December 1, 2014
OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center, headquartered at The Ohio State University, hosted the 2014 Bioproducts World Showcase & Conference October 5-8. It was the first time an event of this type has been held and it attracted 250 attendees from around the world. And, with Ohio’s two largest industries being polymers and agriculture it was a great opportunity for Ohio to shine a spotlight on this rapidly growing industry.
The event was held over three days and consisted of 16 education sessions that covered a range of topics from biobased chemicals and manufacturing to marketing sustainability. Key sponsors for the event included the United Soybean Board, the USDA and the Ohio Soybean Council. Tom Vilsack, U.S. Agriculture Secretary, was the keynote speaker for the event and he wrote about his visit in his Secretary’s Column on the USDA Blog.
41 exhibitors participated in the showcase with a wide variety of biobased products on display. 14 start-up companies took advantage of Entrepreneur Alley to show off their biobased products. A unique product shown at the event, Instagate: Tailgate in a Box, is a great example of innovation in the bioproducts industry and came to life through a Kickstarter campaign.
In addition, the Bioproduct Innovation of the Year award was presented in two categories, commercial and consumer. 24 submissions were received and the winners were Teknor Apex in the commercial category for their Terraloy Bioplastic (PLA for injection molding) and Cenergy USA in the consumer category for their Magic Dirt.
According to the OBIC, the goal of the event was to educate and promote the bioproducts industry to the general public and by all accounts it was a big success with plans for the 2015 showcase already in progress. For more information, check out the 2014 Bioproducts World Showcase Recap Webinar. To see photos and event highlights, check out the Bioproducts World Showcase Facebook Page.