About Biobent Polymers™

Biobent Polymers is a unique bioplastics company with an award winning process that converts traditional thermoplastics into bioplastics. Our goal is nothing short of a complete reshaping of the $465 billion thermoplastics marketplace.

Origins

In 2009, with funding from the Ohio Soybean Council, Battelle Memorial Institute, the world’s largest private research organization, began research into soy-based bioplastics. The result was the development of a novel process that converts petroleum-based thermoplastics into bioplastics containing as much as 40% renewable bio-content.

Additional support for this project came from Univenture, Inc., a 25-year-old Ohio plastics manufacturer. In their quest to find sustainable and eco-friendly materials for use in its UniKeep™ and EnvyPak™ product lines, Using Univenture’s polypropylene, Battelle successfully converted Biobent’s first bioplastic.

Using this converted bioplastic, a molding trial was conducted. We found that it not only worked, but functioned as a drop-in replacement for their petroleum-based polypropylene. The new Biobent polypropylene was easy to mold, maintained virtually all of the mechanical properties of the virgin polypropylene (flexural modulus, tensile, and impact). The converted bioplastic was easy to work with and did not require mold replacement or modification.

This was a tremendous break though given the poor performance and difficult processing of other bioplastics.

This success allowed the project team to win a coveted R&D 100 Award. Shortly thereafter, an exclusive license was signed with Battelle and Biobent Polymers was formed to commercialize this technology.

In 2012, the Biobent division was spun out from Univenture and in the summer of that year, Keith Masavage, Biobent’s founder, purchased a majority share of the company. Univenture remains actively engaged, continues to provide support for Biobent and holds a minor equity stake in the company.

Since that time, Biobent worked relentlessly to scale the technology from lab scale to high volume production and build a strong portfolio of IP (intellectual property). Biobent holds an exclusive, worldwide license to the Battelle process and patent (in process) and continues to receive support and technical assistance from the world class scientists at Battelle.

Timing

In business, timing is everything, and Biobent is in the perfect spot, at the perfect time, with the right product. While 2015 and 2016 petroleum prices were extremely low, the urgency for offsetting petroleum consumption is clear.

Growing demand and a finite supply are reaching a tipping point. To address this, society needs shift to more efficient uses of our renewable resources.

Values

The Biobent value proposition set by Mr. Masavage is bold, ambitious and unwavering;

  • Price
  • Performance
  • Sustainability

These three values are the perfect trifecta and the pillars of Biobent’s success. With them, we intend to reshape the thermoplastics marketplace.

R&D 100 Team from Battelle, Ohio Soybean Council and Univenture

R&D 100 Team from Battelle, Ohio Soybean Council and Univenture

About Univenture

Univenture has been designing and manufacturing films and molded plastic products, including those made of bio-based plastics, since its founding in 1988. The company was listed on the Inc. Magazine 500 fastest growing privately held companies five times in the 1990s, and the Small Business Administration named founder, Ross O. Youngs, National Business Person of the Year in 1997. The dedicated focus of the Univenture team has resulted in numerous industry awards and accolades for its innovation, commitment to customers, and sales growth.

About Battelle

As the world’s largest, independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses: Laboratory Management, National Security, Energy Technology, and Health and Life Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle has staff in offices worldwide, including seven national laboratories which Battelle manages or co-manages for the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and a nuclear energy lab in the United Kingdom. Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science and math education.