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Dale A. Monceaux
Bipin S. Shroff
Richard C. Agar
Kurt F. Kaupisch
Rogerio Campos
Kent Kemmerling
Jack D. Shafer

AdvanceBio's key personnel are leaders in the fuel and chemical technologies industry and bring more than 75 years of combined experience in plant operations, technology development, and process design and project management. In addition, the AdvanceBio team has 25 years of experience in mechanical design fabrication.

This experience is being teamed with associated technologists and companies, allowing AdvanceBio to deliver services and products related to the development of biochemistries and technologies.

Principals
Dale A. Monceaux
monceaux@advancebiollc.com
Dale A. Monceaux is a leading ethanol technologist with more than 30 years experience in process technology development and plant design, construction, commissioning, startup and operations in petrochemical and renewable fuels. A degreed biologist, Mr. Monceaux has 14 years of experience in oil refining, molasses- and grain-
based distillery quality control, operations and production, and technical management.

He was employed 15 years with a major engineering and technology company. As a senior vice president and a board member for that company, Mr. Monceaux's activities focused on
international project and business development with a concentration in Central and South America, Europe and Southeast Asia. His activities also included process technology development and process modeling and design with a focus on advanced enzymatic hydrolysis, fermentation, distillation and separation technologies.

Mr. Monceaux earned a bachelor's degree in zoology from McNeese State University and pursued graduate studies at Northern Arizona University.

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Bipin S. Shroff
shroff@advancebiollc.com
Bipin S. Shroff has more than 35 years of experience in the process industry. Mr. Shroff was employed at a major engineering and technology company for more than 28 years. As a senior vice president and board member of that company, he was responsible for business development, particularly in Europe and Asia, where he generated a substantial number of bioethanol projects for the company. In addition, he worked in process and mechanical design, equipment specification, capital cost estimates, project engineering and project management. He was also responsible for administration and was company treasurer.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Shroff was employed by Chemineer Inc. as an application engineer. He also worked at Vulcan Manufacturing, a fabricator of heat exchangers, distillation towers, trays and other specialty process equipment.

He earned a bachelor's degree in mechnical engineering from Christian Brothers College and an MBA in finance from Xavier University.

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Associates & Consultants
Richard C. Agar, P.E.
Senior Associate

agar@advancebiollc.com
Richard C. Agar has over 31 years of industrial engineering experience focused on biomass technology and biofuels. He has developed technology from bench-scale trials to commercial application for three major pulp and paper organizations. He spent 15 years with a major engineering and technology company, designing and implementing new ethanol technology as well as developing new biomass technologies. Applications included ethanol from starch (several grains, potatoes and cassava as well as waste starches), sugar (juice as well as molasses) and biomass (including MSW and agricultural residue cellulose). Technologies have included strong and weak acid hydrolysis, enzymatic hydrolysis and gasification which bypasses the sugar platform. He has worked on design, construction, commissioning, startup and operations improvement for a number of clients worldwide. He assisted clients with training and development of new operation personnel. He also worked on new specialty chemical applications in several fields. He holds two U.S. patents in membrane technology and specialty chemicals from biomass.

Mr. Agar holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Michigan State University and is a registered Professional Engineer in Ohio.

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Kurt F. Kaupisch, P.E.
Adjunct Consultant and Senior Chemical Process Engineer
kaupisch@advancebiollc.com

Kurt Kaupisch has more than 40 years of chemical engineering experience—including 29-plus years of beverage and fuel alcohol, food, dairy, and pharmaceutical experience, as well as 16-plus years as a member of the 3A Task Groups (piping, pumping, thermal processing, etc.). He has served as facility infrastructure and utilities performance assessment auditor, having audited over 100 food and beverage plants in the United States. Kurt's projects include a new 320,000-square-foot extended shelf life beverage plant, development and implementation of a multiplant manufacturing and distribution strategy, a wastewater recovery project in a cheese plant (which provided $3.2 million in economic value added for the plant) and a utility cost reduction initiative that identified annual savings for five combined food and beverage plants totaling $6.5 million (which provided payback in less than three years).

