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Start-ups recognised for adoption of green chemistry

Tandem Repeat has created a protein-based biopolymer technology for the production of thermoplastic fibres that are stretchable and tough.

30th April 2018

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Lowell, MA


Tandem Repeat, one of the innovators chosen to present at the Technology Showcase, has created a protein-based biopolymer technology for the production of thermoplastic fibres that are stretchable and tough.

“As a seed-stage company, we’re delighted to have this unusual opportunity to position our technology in front of an extremely important and diverse audience,” said Dr Gözde Senel-Ayaz, CEO, Tandem Repeat. “The GC3 brings together an entire ecosystem of professionals with whom we can network, ranging from retail and brand companies to chemical suppliers, research and development experts, corporate sustainability personnel, fellow startup entrepreneurs, and venture investors.”

Adoption of green chemistry

The Showcase is sponsored by the GC3 Startup Network, a programme that provides support for green and bio-based chemistry start-ups and helps drive the market adoption of innovative green chemistry technologies.

The Technology Showcase will be held on 8 May 2018 during the GC3 Annual Innovators Roundtable, a three-day forum that enables business leaders across supply chains and sectors to exchange green chemistry strategies and network to form new partnerships and collaborative projects. Over 150 GC3 members and others will attend the Roundtable at the headquarters of Eastman in Kingsport, TN.


As part of the competition, 16 companies, including Apple, BASF, Johnson & Johnson, Levi Strauss & Co., L’Oréal, and Procter & Gamble, provided their list of sustainable chemistry technology needs regarding chemicals, materials, products, and manufacturing technologies. Those companies are seeking sustainable and bio-based chemistry solutions in a range of categories including – but not limited to – adhesives, coating technologies, flame retardants, monomers/polymers, ingredients for formulated consumer products, and recycling technologies.

The GC3 hosts the competition to stimulate and support green chemistry innovation, as well as facilitate conversations between startups, chemical suppliers, brands and retailers. “As in years past, these start-ups will begin discussions leading to joint development agreements, licensing, and investments with companies that are seeking new chemical technologies,” said Monica Becker, Co-Director of the GC3 and Collaborative Innovation Platform Lead. “Our goal is to get these technologies to market and scale to contribute to safer and more sustainable products and operations.”

Selected start-ups

Over 30 entries were submitted to the competition. The start-ups selected are working to bring to market a variety of green chemistry technologies. The 10 start-ups are: Acticell; Advonex International; Checkerspot; Modular Genetics; Novomer; Solugen; SusTerea Biorenewables; Tandem Repeat; Tethis; and xF Technologies.

“At BASF we are committed to developing chemistry for a sustainable future, so we appreciate the GC3 creating this opportunity to meet start-up companies that offer innovative solutions,” said Patrick Harmon, Industry Manager at BASF. “Finding the right solutions to chemistry challenges requires collaboration between start-ups and large formulators, brands and retailers. The GC3 Technology Showcase creates the setting for these conversations to take place so that innovators can bring green chemistry solutions to market much more quickly.”

The Technology Showcase will kick-off with GC3 member companies presenting their green chemistry technology needs, followed by presentations from the startups. Additional startups will present their posters in a networking reception after the Technology Showcase.

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