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16 November 2012

NDSU moves tech to c2renew

c2renew, a spin-out of North Dakota State University, completes the transfer of biocomposite creation technology from the university.

Author: Gregg Bayes-Brown, editor

A biocomposite material creating technology, Fargo, is to be transferred to US-based spin-out c2renew following the conclusion of a license agreement with North Dakota State University (NDSU) Research Foundation.

The technology was developed by NDSU associate professor Dr Chad Ulven and his research team, and can be deployed anywhere commodity thermoplastics are used, but has typically been used in an agricultural setting so far. The green technology incorporates agricultural by-products into plastics, and can improve stiffness, strength, heat resistance, and dimensional tolerance whilst lowering the cost of the material.

Michael Fuqua, who is a partner in developing the technology and a formerly a postdoctoral research associate of Dr Ulven’s at the NDSU, is now a technical consultant for the Colfax, North Dakota-based firm.

Terms of the license agreement were not disclosed.

“c2renew designs biocomposite materials to meet the performance specifications required by our customers with lower cost, renewable resources,” said Dr Ulven. “We not only supply companies with drop-in plastic replacement solutions, but also assist them with component and process design.”  

Philip Boudjouk, vice president for Research, Creative Activities and Technology Transfer at NDSU, added: “Start-up companies generated by NDSU research provide pathways to economic success. The coordinated efforts among NDSU researchers, the university’s Technology Transfer Office and the NDSU Research Foundation help lay the groundwork for commercialization of discoveries developed at NDSU.” 

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