SCD-iBIO to Honor Purdue’s George Tsao for Contributions to Industrial Biotechnology

By Chemical Processing staff

Nov 03, 2013

The Society for the Commercial Development of Industrial Biotechnology (SCD-iBIO) will honor George Tsao for his leadership and early contributions to 21st century industrial biotechnology. 

Tsao is a chemical engineering professor at Purdue University and founder of the Laboratory for Renewable Resources Engineering (LORRE).

The recognition of Tsao will highlight an evening gala called Honoring the Past, Acting in the Present & Inspiring the Future at the 2nd International Forum on Commercializing Global Green Nov. 12 at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia. Keynote speaker for the evening will be Marcel Lubben, vice president of DSM’s bio-based chemicals and materials business unit based in Delft, The Netherlands.

Tsao founded LORRE in 1978 when rising oil prices threatened to disrupt the economy, fuel inflation and upset transportation systems. Under his direction, LORRE achieved many significant developments, including the recognition of renewable resources as a bridge to a sustainable energy future.

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