The OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center (OBIC), located at The Ohio State University, connects different segments of the bioproducts community to nurture business ecosystems and facilitate commercialization of new sustainable bioproduct technologies.
OBIC's internal staff, as well as a network of consultants, seeks to provide a series of services. We work with many different groups with varied interests to accomplish shared goals.
In the Spotlight: Tom Hughes
OBN September Webinar
On Friday, September 27, OBIC Bioproducts Network (OBN) hosted a bioproducts webinar with Tom Hughes from PolyOne Corporation. Tom Hughes is the program director of open innovation at PolyOne. In addition to discussing many of PolyOne’s operating segments, Tom discussed PLA and thermoplastics in detail, including the challenges and benefits. ReSound ™ compounds and their characteristics were also discussed in great detail in comparison to the crystallization approach for high heat resistance. We thank Mr. Hughes for sharing his insightful and valuable presentation, and hope you will consider participating in one of our monthly webinars.
OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center Assisting Companies on USDA BioPreferred® Program Application Process
Ron Smith, Program Director of Communications at OBIC has been helping companies on the USDA application process. OBIC is subcontracting with ASTM and USDA on the BioPreferred® Program by performing pre-qualification reviews. This online application process is for companies to achieve certification and labeling after having ASTM contracted laboratories test products. OBIC has experience in working with the bioproduct industry, providing customer service, outreach and communications.
In the Spotlight: Ortwin Costenoble
NEN Energy Systems
OBN August Webinar
On Thursday, August 22, OBIC Bioproducts Network (OBN) hosted a bioproducts webinar with Ortwin Costenoble from NEN, the Netherlands Standardization Institute. Ortwin Costenoble, senior consultant at NEN, is a specialist in petroleum and bio-based products. He is the international standardization secretary for biofuels, bio-based economy and sustainability criteria. Besides this, he acts as project manager of related research work. Within Mr. Costenoble’s presentation, he provided an insight on the European markets regarding bioproducts. He also talked about Knowledge Based Bio-based Products Pre-Standardization (KBBPPS) project that began in August 2012 and lasts for three years. This is part of the FP7-KBBE work program that the European Commission funds. Mr. Costenoble’s presentation was very insightful and provided valuable information for our participants. We thank Mr. Costenoble for sharing his expertise and hope you will consider participating in one of our monthly webinars.
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