UMaine Researcher Wins $250k to Advance Wood-based Building Materials

By admin | May 16, 2018 | Comments Off on UMaine Researcher Wins $250k to Advance Wood-based Building Materials

Mehdi Tajvidi, assistant professor of renewable nanomaterials at the University of Maine’s School of Forest Resources, was just awarded $250,000 to develop next-generation wood-based building materials. Called cellulose nanofibrils (CNF), these building materials are the natural structural building units of wood that are 1/100,000th the width of a human hair. New research from Sweden has…

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Celebrating CEI’s 40th Anniversary

By admin | May 16, 2018 | Comments Off on Celebrating CEI’s 40th Anniversary

We were pleased to exhibit at the 40th anniversary celebration of Biobased Maine member Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) late last month. CEI’s event showcased 50+ current and former portfolio businesses and key partners from industries important to Maine’s economy including food and beverage, manufacturing, services, renewable energy, nature-based tourism, and sustainable development. The event was…

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Mainebiz Recognizes Biobased Maine Member Steve Levesque

By admin | Apr 10, 2018 | Comments Off on Mainebiz Recognizes Biobased Maine Member Steve Levesque

Congratulations to Biobased Maine member Steve Levesque for being recognized by Mainebiz as a 2018 Business Leader of the Year! Steve is the executive director of Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA), which oversees Brunswick Landing, a technology and business campus at the site of the former Brunswick Naval Station. When Brunswick Landing was founded in…

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Starbucks Seeks a Biobased Solution

By admin | Apr 5, 2018 | Comments Off on Starbucks Seeks a Biobased Solution

Starbucks just announced an ambitious plan to replace its disposable paper and plastic coffee cup with a fully recyclable or compostable cup within three years, a plan the coffee giant described as a “moonshot for sustainability.” Starting on March 20, Starbucks has committed $10 million in partnership with Closed Loop Partners and its Center for…

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From D.C. to Amsterdam

By admin | Apr 5, 2018 | Comments Off on From D.C. to Amsterdam

March saw us traveling down to Washington, D.C., for the 2018 ABLC conference before we flew to the Netherlands for the World Bio Markets conference, to network and promote Maine’s assets to global leaders in the biobased industry. We showed products made in Maine, shared success stories from Maine companies, and generated dozens and dozens of…

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