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11: Making Skis From Algae: The Biomanufacturing Process (feat. Dr. Scott Franklin)

11: Making Skis From Algae: The Biomanufacturing Process (feat. Dr. Scott Franklin)

Update: 2020-12-28
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How can materials science facilitate the process of creating skis from the oils of microalgae? Going from a new type of material to product is a challenge for any innovation - especially when trying to design biopolymers for rugged applications. Further, discovering innovative and sustainable ways to meet mankind’s massive demand for plastic products is a crucial challenge to tackle in this coming decades. 



 



In today's Episode we discuss these issues with Dr. Scott Franklin, the Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Checkerspot, a startup looking to tackle these exact challenges. Checkerspot is focused on creating plastics from the oils produced by microalgae.  



 



Dr. Scott Franklin can be contacted by writing him at: https://checkerspot.com/contact/



 



In this exciting conversation about innovations in biology and materials we discuss:



  • How Checkerspot utilizes materials science for rapid innovation (1:31 )


  • Why backcountry skis were chosen as the first use-case (6:38 )


  • How Checkerspot tailors the output of microbes for outdoor products (15:44 )


  • Overcoming the challenge of scaling up biotechnology to meet competitive cost (24:40 )


  • Discussing the paradigm of biomanufacturing (30:48 )


  • The impact of this technology on climate change (38:58 )


  • And much more!



 



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Disclaimer: Any opinions expressed by either guests or hosts in this show are their own, and do not represent the opinions of the companies or organizations for which they are affiliated.

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11: Making Skis From Algae: The Biomanufacturing Process (feat. Dr. Scott Franklin)

11: Making Skis From Algae: The Biomanufacturing Process (feat. Dr. Scott Franklin)

Tom Miller and Punith Upadhya