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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Arbor Fuel Inc.

Presentation followed by networking, refreshments & wine bar

Note special Whitney Avenue location for this event. See below.

Arbor Fuel Inc. is using biotechnology to generate cost effective, environmentally sensitive alternative fuels. The company is developing proprietary microbial strains to produce fuels from cellulosic biomass feedstocks. The technology enables the production of transportation fuels that do not compete with the food chain, and brings the next generation of high performance renewable fuels to consumers and industry worldwide.  

Arbor Fuel has successfully developed yeasts to produce advanced renewable fuels and chemicals.  These yeast strains enable cost effective, capital light, profitable production of renewable products, and the technology is proven at bench scale on experimental feedstocks. Cellulosic experimental feedstock can be fermented to ethanol with 65% of the theoretical maximum yield in under 48 hours without the addition of external enzymes.  

Yeast strains have also been engineered with a butanol biosynthetic pathway, and proof of principle for this next-generation biofuel has been demonstrated. Butanol is a next generation biofuel which can substitute directly for gasoline, has similar energy density and MPGs, and requires no modification to existing engines. Butanol does not absorb moisture making it noncorrosive, meaning the existing infrastructure can be used for transportation and storage. Butanol is compatible with ethanol blending and can even improve blending of ethanol with gasoline. Additionally, butanol can be blended with diesel.  

Arbor Fuel was founded in 2007 and completed a Series A round in 2008 with private investors.  The company is currently in the process of seeking a Series B round to fund its ongoing development of industrial processes and a pilot scale plant to be used for both cellulosic ethanol and butanol.

The BioHaven Entrepreneurship Series features presentations designed to showcase regionally developed life science technologies that have progressed along the path to commercialization.  Speakers at the BioHaven events represent both the scientific and business side of the enterprises.

The programs focus on key success factors of each company, scientific or technological advantage, business model, and lessons learned in starting and developing the business. The series also provides social networking opportunities for scientists, researchers, and businessmen.

For a calendar of all the 2009-10 BioHaven events, click here.


Steven Henck

President & CEO, Arbor Fuel

Thursday, February 25, 2021
4:00 P.M. Seminar
5:00 P.M. Networking, Refreshments & Wine Bar

Kline Geology Lab Building, Yale University
210 Whitney Avenue, New Haven


There are street meters on Sachem Street and free parking beginning at 3:30 p.m. at Lot 22 on the corner of Whitney and Humphrey.

Registration is free, but advance RSVPs are appreciated. E-mail to or call the Yale OCR main number: 203-785-6209.

Lead sponsors: Wiggin and Dana and PricewaterhouseCoopers.


Also sponsored by Elm Street Ventures.

Presented by CURE and the Yale Office of Cooperative Research.

Additional support from the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute and the Yale Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Society.

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CURE/Yale BioHaven presents
Arbor Fuel
Kline Geology Lab Building
210 Whitney Avenue, New Haven
Thurs Feb 25 2010 4:00 pm
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