By Alex Ivanisevic, Communications Assistant, Cultivation Corridor
In the Cultivation Corridor, innovation is in our DNA, and it’s undoubtedly in Robert (Bob) G. Riley Jr.’s as well. Bob Riley is a standout figure in Iowa’s biotech and bioeconomy industries. He is the chairman of the board and founder of Feed Energy, CEO of the Riley Resource Group and owner of CORN OIL ONE®. At the 2018 Iowa Biotech Association’s Partnering for Growth Biotech Innovation Showcase and Forum, Billi Hunt, Executive Director of the Cultivation Corridor, presented Bob Riley with the Cultivation Corridor Iowa Biotech Leadership Award. The award recognizes an individual who demonstrates leadership, innovation, advocacy and commitment to advancing Iowa’s biotechnology industry.
Riley is no stranger to agriculture having worked for more than 40 years in the industry. In 1986, he purchased Feed Energy. Among the agriculture feed ingredient producers in the Midwest, Riley developed Feed Energy into one of the largest. That’s not all. Riley shares his innovative work ethic with the community as a leader; he advocates for many groups in the industry such as Iowa State University College of Life Sciences Advisory Council, the Iowa Innovation Corporation, and the Greater Des Moines Community Foundation, to name a few.
Riley is very passionate about the foundation and the goals of each company he oversees. “The very foundation of all of the companies under the Riley Resource Group umbrella were built on science-based solutions using biology-based technology. Each company has contributed in its own way in helping to create high performance energy and essential nutrition products for livestock and poultry producers. I like to think of it as ‘the creation of Nutraceutical Innovation for our customers’ - enabling them to help supply the ever increasing need for protein in our diets,” Riley said.