Biobased Products

May 23, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Biobased Product Market Growth is Tied to Performance…but Production Credits Will Help!

Unlocking growth in the biobased products sector is tied to the ability to unlock access to inexpensive sugar, derived from corn farming. The second element has to do with production credits. This has begun to emerge at the state level, […]

Apr 15, 2016  |  Director's Blog

The Drive To 100% Bio-based Plastic Bottles

When Coca Cola set about thinking about how to drive sustainability into their supply chain, they recognized from the outset that the entire end to end life cycle of a bottle of Coke needed to be considered. Most people don’t […]

Sep 3, 2015  |  Director's Blog

Bio-based Products Future is Promising, but Hurdles Exist

I had the opportunity to present at a hearing in Washington last week – this was a public meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Sub-Committee.  This group was composed of notable academics, as well as representatives from government and NGO’s […]

Aug 14, 2015  |  Director's Blog

Industrial Biotechnology: Designing the new bio-based supply chain of the future

In the recent issue of Industrial Biotechnology, Jay Golden and I published a set of insights related to the challenges that exist as part of the industrial biobased economy. As part of the reauthorization of the 2014 Farm Bill, we […]

Jun 17, 2015  |  Director's Blog

USDA Announced Release of BioBased Economy Study Completed by NC State and Duke University

I am delighted to share with readers of my blog the announcement of a new report completed by Jay Golden from Duke University and myself, that was released today at 11 AM and announced by Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the Department […]

Feb 25, 2015  |  Director's Blog

Biogen Idec designs the innovation supply chain

Joydeep Ganguly from Biogen Idec spoke in my Supply Chain Relationships class last week, and shared his insights on how Biogen’s supply chain evolved.  Since graduating from the NC State Jenkins MBA program in 2006, Joydeep Ganguly has risen through […]

Oct 8, 2014  |  Director's Blog

USDA releases study on Biobased Economy

The USDA released a new study that I worked on with Jay Golden from Duke University this past summer.  We spent a good deal of time collecting research from a variety of different sources, to put together a picture of […]