Lee Edwards says that for a small company like Madison, WI-based Virent, which he leads as president and CEO, partnering with larger businesses can help it do more, faster.

Virent, which is developing biofuels aimed at replacing crude oil, sports an impressive roster of collaborators. Itincludes Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), Honda (NYSE: HMC), and Minnesota-based Cargill, the largest private company in the U.S.

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