Mr. Adam Helms, Assistant Director –
Corporate Relations & Bioenergy Program
Texas A&M AgriLife Research - College Station, TX
Phone: 979-458-2677
Fax: 979-458-2155
Personal Website


Helms began his current role with Texas A&M AgriLife Research in June 2008. In this position, he works with Texas A&M AgriLife faculty/administration to develop collaborative research, development and commercialization relationships with the private sector. This model of developing strategic relationships with commercial partners has allowed Texas A&M AgriLife to develop integrated, systems-oriented research programs across the 14 academic departments from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the 13 Texas AgriLife Research & Extension Centers located in the State of Texas. He provides project management support to include nimble response to industry timelines, the development of research plans, insuring milestones are achieved and deliverables met. A cornerstone to this model is the identification and protection of intellectual property developed by AgriLife allowing the commercialization partner exclusive licenses to technologies developed. The management of intellectual property is done in conjunction with the Texas A&M University System’s Office of Technology Commercialization.

Helms earned his bachelor’s in 2006 in Agronomy and his master’s in 2009 in Soil Science, both from Texas A&M University. His management portfolio includes research projects aimed at developing advanced lignocellulosic, sugar based and oilseed feedstocks and their production parameters in collaboration with Ceres, Chevron Technology Ventures & BP Biofuels. In addition to bioenergy, he manages a collaborative relationship Bayer CropScience to develop new drought/heat tolerant wheat varieties using advanced molecular breeding techniques.

2012 Growing Texas Conference

October 4: Bio-based Fuels Panel, Overview of Lignocellulosic Feedstocks

Overview of lignocellosic feedstocks being developed at Texas A&M AgriLife Research.