What Is The OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center?

The Ohio Bioproducts Innovation Center (OBIC) connects different segments of the bioproducts community to nurture business ecosystems and facilitate commercialization of new, sustainable bioproduct technologies.

OBIC recently received a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture to form a Consortium for Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Education (CABLE). The Ohio State University is working alongside 19 other universities around the U.S. to provide a unique leadership development experience to prepare student delegates to assume leadership roles in the emerging bioeconomy.


  1. Stay Hydrated with Biobased Water Bottles

    Apr 11, 2018

    Summer is quickly approaching and that means warmer weather! The summer months mean more plastic water bottles will be used. Our fifth installment of the Sustainable Substitute Campaign is all about how to make sustainable choices with your water bottle.

    Every year, about 50 billion water bottles are purchased and about 80% end up in landfills. It takes around 17 million barrels of petroleum to produce plastic bottles annually. To combat this, there are many water bottle companies making a sustainable difference.

  2. Faculty Mentor Spotlight: Joe Bozell

    Apr 11, 2018

    We talked with Dr. Joe Bozell, CABLE Faculty Mentor from the University of Tennessee. In CABLE, Joe saw an opportunity to provide students with exposure to the bioeconomy that isn't traditionally offered elsewhere. Read on to hear Joe's perspective on what brought him to the program and his advice for current and future students.

    Q: What university are you the Faculty Mentor for and what is your area of expertise?

  3. CABLE Student Delegate Spotlight: Shea Moore-Farrell

    Apr 6, 2018

    Q: What university are you attending and what are you studying?

    Shea: Colorado State University, Graduate Student in the Cell and Molecular Biology Program. I study the food and bioenergy crop Sorghum bicolor, and am trying to understand the underlying metabolism that makes many sorghum varieties extremely drought- and heat-resistant.

    What do you enjoy doing in your free time?