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Helping corporations, associations and educational organizations to secure supplemental funding in areas related to advanced bio-energy and bio-based projects

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.  

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.

Registration Procedure:
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

Non-OBN members are also invited, but a $150/ person registration will be charged. REGISTER NOW via this link!

Event Announcement (PDF)

Event Agenda

Do you know about the OBIC Sustainable World Tour?

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 Additional information can be found The Sustainable World Tour tab (left side of screen).  Be sure to read our blog!

View 2015 Soy Products Guide by United Soybean Board for biobased products!  To find your favorite everyday consumer so biobased products, checkout by the Ohio Soybean Council.

OBIC Annual Report 2014

Denny Hall, Director of OBIC encourages all to #GoBiobased starting today in his director's message. OBIC Bioproduct Network continues to leverage the strengths and capabilities of members. Commercializing biobased products is important for the success of industry. Fundamental to economic growth, collaboration and industry development is done through OBIC clusters and projects.  Meeting the industry's need for cost-competitive, industrial-scale feedstock is being done  through biomass supply research projects.  Preparing consumers and future generations for a biobased lifestyle is being done by initiatives through OBIC Education and Public Outreach events. Specifically, the OBIC Sustainable World Tour and Bioproducts World Showcase and Conference initiatives.

Click here to download full 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.

Check out Bioproducts World Showcase and Conference tab (left side of screen) to find out more about this event regarding recap, official press releases, published media, social media and to view event photos.

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.