The 10 Most Innovative Bioeconomy CEOs in 2020. Now choose the number 1

“Bioeconomy in everyday life” @ BioBased World 2015 in Frankfurt am Main

The 2020 that is drawing to a close has been a really tough year for the world population. The pandemic has exposed many of the limitations of our economic and social model. It’s time for a profound change that cannot ignore the circular and sustainable bioeconomy. The circular bioeconomy is innovation, the result of the skills and passion of researchers and managers able to create value and new high-qualified jobs, reconciling economy, society and the environment. At the end of 2014 Il Bioeconomista launched a new initiative: The 10 Most Innovative Bioeconomy CEOs.

We have asked a panel of world bioeconomy experts to tell us the Chief Executive Officers that have stood out as the most innovative during the last year.

Now we ask you to choose the most innovative CEO responding to our survey (open till December 11 at 7.30 am, Western European Time).

The most innovative CEO 2016 was Ken Richards (CEO of Leaf Resources, Australia)

The most innovative CEO 2017 was Tony Duncan (CEO of Circa Group, Australia)

The most innovative CEO 2018 was Jürgen Eck (CEO of BRAIN AG, Germany)

The most innovative CEO 2019 was Alex Michine (CEO of MetGen, Finland)

This is the result of 2020 (in alphabetical order)

Catia Bastioli, Novamont (Italy)

Veronique de Bruijn, Photanol (Netherlands)

Jennifer Holmgren, LanzaTech (USA)

Matt Lipscomb, DMC Bio (USA)

Christophe Schilling, Genomatica (USA)

Simão Soares, SilicoLife (Portugal)

Marcus Steilemann, Covestro (Germany)

David Sudolsky, Anellotech (USA)

Peter Vanacker, Neste (Finland)

Sytze van Stempvoort, Peelpioneers (Netherlands)

Versalis enters the market for bioproducts in the agriculture sector

Matrìca plant in Porto Torres, Italy

Versalis enters the market for bio-based products in the agriculture sector for the protection of crops. Thanks to an agreement with AlphaBio Control, a research and development company with offices in the United Kingdom and Italy specialised in the production of natural formulations for the protection of crops with its products already known in the pesticides market, Eni’s chemical company will develop bio-based and biodegradable herbicides and also biocides for the disinfection of surfaces, using as active ingredient productions from the bio-chemical platform in Porto Torres, Sardinia.

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Perstorp aims at reducing carbon emission by producing sustainable methanol

Perstorp, a global leader in the specialty chemicals market, has developed a production concept to produce methanol from a large variety of recovered end-of-life streams and hydrogen from electrolysis.

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An interview with Matt Lipscomb, CEO DMC Bio

Matt Lipscomb

“We are hoping that the next US government will take climate change seriously and will take material steps to improve its leadership on the global stage.”

To say it – in this exclusive interview with Il Bioeconomista – is Matt Lipscomb, CEO of DMC Bio, the US company which is producing bio-based chemicals using fermentation.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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An exclusive interview with Mercedes Alonso, Executive VP Neste

Mercedes Alonso at IFIB 2020 in Rome

“We are very committed to our purpose of creating a healthier planet for our children, working towards our climate goal of helping our customers around the world to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with our renewable and circular solutions by at least 20 million tons every year by 2030.” Mercedes Alonso, Executive Vice President, Renewable Polymers and Chemicals at Neste, talks to Il Bioeconomista. In this long exclusive interview, she talks about Neste, the circular bioeconomy and the green recovery after the Covid19.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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Genomatica and Aquafil joined forces to scale 100% bio-nylon production

Christophe Schilling, CEO of Genomatica during his speech at the Grand Opening of Mater Biotech’s plant in Bottrighe di Adria, Italy

Clean manufacturing leader Genomatica signed a first-of-its-kind deal with Aquafil to build a demonstration scale facility to produce the largest quantity of 100% renewable nylon-6 ever available. Responding to surging consumer interest in sustainable products, the material will go to leading global brands eager to explore and develop renewable products, create showcase goods and test feedback with customers. The deal is a 50-fold expansion over previous production levels and represents significant acceleration toward commercializing renewably-sourced nylon-6 — a material that is poised to reshape a $960 billion textile industry that touches millions of lives every day, from the carpet we walk on to the clothes we wear.

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Lombard Odier launched a Natural Capital strategy

Hubert Keller, Managing Partner Lombard Odier

Lombard Odier yesterday launched a Natural Capital strategy. “For the first time – the Swiss company stated – there is the opportunity to invest in public companies that leverage the regenerative power of nature, Natural Capital. We believe these companies will deliver strong growth and become the winners of the future.”

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Total and ADNOC joined forces in the areas of CO2 emission reductions

Source: http://www.total.com

Total signed a strategic framework agreement with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), to explore joint research, development and deployment partnership opportunities in the areas of CO2 emission reductions and carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS).

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Marine biofuel testing set to begin at the Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre

Alfa Laval, biofuel producer MASH Energy and shipowner DFDS entered into a collaboration, funded in part by Shipping Lab, a Danish non-profit initiative focused on smart shipping. “Two 25 m3 tanks have been installed at the centre, one of which is stainless steel and dedicated for testing of biofuels and other new fuel types,” said Lars Bo Andersen, Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre Manager. “New fuel alternatives are constantly being introduced to the marine industry, but the knowledge about their behaviour in marine fuel systems is limited. We want to extend that knowledge through testing, beginning with biofuels.”

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Celtic Renewables launched its Crowdcube funding campaign

Scottish cleantech innovators Celtic Renewables launched its Crowdcube funding campaign on the back of investor appetite to fund companies with environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors.  With commissioning of Celtic Renewables’ biorefinery in Scotland – the first of its kind in the UK – on track for Spring 2021, and on the back of £30 million funding already raised; the business is poised to play a pivotal role in the UK’s transition to net-zero economy.

Mark Simmers, CEO and Martin Tangney OBE, President

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