Michigan State University Subsidiaries Invest in Bioplastics and Recycling Firm

Titan Bioplastics, a material engineering company based in Seattle, has received foundational support and funding from Spartan Innovations and Red Cedar Ventures, both subsidiaries of Michigan State University in East Lansing. Terms of investment were not disclosed.
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Titan Bioplastics has received support and investment from MSU's Spartan Innovation and Red Cedar Innovations for its biodegradable and recyclable plastic dog bone. // Stock Photo
Titan Bioplastics has received support and investment from MSU’s Spartan Innovation and Red Cedar Innovations for its biodegradable and recyclable plastic dog bone. // Stock Photo

Titan Bioplastics, a material engineering company based in Seattle, has received foundational support and funding from Spartan Innovations and Red Cedar Ventures, both subsidiaries of Michigan State University in East Lansing. Terms of investment were not disclosed.

Augie Bones from Titan Bioplastics is a biodegradable and recyclable plastic dog bone. Like a typical plastic or nylon dog chew bone, but without toxic plastic pieces going into pets. Does your dog need a new bone? At the end of its life, simply bury the bone in the yard to decompose, add to yard waste, or recycle.

“We are extremely honored and proud of the investment into Titan Bioplastics by Spartan Innovations and Red Cedar Ventures, the prestige and opportunity this partnership brings will allow not only allow Titan Bioplastics access to MSU state of the art equipment, labs, and expertise but equally importantly the prolific opportunity to develop commercially viable polymer composite innovations in collaboration with MSU,” says Tanya Hart, CEO of Titan Bioplastics.

Spartan Innovations will support Titan Bioplastics through its Entrepreneur-in-Residence program and additional investment from Red Cedar Ventures. These two resources are expected to assist Titan Bioplastics material innovations come to market more quickly, build a strong team, and form a relationship with the MSU ecosystem.

In addition, Spartan Innovations has a large network of experts, service organizations, investors, and university connections that Titan Bioplastics can leverage.

An Augie Bone from Titan Microplastics. //Courtesy of Titan Microplastics
An Augie Bone from Titan Microplastics. //Courtesy of Titan Microplastics

“Titan Bioplastics is a perfect example of what we do at Spartan Innovations. Working with this talented team through our Entrepreneur-In-Residence program and connecting them with MSU resources, including research, is how we help startups get to commercialization,” says Jeff Wesley, executive director at Spartan Innovations, Red Cedar Ventures, and Michigan Rise.

Working with biobased, compostable, and recycled polymers, Titan Bioplastics provides real sustainable solutions for real problems in solving plastic pollution. It adapts materials to include nanotechnology into a variety of resins and composites, often providing a wide range of mechanical properties.

Through their industry revolutionary sustainable options, they provide composite development for companies looking to comply and innovate toward sustainable mandates for bioplastics and recycled plastics. Titan commercializes material technology innovations for various industries, including advanced material composites for military and energy environmental technology for DOE.

Red Cedar Ventures is a venture capital fund focused on growing Michigan startup companies and accelerating commercialization of Michigan State University technologies.

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