact of 3,500.

1 Battelle/BIO. State Bioscience Industry Development 2012. June 2012.

  • Creating Value
    by delivering business-critical resources & bottom line savings
    Building Networks
    by connecting Michigan's bio-industry one member at a time
    Growing Talent
    by creating opportunities that develop people & build organizations
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