Dr. Iulian Bobe will serve on the judges panel for the 2017 IdeaFest Business Pitch Competition.
Dr. Bobe is the co-Founder and CTO of Tyton BioEnergy Systems (“Tyton”). Tyton has developed a unique energy tobacco that it anticipates will revolutionize the economics of the green chemicals industry. Feedstock costs represent up to 80% of the total production cost for green chemicals manufacturers. For biofuels, Tyton is seeking to propel the 200+ first generation US ethanol biorefineries into the more profitable advanced and cellulosic biofuel classes. These biorefineries represent approximately $40 billion in shareholder and owner investment. Tyton’s strategy is asset light, requiring low capital expenditure to serve a substantial market.
Combining Tyton energy tobacco with a proven and patent-pending Tyton extraction process will unlock tremendous value for biorefineries and for farmers.
Dr. Bobe is a chemical engineer and tech development entrepreneur. He was employee number 5 at Japanese biotech Nano Carrier, which is now valued at more than $1.5 billion, where he led licensing and business development, and helped the company raise more than $180 million. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Osaka Prefecture Universityand an MBA for Duke University.