Dr. Mike Biddle, Director
Dr. Biddle started MBA Polymers over 20 years ago – literally from his garage. He grew MBA to the world’s leading multi-national company recovering plastics from end-of-life durable goods, such as computers, electronics, appliances, automobiles and now household waste. He and his team raised over $150 million in investment from angel, strategic, venture and private equity investors to eventually build out MBA processing capacity to over 300 million lbs/yr in Europe and China. Some of the largest manufacturers in the world use MBA’s plastics to replace virgin plastics in their new products.
Mike is often called the “Garbage Man” for his work in extracting value from complex waste streams around the world, yet he won numerous international awards such as the prestigious 2012 Gothenburg Award, often called the Nobel prize for Sustainability (previous winners include Al Gore, Kofi Annan and Gro Harlem Brundtland – former President of Norway). He also won the 2014 World Technology Network Award for the Environment (Elon Musk, founder of Tesla, won it for Energy the same year), the 2010 Economist Innovation Award, the Intel Tech Museum Environmental Award, a Tech Pioneer Award from the World Economic Forum, the Thomas Alva Edison Award for Innovation and many other international awards. MBA Polymers won the overall Katerva Award, hoping to become the “Environmental Nobel”.
Mike worked for several large companies, namely General Electric, Cummins Engine Company and Dow Chemical, before striking out on his own in 1992. Mike received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisville and a Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, both with high honors. He was also a Sloan Fellow at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, graduating with an MS in Management Science.