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OSC’s BPA Alternative Technology Enters into 2016 R&D 100 Awards Final

Published on 2016-09-07. Author : SpecialChem

Two technologies developed through Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) and soybean checkoff collaborations have achieved “finalist” designations for the R&D 100 Awards, with winners to be announced in November. Both technologies, Soy-PK Resin and Bio-YIELD bioreactor, leverage the natural properties of soybeans to increase the sustainability and improve health in modern industries.

OSC’s BPA Alternative Technology Enters into 2016 R&D 100 Awards Final

Nathan Eckel, OSC Research Committee chair and soybean farmer from Wood County said:

It’s important that we continue to explore new ways to utilize our soybeans. Seeing technologies that we’ve helped develop with some amazing partners receive this kind of recognition is fantastic.

Health Hazard and Ban on BPA

  • BPA represents health hazard, especially in food contact applications 
  • BPA-based polycarbonate plastic bottles have been banned for infant feeding usage 
  • California relisted BPA as a hazardous chemical in May 2015

Alternative to BPA Containing Epoxy Resins

  • Soy-PK is a finalist in the R&D 100 Materials category and Green Tech Special Recognition 
  • Offers a safe alternative to epoxy resins containing bisphenol-A (BPA)
  • Offers a practical and readily implementable drop-in replacement for BPA-containing epoxy coatings in metal beer, beverage, and food can coatings
  • Offers a viable option to displace a significant amount of fossil-based BPA-containing epoxy resins with a renewable-source raw material, greatly improving industry’s environmental footprint

Bio-YIELD bioreactor

A finalist in the R&D 100 Process/Prototyping category and Green Tech Special Recognition the 3Bar Biologics Bio-YIELD bioreactor is a patent-pending device that enables farmers to grow their own beneficial microbes, enabling increased crop yield with reduced chemical inputs. This approach addresses one of the most significant sustainability challenges of our time: to increase agricultural production while reducing use of resources and impact on climate.

About The Ohio Soybean Council

The Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) was founded in 1991 to manage the Soybean Promotion and Research Program – more commonly known as the soybean checkoff. 

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Source: Ohio Soybean Council
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