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December 2023 Luncheon | Virent Research Manager Dana Hatch

  • December 12, 2023
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • The Madison Club


Tuesday, December 12, 2023 | The Madison Club

In-person Networking: 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Livestream and Program:  12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Join us on Tuesday, December 12 for a presentation by Dana Hatch, research manager of Virent, about the company's technology and mission to create a better, cleaner future, and how leaders can make a difference and drive change.

Renewable sources of energy are a necessary part of the future. A push for new and expanded development in technologies to combat climate change is being driven by government policy, academia, and industry. Virent has developed its own BioForming® technology to produce renewable fuels and chemicals from readily available carbohydrate (sugar) feedstocks. Virent’s BioForming® technology has been developed using an integrated demonstration plant called 'Eagle' located at its headquarters in Madison and is ready for commercialization.

Material produced here has been used in several high-profile demonstrations including 100% SAF (Sustainable Aviation Fuel) flights on United Airlines, Emirates, Gulfstream and Virgin Atlantic. and commercially available products like Patagonia’s SugarDown Hoody as well as a plant-based bottle for Coca-Cola.

About Dana Hatch:

Dana’s roots are in Wisconsin, and she has lived in Madison for over 20 years. She is an outdoors enthusiast who’s passionate about science which has resulted in a professional drive to support and create sustainable forms of energy. Dana joined Virent in 2007 with a background in chemistry and R&D technology. She has held many roles in the company from chemical analysis, research, safety, and management. In her current role, Dana leads Virent’s Research and Analytical teams which combines her commitment to creating the energy we need from renewable sources with a desire to mentor and develop people in technical fields.

Giving back to the community is important to Dana. As an avid reader and lover of libraries, she has been a volunteer with the Madison Public Library Foundation in various roles since 2021 and looks forward to continuing the support into the future. She also finds joy volunteering for activities with the Girls Inc group through the Goodman Community Center and continues to coordinate charitable events for the company to participate in.

She is an experienced leader with over 20 years in the renewable energy space and she holds a BS degree in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

Attendance Options:

Our speaker will be appearing in-person at the Madison Club. Members can choose between attending in person or virtually. Guests are welcome to attend in person or virtually. 

In Person Luncheon Choices for December:

  1. Regular Entrée:  Black and Blue Salad. Grilled beef coulotte steak, blue cheese crumbles, roasted red pepper, field greens and spinach salad, marinated asparagus
  2. Vegetarian Entrée:  Sweet Potato Curry Bowl. Wild rice, roast broccoli, sweet potato, cilantro

If you plan to attend in-person, you must register by Wednesday, December 6.

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