Helping corporations, associations and educational organizations to secure supplemental funding in areas related to advanced bio-energy and bio-based projects
Premier provider of support to companies interested in accelerating commercialization of bio-based products
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The OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center (OBIC) is a research initiative that integrates academia and industry toward the development of renewable specialty chemicals, polymers/plastics and advanced materials.  We have the resources to support and build clusters by collaborating with entities including:

  • Industry
  • Researchers
  • Educators
  • Government


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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.  

Bioproducts World Showcase and Conference Announced

Bioproducts World Showcase and Conference — a first-of-its-kind event to accelerate the manufacturing, distribution and use of bio-based products — will be held Oct. 5-8 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and Hilton Hotel in downtown Columbus, Ohio.

Presented by OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center at The Ohio State University, the event will bring together leaders from across the emerging bio-based products industry to support consumer and corporate demand for these products, facilitating business relationships and contracts.

Check out Bioproducts World Showcase and Conference tab (left side of screen) to find out more about this event.  Registration goes live in April.  We hope to see you there!

What are Bioproducts and What are the Careers Involved in this Industry?

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.  

OBIC Annual Meeting Held in December

On Tuesday, December 3, 2013, OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center held its annual meeting with over 80 representatives from industry, government and academia in attendance, including a majority of the OBIC Bioproducts Network (OBN) members and all current OBIC staff present.  Dennis Hall, OBIC Director, began the meeting by introducing Dr. Bruce McPheron, Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Dr. McPheron presented a keynote on the significance of the bioproducts industry to OSU Discovery Themes and research, as well as student recruitment to actively engage in the future leadership of the growing bioeconomy. Feedback from attendees indicates this event was successful in achieving expectations and was a dynamic networking experience for our industry and academic partners. We look forward to continued growth and participation from these new relationships in advancing the bioproducts industry.

OBIC Annual Report for 2013

OBIC Annual Meeting Presentation

OBIC Hosts USDA BioPreferred® Stakeholders Workshop 

On Monday, September 30, 2013, OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center hosted a USDA BioPreferred® Stakeholders Workshop with 25 OBN members and OBIC staff present.  Dennis Hall, OBIC Director, gave a program overview.  Kate Lewis, USDA Deputy Program Manager talked about the USDA biobased markets and BioPreferred® Program.  David Schwantes of B4Branding and Craig Lerner of Involve presented OBIC’s Biobased Brand Strategy.  Barbara Vieira, OBIC Assistant Director, helped lead the break out groups in development of the discussion themes. Overall, this event was successful in achieving the workshop goals and gave attendees the opportunity to actively participate in advancing the bioproducts industry.

OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center Assisting Companies on USDA BioPreferred® Program Application Process

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.

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