OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center History

OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center (OBIC) began in 2005, as a Wright Center of Innovation, serving as Ohio's first statewide and Ohio Department of Development funded bioproducts center, established with a grant award of $9.6M in capital funds and $1.9M in operating funds. The objective was to accelerate commercialization of specialty chemicals, polymers/plastics and advanced materials applications using renewable biobased feedstocks of interest to Ohio industry. The management strategy has been to implement a market pull "Cell to Sell" TM business model to link core research capabilities to genetics, biotechnology, bioprocessing, chemical conversion and materials applications to bioproduct development and commercialization opportunities directed by industrial collaborators.

Industry engagement and leadership in OBIC have been well-documented, involving Board of Advisor members and Executive Advisory Council. OBIC activities have included an additional 19+ industry alliance members representing Ohio’s extensive polymer industry supply chain.

OBIC Board of Advisors:

  • The Andersons
  • Ashland Specialty Chemical
  • Biobent
  • Ohio Soybean Council
  • College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
  • Emery Oleochemicals
  • PepsiCo
  • PolyOne
  • Scotts MiracleGro
  • Sherwin Williams
  • Team Gemini
  • USDA BioPreferred

OBIC Executive Advisory Council:

  • Battelle
  • BioHio
  • EMC2
  • PolymerOhio
  • Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association
  • Ohio Development Services
  • Ohio Soybean Council
  • The Ohio State University Extension
  • The Ohio State University Industry Liaison Office
  • USDA Rural Development