Ecovia Biopolymers: Next-Generation Functional Ingredients & Materials

Our suite of Ecovia™ Biopolymers are created from a proprietary fermentation process. They are 100% biobased, biodegradable, and functional alternatives to conventional acrylate and acrylamide polymers and starch-based biopolymers.

We can customize our bioprocess to produce high-performing, multi-functional biopolymers from 100% renewable feedstocks like glucose or glycerol. Our lead product families, termed AzuraBase™ and AzuraGel™, are both 100% USDA-certified biobased. Our superabsorbent AzuraGel™ products meet the ‘Ready Biodegradable’ standard of OECD 301B.

Learn about our AzuraGel™ Biopolymer family of superabsorbents

Learn about our AzuraBase™ Biopolymer family of functional ingredients

We strive to create the best biobased ingredients and materials. Independent testing shows our AzuraGel™ Biopolymers exceed the performance of current-generation starch-based absorbents. Our goal is to develop and offer a viable biobased alternative to widely-used petrochemical-derived polyacrylate- and polyacrylamide-based materials, including as superabsorbents for hygiene products. Note: Samples for R&D Use Only.


Ecovia™ Biopolymers by Development Stage

Prototype-Ready →

  • Agriculture & Horticulture - Soil amendments

  • Hygiene - Superabsorbent fillers

  • Cosmetic Ingredients - Topical functional ingredients (partnered)

Early R&D →

  • Food Ingredients - Functional ingredients

  • Pharmaceuticals - Topical excipients (partnered), oral excipients (unpartnered)

  • Medical Devices - Superabsorbent components

  • Industrial chemicals - Chelates, flocculants, and dispersants

  • Packaging - Superabsorbent fillers

As a technology provider and supplier, we are open to joint development and supply partnerships for unpartnered market areas. We are actively conducting customer trials for a variety of applications. Send us a message if there is interest in exploring our technology and products further.

In the meantime, here is a video the University of Michigan put together about us:

Ecovia Renewables, a startup that spun out of a chemical engineering lab at the University of Michigan, is developing a superabsorbent biopolymer that could enable the widespread use of compostable diapers, which would greatly reduce the 3.5 million tons of disposable diaper waste currently entering U.S. landfills each year. Credit: Evan Dougherty/Michigan Engineering

See our AzuraGel™ superabsorbent polymer (SAP) material in action:

Demonstrating free swell of our biobased superabsorbent polymer (SAP) compared to synthetic polyacrylate co-polymer (PAM).

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