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U.S. Bioplastics

U.S. Bioplastics harvests chemical feedstocks from biomass and converts them into bio-based, degradable polymers for the packaging industry.

  • Stage Product In Development
  • Industry Clean Technology
  • Location Orlando, FL, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded August 2013
  • Employees 2
  • Website

Company Summary

U.S. Bioplastics is partnering with a Florida-based company to extract ferulic acid from its sugarcane bagasse waste stream. In accordance with technology invented by Professor Stephen A. Miller (University of Florida), the ferulic acid is polymerized to Gatoresin™, which water-degrades back into benign ferulic acid, avoids fossil fuel feedstocks, and competes well with a large segment of environmentally unsound packaging plastics.


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    J. Lee Strait, III
    Chief Operating Officer

    Mr. Strait (B.B.A. Mercer University, 1986) has been active in the sustainable and degradable polymer industry since 1988, including the launch of an environmentally friendly bottled water company, Nuvision Water, LLC and the processing of Plastarch bioplastic into novel bottling applications. “U.S. Bioplastics is the culmination of my vision to create sustainable packaging materials that significantly reduce environmental contamination.”

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    Stephen Albert Miller
    Chief Technology Officer

    Dr. Miller (B.S., M.S. Stanford University, 1994; Ph.D. Caltech, 1999) is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Florida (, where he directs a research group that designs, synthesizes, and characterizes sustainable polymers for replacing commodity plastics. Professor Miller has delivered many invited presentations on five continents and publishes his academic research in notable, high-impact journals.


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    Mark A. Buese, patent attorney