Braskem regis­ters its pres­ence in Bos­ton

Chemical Industry Digest - - Renewables -

Braskem, the largest ther­mo­plas­tics resins pro­ducer in the Amer­i­cas and the world­wide leader in bio-poly­mers, an­nounced its ex­panded fo­cus on the re­search, devel­op­ment and com­mer­cial­iza­tion of chem­i­cals and ma­te­ri­als sourced from re­new­able feed­stocks. Braskem started a new op­er­a­tion in Bos­ton fo­cused on lev­er­ag­ing ground­break­ing de­vel­op­ments in biotech­nol­ogy and ad­vanced ma­te­ri­als which will in­clude biotech­nol­ogy and ma­te­rial sci­ence R&D, busi­ness and mar­ket devel­op­ment as well as tech­nol­ogy scout­ing for key strate­gic part­ner­ships.

Gus­tavo Sergi, Braskem Re­new­able Chem­i­cals Busi­ness Direc­tor, ex­pect that the Re­new­able chem­istry will lead the next wave of devel­op­ment in chem­i­cals and poly­mers. More­over, he was con­fi­dent that the op­er­a­tion in Bos­ton will com­ple­ment the meta­bolic en­gi­neer­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties that they have in Re­new­able Chem­istry Re­search Cen­ter in Camp­inas (Brazil) as well as ma­te­rial sci­ence com­pe­ten­cies present in our R&D cen­ters in Tri­unfo (Brazil) and Pitts­burgh (USA).

To lead the R&D ini­tia­tives in Bos­ton the com­pany has ap­pointed Dr. Daniel P. MacEachran as new Head of Meta­bolic En­gi­neer­ing. Dr. MacEachran joined Braskem from Green­light Bio­sciences, Inc., a pri­vate­ly­held biotech­nol­ogy com­pany fo­cused on the sus­tain­able pro­duc­tion of chem­i­cals, in which he served as Direc­tor of Ap­pli­ca­tions Re­search & Devel­op­ment. He also served as a Vis­it­ing Sci­en­tist and Post-Doc­toral Re­searcher to the De­part­ment of Bi­ol­ogy at the Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy.

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