OBIC Special Event: October 15, 2015
Sustainable Materials Networking Event
OBIC is excited to announce our next quarterly bioproduct networking event on the theme “Sustainable Materials”. The program will take place on the Columbus campus of The Ohio State University. Participation will be limited to the first 100 individuals so take action today to register for your company’s involvement.
Program highlights include:
- A preview of major federal program initiatives to grow our Billion Ton Bioeconomy by Dr. Valerie Reed, Senior Advisor for Bioenergy, USDA as well as Deputy Director of the Bioenergy Technology Office, USDOE
- Announcement of Ohio State University’s newly launched “Sustainable and Resilient Economy” Discovery Theme
- Business perspectives on “Sustainable Materials” by Ashland, DuPont, and Sherwin Williams
- PLUS, your 60-second introduction and great networking opportunities
Dr. Reed’s presentation is especially important for academic and industrial collaborators that would like to access federal funding to expedite their bioproduct commercialization initiative as USDA and USDOE will be releasing a new round of Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) related to their bioeconomy objectives. OBN members will want to build network relationships to successfully attract these supplemental funds.
OBN members are invited to participate and extend this invitation to others within your company. To register to attend (free of charge), please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-OBN members are also invited, but a $150/ person registration will be charged. REGISTER NOW via this link!
The tour is a first-of-its-kind public awareness campaign to optimize marketplace engagement and promote biobased alternatives. To learn more about the tour and how it can visit your event, please email email@example.com. Additional information can be found The Sustainable World Tour tab (left side of screen). Be sure to read our blog!
OBIC Annual Report 2014
Bioproducts World Showcase and Conference Recap
More than 250 attendees gathered in Columbus, Ohio from October 5-8 to attend the inaugural Bioproducts World Showcase and Conference. This event was hosted by OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center at The Ohio State University.
The first annual Bioproducts Innovation of the Year finalists presented to three judges in the categories of commercial and consumer. Teknor Apex was announced as the winner for the commercial category for the Terraloy Bioplastic (PLA for injection molding) biobased product and Cenergy USA won the consumer category for Magic Dirt.
Throughout the three days, there were 16 education sessions ranging from green buildings to biobased chemicals and manufacturing, and marketing biobased to greening pro sports. To help showcase the bioproducts industry, there were 41 exhibitors who participated in the showcase. Entrepreneur Alley provided 14 start-up companies to showcase their biobased products.
United States Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack served as our special speaker for this inaugural event with a crowd of more than 150 in attendance. “I’m back in the business among people who are creating and innovating. It’s what America was founded on,” said Vilsack.
Ohio is a leading producer of soybeans and polymers which means thousands of job opportunities! Learn about the production of bioproducts and the many related career paths. Check out this video by GrowNextGen that features Dennis Hall, OBIC Director talking about the bioproduct industry and careers involved.