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October 2013

This month on the Project Blog: 

October 12,
Develop Stronger Relationships in Green Chemistry and Agriculture

Gord Surgeoner, President of Ontario Agri-Food Technologies called for developing stronger relationships between the Bioindustrial Innovation Centre (BIC) and his organization in Ontario and MBI International and the Michigan Molecular Institute in Michigan.  He cited the present strengths of Michigan/Ontario collaboration which include business cooperation between BIC and MMI as well as several partnerships in the farming industry (sugar beets, asparagus and cherries).

Surgeoner emphasized that these world-class research centers can provide critical leadership in creating new economic development opportunities.   There are enormous opportunities for professionals in the agriculture and chemistry fields to collaborate across borders and industries and create new bio-based chemical products.  Surgeoner concluded that leaders need to act to eliminate barriers to these economic partnerships.

Surgeoner made his remarks as a part of his presentation on the Green Chemistry Panel at the Bi-National Blue Water Regional Collaboration Conference October 2, 2013 in Port Huron, MI.  Other contributors were Murray McLaughlin, Executive Director of the Bioindustrial Innovation Centre (BIC), in Sarnia, Ontario, Craig Crawford, President and CEO of the Ontario BioAuto Council in Sarnia Ontario, Bernie Steele Director of Operations and Alliances of MBI International in East Lansing, MI, and Patrick Smith, Research Scientist for the Michigan Molecular Institute (MMI) in Midland, MI.

See Surgeoner’s presentation here.