Ecovia Renewables Awarded $500,000 Phase IIB NSF Grant to Develop High-Performing and Eco-Friendly Superabsorbent Biopolymers

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, September 17, 2018— Ecovia Renewables Inc., a Michigan-based biotechnology company focused on the research and development of high-performing biobased materials and ingredients, was awarded a Phase IIB SBIR grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop biobased superabsorbents for agricultural and horticultural applications. Under this grant, Ecovia Renewables will utilize its proprietary microbial fermentation platform to efficiently produce a new generation of non-toxic, naturally-derived superabsorbent biopolymers.

Spring Update: TechConnect World Expo & NSF Phase II Grantee Conference

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, June 20th, 2018— Ecovia Renewables Inc. presented at two conferences this Spring: the TechConnect World Expo in Anaheim, CA and the NSF Phase II Grantee Conference in Atlanta, GA. 

At the TechConnect World Expo, Dr. Jeremy Minty presented "Ecovia™ Biopolymers for Personal Care Products & Formulations." The company won a National Innovation Award for their technology platform at the conference.

At the NSF Phase II Grantee Conference, Dr. Nina Lin presented "SBIR Phase II: Efficient Production of a High Performance and Eco-Friendly Superabsorbent Microbial Biopolymer for Hygiene Applications." The poster is available here.

Ecovia Renewables Announces Major Partnership; Raises $1 Million in Seed Financing

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, April 6th, 2018— Ecovia Renewables Inc. announced today that the company has signed a multi-year joint-development agreement with Seppic Inc, a member of the Seppic Group, a leading designer and manufacturer of specialty ingredients. Under the agreement, the two parties will co-develop a suite of high-performing, biobased and biodegradable polymers for topical applications in the health and beauty markets. Similarly, Seppic will have exclusive marketing rights to products made using Ecovia’s technology, a proprietary fermentation platform inspired by Ecovia CEO Dr. Jeremy Minty’s work on engineering microbial ecosystems.

Ecovia Renewables Awarded Top Prize at AkzoNobel Imagine Chemistry Challenge

Deventer, Netherlands: Ecovia Renewables, Inc., a renewable chemicals company developing cost-effective biobased chemicals and fuels, were selected as winners at the 2017 Imagine Chemistry Challenge finals for their submission "BioGel™ polyglutamic acid: a sustainable alternative to polyacrylates." The first Imagine Chemistry event, hosted by AkzoNobel and KPMG, invited start-ups and academics to find solutions to some of the top chemistry-related challenges the industry is facing today. One of 20 finalists, Ecovia's EcoSynth™ fermentation-based platform utilizes microbial communities to produce high value, based materials.

Ecovia Renewables, Inc. Awarded $750k NSF Grant to Develop Superabsorbent Biopolymers for Hygiene Products

Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ecovia Renewables, Inc. announced today that the company was awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Under the award, Ecovia Renewables, Inc. will receive approximately $750,000 over two years to develop a suite of BioGel™ biopolymer materials for hygiene applications, particularly for use in the absorbent cores of infant diapers. The proposal, entitled "SBIR Phase II: Efficient Production of a High Performance and Eco-Friendly Superabsorbent Microbial Biopolymer for Hygiene Applications,” explores a novel microbial co-culture fermentation route for cost-effective production of biodegradable and non-toxic superabsorbent materials from renewable biomass resources.