Kurt's projects in the alcohol-related fields include redesign of still trays to make unit more energy efficient; 60 MM GPY motor fuel grade alcohol plant startup; alcohol recovery research for alcohol pulping; anhydrous alcohol plant startup; small (farm)-sized alcohol plant studies and designs; motor fuel grade alcohol from molasses; 10 and 25 MM GPY motor fuel grade alcohol studies; synthetic ethylene/ethanol studies; Brazilian molasses alcohol plant study; stripper design and startup; cellulose alcohol demonstration plant design; process development for feed stock evaluation and testing of, and demonstration plant design for cellulose (from municipal wastes) alcohol, and many others.

Mr. Kaupisch holds bachelor's and master's degrees in chemical engineering, and a doctorate (without dissertation) in chemical engineering, all from the University of Cincinnati. He is certified in Principals of Thermal Process Control, Acidification and Container Closure Evaluation for FDA/USDA, and is a certified process safety engineer. He has authored or co-authored 30-plus publications, seminars, papers and articles on subjects, including engineering data and practice, distillation design and practice, GMP food plant design and engineering, and clean-in-place/allergen containment.

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Rogerio Campos
Ethanol Fermentation Consultant
Rogerio Campos has 36 years experience working in the sugar industry. He began his career while in high school and worked in a sugar mill laboratory, supporting work on sucrose degradation and bacterial contamination control. In 1976, he was contracted by ITAL to develop a program to representatively sample and pay for sugar cane based on sucrose content and to study the effects of harvest methods on sucrose yield. In 1977, he joined Elanco (subsidiary of Eli Lilly and Co.). He has held several positions with Elanco including quality control supervisor, production manager of antibiotics for human use, and production manager for numerous animal health products

In 1993, Elanco Brazil, in conjunction with technical support from the United States, began development of the use of patented antimicrobial products in the control of bacterial growth in sugar juice and molasses fermentations in Brazil. Mr. Campos was responsible for field trials and eventually, for sale and distribution of this product to distilleries in Brazil and other South American countries. This product eventually captured more than 60% of the market. Mr. Campos has continued to develop new antimicrobial products and management schemes. He has been closely involved with numerous fermentation plants conducting trials and collecting operating data in order to improve yield and profitability.

Mr. Campos has a bachelor's degree and master's degree from the University of Sao Paulo (Ribeirao Preto).

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Kent Kemmerling
Consultant
Kent Kemmerling has more than 26 years experience in ethanol production and microbiology. His ethanol experience commenced in 1981 when, while in graduate school, Mr. Kemmerling began working at a local fuel ethanol facility. He eventually served as plant manager of the facility undertaking pioneering work in the fermentation of barley, wheat, rye and triticale. In 1984, he accepted the position of plant manager at the Monte Vista, Colorado potato-to-ethanol plant and led a construction team in a significant plant upgrade. His extensive experience in nutritional and health aspects in the feeding and management of cattle, poultry and swine resulted in him serving as the chief design engineer for the Lanigan, Saskatchewan integrated fuel ethanol cattle feedlot facility. Recently, Mr. Kemmerling has participated as a commissioning and startup technician on a number of fuel ethanol projects.

Mr. Kemmerling has worked for Eli Lilly as a fermentation microbiologist in the commercial scale production of antibiotics. While at Eli Lilly, Mr. Kemmerling was the primary scientist developing a new antibiotic application for controlling contaminating bacteria in ethanol fermentations. Commercial application of the product in the Brazilian cane sugar distilleries has been highly successful.

He earned a bachelor's degree in biochemistry and a master's degree in microbiology, specializing in molecular biology/genetics from Purdue University. He earned another master's degree in ruminant microbiology from Montana State University.

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Jack D. Shafer
Consultant
Jack D. Shafer has more than 50 years experience in mechanical engineering in the pulp and paper industry. He has worked for such companies as Black Clawson, CE Bauer, Impco Corporation. His area of expertise includes designing, consulting, servicing and supervising the repair of major equipment including digesters, high-pressure feeders and waster paper systems. Most recently, Mr. Shafer has been serving as a consultant in the digester pulp industry.

Mr. Shafer's experience includes projects calling for the design, fabrication, installation and operation of biomass feeding and acid hydrolysis reactor systems. In these reference projects, products of the "pretreatment" systems were destined for subsequent ethanol production from the hemicellulosic- and cellulosic-derived sugar fractions.

Mr. Shafer earned his degree in mechanical engineering, drafting and design from Penn State University.

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