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May 28

ESD partners pursue technological breakthrough to recycling challenge

Posted on May 28, 2019 at 1:40 PM by Vitaly Litvinenko

ESD Director Kerrie Romanow and ESD staff discuss BioCellection chemical process with the company co-founders Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao
ESD Director Kerrie Romanow, third from right, and ESD staff discuss BioCellection’s chemical process with the company’s co-founders, Miranda Wang, second from right, and Jeanny Yao, right
BioCellection is heating up! The biotech startup – and ESD partner – is pursuing a solution to the global challenge of hard-to-recycle plastics, such as plastic film. And the world is taking notice.

Last month the company’s co-founders, Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao, participated in a panel discussion as part of the Women in the World Summit 2019, a prestigious event in New York City organized by former New Yorker editor Tina Brown and headlined by Oprah Winfrey. (See the video produced for the event.) While in New York, Yao was interviewed on People Now.

On Tuesday, the Mercury News published an informative story about BioCellection and the progress of its pilot program.

In addition, Wang is a finalist for the Rolex Awards for Enterprise, which recognize “exceptional individuals who have the courage and conviction to take on major challenges (and) extraordinary projects that make the world a better place.” (Learn more and vote for Wang on the awards webpage!)

The problem they’re tackling is huge. Scientists estimate there could be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050. Their approach is extraordinary: using chemical processes to break down problem plastics and transform them into raw materials for use in other applications.

ESD is proud to partner with these inspiring women, who are working with City hauler GreenWaste Recovery to test and refine their technological process. To learn more about how that process works, check out this helpful CNN article (and accompanying video) from 2018.

We can’t wait to see what happens next!