Every carbon atom found in Rivertop’s chemicals comes from renewable sources. Rivertop’s oxidation process essentially “recycles” carbon previously found in the natural environment. The biodegradation of such chemicals does not contribute new sources of carbon to the atmosphere.


Rivertop’s chemicals and engineered bioproducts originate from – and eventually break down to become – organic matter and gases. Uniquely, Rivertop’s chemicals and derivatives can be engineered with chemical structures of variable characteristics, biodegrading faster or slower based on their functional requirements – not simply their material application.


Rivertop’s patented technology platform enables versatility both upstream and downstream. Leveraging a variety of sugars (such as glucose, one of the world’s most abundant and least expensive sugars), as well as others derived from a variety of sources (like grains, grasses and wood), we produce glucaric acid. This leading renewable chemical has applicability in several markets, including consumer and industrial cleaning, food and beverage, oil and gas, transportation, building materials, adhesives, films and fibers. In addition to glucaric acid, we can also utilize a range of sugars and sugar alcohols to produce the corresponding acid. VIEW TECHNOLOGY MAP TO LEARN MORE


The Last Best Place

Montana has been called The Last Best Place. That’s true for both its outdoors and its enterprising culture. Missoula is a thriving small city anchored by a robust university and a growing cadre of big-city expats who are driven by the entrepreneurial spirit. Its highly educated residents enjoy an eclectic downtown scene, complete with an array of dining options, breweries and distilleries, as well as major entertainment events and authentic arts. With a lower cost of living than most other metro areas, commute times less than 10 minutes and housing for all incomes, Missoula is a great place to live.


A culture of discovery

As a venture-backed, early-stage chemical company, Rivertop derives its culture of discovery and practicality from veteran innovators in chemistry and industry. Spawned from research at the University of Montana, Rivertop chemists have opened new frontiers in performance and sustainability. Rivertop is now commercializing these new chemicals in several large markets.

Great people doing great things

Rivertop is a team of creative, fun and engaged individuals. Outside of work, our people hike, cook, ski, golf, make mead, woodwork, travel, fish, volunteer and enjoy life, among other passions and pursuits. We strike an ambitious balance that inspires and energizes us to build a great company.  

In the heart of Montana

Rivertop is headquartered in a 15,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility on the banks of the Clark Fork River, directly across from the University of Montana, next door to the future home of Missoula College, less than one mile from downtown, and less than five miles from wilderness access. Not bad for a town with air service from both major and discount carriers.






Jun. 28, 2017