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6/22/2015 | 1 MINUTE READ

MHG Strives to Accelerate Biopolymer Formulation Capabilities

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Partnering with the University of Georgia, MHG aims to advance commercial development of its biopolymers.



Biopolymers are here to stay and advancing their use in diverse applications requires determination and partnerships in both the R&D and application development realms. Biopolymer producer MHG, Bainbridge, Ga., has taken such steps to accelerate its research and development capabilities by opening its own specialty labs and gaining access to equipment at the University of Georgia (UGA).


With this ‘academia partnership’ agreement now in place, MHG’s specialty labs at the university allow researchers to determine certain properties and characteristics of bioplastic formulations that have been created at the Bainbridge facility. In this way, MHG can determine the proper formulation for clients by making minor changes to optimize their biopolymer applications. The company is a specialist in the customization of biopolymer formulations that combine PHA, PLA and other biopolymers through a proprietary reactive extrusion process.


Access to UGA’s state-of-the-art equipment such as the 900 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer (NMRO otherwise unavailable, is allowing the company to create cutting-edge quality product more efficiently. The research findings at the specialty labs can easily and swiftly be replicated at MHG’s manufacturing headquarters.


Says Paul Pereira, CEO and executive chairman of MHG’s board of directors, “There are many great resources, such as the 90 MHz NMR, but the truly great opportunity comes from being able to harness the brainpower of young and energetic scientists, increasing our bench strength by multiples…..This provides us the unique opportunity to further advance our research and development of our bioplastics and into a realm otherwise not possible. We look forward to our future with UGA.”


MHG has been very active in academia; chief science officer Isao Noda, the “Father of Nodax PHA”, has had numerous speaking engagements on Nodax, as well as 2D spectroscopy. Most recently, in addition to UGA, he spoke at the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology in Seoul, Korea. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Delaware and a professor at the University of Paris. MHG also serves as an industrial advisor for the University of Minnesota, which is part of the Center for Sustainable Polymers.


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