Ohio Lieutenant Governor Bruce Johnson awarded The Ohio State University (OSU) an $11.6 million grant through Governor Taft's Third Frontier Project. The grant will be used to establish the Ohio BioProducts Innovation Center (OBIC), which will develop chemical conversion technologies to generate industrial products such as lubricants and adhesives from raw materials grown in Ohio, including corn and soybeans.

"Instead of just raising soybeans, we will be providing renewable building blocks, such as proteins, carbohydrates and oils, which are used in everything from construction materials to lubricants to improved plastics," said Amy Davis, Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) chairman, United Soybean Board member and Warren County soybean farmer.

The Center will establish a critical bridge between Ohio's $80 billion agriculture and $49 billion specialty chemical industries, strengthening two of Ohio's largest industries. This partnership will increase the economic growth and stability of the state and will reinforce Ohio's competitive position in biobased materials.

Included in these new opportunities is a "cell-to-sell" approach to partnerships between research facilities and business leaders across the state. Several businesses all across the country have agreed to join OBIC's efforts by marketing the biobased products produced at the center.

"OBIC's cell-to-sell management plan links Ohio's research and commercial partners," said Bobby Moser, OSU dean and vice president for agriculture administration. "This will focus academic research on market-based problems that have been identified by our business partners, ultimately leading to the commercialization of high-value industrial biobased products and manufacturing solutions made from Ohio soybeans and corn."

Companies like Albemarle Corporation, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Cargill, Delphi Packard Electric Systems, PolyOne Corporation and Scotts have already joined research partners such as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service to begin projects that will be developed and carried out at OBIC.

Source: Ohio Soybean Council