Who We Are

Our Mission: A Strong Bioeconomy


At ABPDU, our passion for bio-innovation drives us. Every day. Whether we’re evaluating biomass, experimenting with microorganisms, optimizing new processes, or performing assays and analyses, our end goal never changes. Simply put, we want to enable you to successfully take your bio-innovation to market.

We’ve been operational since 2012, collaborating with researchers in the bio-products industry, the National Labs, and academia to optimize and scale technologies to enable the commercialization of bio-based chemicals, materials, and fuels.

How we came About

The national mandate for developing a diverse, robust, and resilient bioeconomy, created an urgent need to bridge the gap between promising research and large-scale production of advanced biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. The Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office established the ABPDU as part of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in 2009. Our stated mission is to expedite the commercialization of advanced, next-generation biofuels and bioproducts by providing industry-scale test beds.

Berkeley Lab: Bringing Science Solutions to the World

A Strong National Network

Working at the interface of the DOE and industry, we fill a critical and under-served gap in the network of National Labs to validate, demonstrate, and scale up novel and promising biomass technologies for commercial volumes. Our core focus is in the areas of process prototyping and pilot proof of concept, and the DOE’s Bioenergy Research Centers are major collaborators with ABPDU.

Location, Location, Location

Strategically located in the San Francisco Bay Area’s bio-innovation hub, and part of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, we are uniquely situated to enable the local and national bioeconomy. Access to cutting-edge national research organizations such as JBEI, academic centers of excellence like UC Davis and UC Berkeley, and related major industries of biotech and food, allows us to tap into the expertise and best practices that are required for the new generation of biofuels and bioproducts.