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.
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.