Biomaterial Medical Devices Company TEPHA Buys-Out Royalty Obligation

In Massachusetts, TEPHA Inc. completed a buy-out of its royalty obligation to Metabolix, Inc., its former licensor and parent company. TEPHA develops implantable medical...

Performance is more important than maximizing biobased content: ORNL

In Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory has prioritized performance over renewable content in its efforts to develop a thermoplastic based on lignin. ORNL originally...

Boeing, SpaceX race to be decided by microbial engineering: report

The race between Boeing and Elon Musk’s SpaceX to put the first human on Mars may not be decided by who can build the...

Ford putting bioplastics in the driver’s seat

In Michigan, Ford Motor’s use of bioplastics in vehicles is set to grow despite technical hurdles and low oil prices. Debbie Mielewski Ford’s senior technical...

3D-printed, biobased cabin available for rent

In Amsterdam, DUS Architects has unveiled a 3D-printed “urban cabin” built out of linseed oil-based plastic. The “cozy” 86-square foot building includes a small park...

Eco-friendly cleaning brand taps Braskem bioplastic for detergent bottles

Natural cleaning products brand Seventh Generation is using biobased polyethylene produced by Braskem in its 100-oz laundry detergent bottles. The bottles are now 80%...

Predictive modeling yields promising bioplastics catalyst

Combining predictive modeling and experimental lab work, researchers from IBM Research and Stanford University say they were able to design a catalyst that enables...

Compostable K-Cup replacement wins innovation award

A compostable alternative to the ubiquitous but wasteful single-serve coffee pods popularized by Keurig’s K-cup brand has won SPI’s 2016 Innovation in Bioplastics Award. Club...

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Precision farming data offers archaeologists new insights

In the United Kingdom, a University of Bristol study suggests that developments in precision farming could yield data of great use to archaeological research,...

New USDA school meal rule brings back low-fat flavored milk and bread flexibility

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the new School Meal Flexibility Rule that makes targeted changes to standards for meals provided...

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In Washington, D.C., The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, a nonprofit established through bipartisan support in the 2014 Farm Bill, announced a $9.4...