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Who is shortlisted for the Bio-Based Americas Innovation Awards 2017?

Posted on Sep 11, 2017 5:50:00 PM

Updated Star.jpg"It has once again been a pleasure to see the variety, energy and innovation displayed in our entries... "

Now in its second year, the Bio-Based Innovation Awards 2017 - Americas edition our search for the best bio-based product and chemical innovations has announced its shortlist following an extensive judging process from a panel representing a cross-section of the North, Central and South American bio-based industry. The shortlist is representative of our industry being a mix of large and small companies, but all with innovation at their heart.

The winners will be announced at Bio-Based Live Americas in San Diego on 26th September. So who has made it onto our shortlists? 

Bio-Based Product of the Year

A product currently available to purchase in North, Central or South America and that is derived from plants and other renewable agricultural, marine, and forestry materials and provides an alternative to conventional petroleum derived products. For the purpose of the awards, bio-based products do not include food, animal feed or fuel. The key is how the product improves on one derived from petroleum, sustainability is not enough, our judges will be looking for developments in price and quality.

Bio-Based Product of the Year Shortlist (in alphabetical order):

  • Green Biologics - GreenFlame® Natural Charcoal Lighter Fluid
  • Green Dot Bioplastics - John Deere Eco-Rigs
  • Totally Green Bottles - The Great Plastic Flip

Bio-Based Chemical Innovation of the Year

An innovation involving a platform or intermediate chemicals derived from biomass feedstocks, used to produce other chemicals. It can be a breakthrough development, a new method of production, a smarter development or a new technique. The key is the innovation and the ability to display a benefit and progress for the industry long-term.

Bio-Based Chemical Innovation of the Year Shortlist (in alphabetical order)

  • ECOSYNTHETIX INC. - DuraBind™ Engineered Biopolymers – Sustainable Binders for Wood Composites Applications
  • Genomatica - Biobased butylene glycol
  • Gen3Bio - Effective and Efficient Microalgae Enzymolysis

Chair of the judges, Luke Upton, Editor of Bio-Based World News added; “It has once again been a pleasure to see the variety, energy and innovation displayed in our bio-based products and bio-based chemicals entries. We make a point of encouraging companies of all sizes to submit their products and chemicals, and we’ve certainly see that this year. The voting was very close, with only a few points separating each entry. I’m looking forward to announcing the winner later this month at Bio-Based Live Americas.”

The winners will be announced at Bio-Based Live in San Diego on 26th September.

Judging Panel: Adam Malofsky, PhD (Managing Director & Partner, Elemence, LLC), Cynthia Phillips (Advisor – Strategic Planning, BioSerie), Michele Jalbert (Founder, Effective Advocates Collaborative - ‎Effective Advocates Collaborative), Corinne Young (CEO, Re:Chem), Murray Mclaughlin (Advisor, Bio-industrial Innovation Canada) and Luke Upton (Editor & Co-Founder, Bio-Based World News).

Who won the bio-based Americas innovation awards in 2016? Click here to find out. 

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Luke Upton
Luke Upton
Luke is the editor and co-founder of Bio-Based World has edited this site since its launch and previously worked for b2b media companies across industries including energy, advertising and sport. His more