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Stanford Woods Environmental Forum featuring Mike Biddle

Dr. Mike Biddle
President and Founder
MBA Polymers, Inc., USA

The Last Frontier of Recycling – Above-Ground Mining of Plastics From Some of the Largest and Most Complex Waste Streams in the World

Dr. Biddle started MBA Polymers about 20 years ago - literally from his garage in California.  In addition to leading the technology and business development, Mike raised over $150 million from private, VC, PE and strategic investors to fund the development and growth of MBA Polymers.

Mike worked for several large companies, namely GE, Cummins and Dow, before striking out on his own in 1992.  Mike received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Polymer Engineering, both with high honors.  He was also a Sloan Fellow at Stanford University (Executive MBA).

Mike has received numerous international awards. A few examples:  Mike won the prestigious 2012 Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Business, the 2010 Economist Innovation Award for Energy and the Environment, the 2006 Intel Tech Museum Award and was named a 2006 World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer.  Mike also won the first Thomas Alva Edison Award for Innovation and the first Ascent Award for Entrepreneurship

Mike’s TED talk has over 1 million views and hundreds of positive comments across the Internet, being hosted by over 50 different websites.

Mike was selected by as one of the “10 Innovators Changing the World” for their Big SHFT documentary program:  watch The BIG SHFT.

You are invited to stay for a reception following the forum.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 3:30pm