New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Ecovative’s facilities in Green Island, New York earlier today. CEO Eben Bayer hosted Cuomo’s tour, and offered an overview of the company, the products, and the growth processes. Ecovative uses many agricultural by-products purchased from New York state farms and farmers as material inputs. The company’s growth further supports the state’s economy by creating jobs. Governor Cuomo expressed support and interest throughout the tour, claiming, “this is great. [Ecovative] should be very proud.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo, left, meets with Eben Bayer, CEO, at Ecovative Design in Green Island, during a tour of local businesses as part of an Economic Development Council program. (Skip Dickstein/Times Union)
Stay tuned for more information from major media outlets.
The World Technology Network (WTN – www.wtn.net) announced that Ecovative has been named a finalist for a prestigious World Technology Award in the materials
category. Ecovative joins a roster of approximately 50 organizations and 100 individuals in this annual competition deemed by the members of the World Technology Network (“The WTN”) to be doing the “most innovative work of the greatest likely long-term significance.”The World Technology Awards have been presented by the WTN since 2000, as a way to honor those innovators who are the most innovative in science and technology in 20 different categories. Nominees for the2012 World Technology Awards were selected by the WTN membership(spread out over 40 countries) through an intensive, global process over a period of many months.
The WTN (www.wtn.net) is a curated membership community comprised of the world’s most innovative individuals and organizations in science, technology, and related fields. The WTN and its members –those creating the 21st century — are focused on exploring what is imminent, possible, and important in and around emerging technologies.
The winners of the World Technology Awards will be announced during a ceremony at the TIME & Life Building on the evening of October 23rd at the close of the World Technology Summit, a two-day “thought leadership” conference (Oct. 22/23) held at the TIME Conference Center in the TIME & LIFE Building and presented by the WTN in association
with TIME magazine, Fortune, CNN, Science/AAAS, Technology Review, and others.
“This year we are more eager than ever to pay tribute to the talent and innovation of our individual and corporate honorees.” says James Clark, Founder and Chairman of the World Technology Network. “Each year, this event gains momentum and prestige making it the ultimate global platform to honor visionary contributions in the science and technology arenas.” Clark adds “The World Technology Awards program is not only a very inspiring way to identify and honor the most innovative people and organizations in the technology world, but it also is a truly disciplined way for the WTN membership to identify those who will formally join them, as WTN Fellows, as part of our global community. By working to make useful connections among our members, we look forward to assisting Ecovative in continuing to help create our collective future and change our world.”
About the World Technology Network
The WTN exists to “encourage serendipity” — the happy accidents of colliding ideas and new relationships that cause the biggest breakthroughs for individuals and institutions. The WTN works to accomplish its mission through global and regional events for its members and extended audience, to help make connections among them, and to examine the likely implications and possible applications of emerging technologies.
For more information about the World Technology Network, or to attend the WTN Summit and Awards, please contact:
Director of Events and Operations
The World Technology Network
The next several weeks offer several opportunities to hear from Ecovative team members as we share our products and technologies.
- Wednesday, October 17th, 11:30 am: “Single Step Biopolymers, Self Assembly in Nature” – Chief Scientist Gavin McIntyre will speak at the Biopolymers Symposium in San Antonio, Texas.
- October 23 – 25: Gavin and Sam Harrington participate in the RISE (Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics) conference in Baltimore, Maryland. The pair will compete for most innovative use of non-woven materials in a durable product.
- Tuesday, October 30: Gavin presents Fungal Bio-composites at Advanced Energy 2012 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.
Check back in the future for updates and other upcoming events.
Yesterday, CEO Eben Bayer spoke at the Applied Brilliance conference in Sonoma, California. Eben spoke about his experience and knowledge with disruptive technologies. Ecovative’s plan focuses specifically on approaches for reinventing, rebuilding, and recreating the industrial economy to produce products that replenish our planet and ultimately produce a positive net gain. Eben’s philosophy, embodied in Ecovative, supports approaches for creating social and economic systems that amplify scarcity into abundance, just as living things do in nature. Eben also shared Ecovative’s line of Mushroom® materials with the audience of designers, architects, and technologists.
Applied Brilliance was created as a worldview for leaders, influencers, and early adopters who are searching for cutting-edge trends in shifts in cultural paradigms. The conference promotes creativity, innovation, and applied intelligence by bringing together creatives, educators, and marketing and design professionals.
Eben just returned from speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting in New York City. Invited as a keynote speaker for a topic dinner, Eben represented the United Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge (PLGC) and the commitment to scale up their green business competition, which Eben and Gavin won in 2008. By increasing the amount of entries, the quality and countries of origin, United Postcode Lotteries aim to speed up the development of new, innovative green businesses around the globe to tackle the challenges of climate change. Ecovative is proud to support the Green Challenge.
In his remarks, Clinton also expressed support for PLGC. The former president also stated his appreciation for the hard work of entrepreneurs like Eben and for the great work Ecovative is doing to eliminate synthetic foams.
Ecovative CEO Eben Bayer stands alongside MD Marieke van Schaik, PLGC founder Boudewijn Poelmann, and former President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) after Poelmannn announced PLGC’s Commitment to Action to upscale the program globally.
Gavin has led Ecovative’s material and biological process developments since co-founding the company in 2007. In September, Gavin spoke about bio-connectivity at TEDxPresidio.