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Performance BioFilaments

About my Start-up

Performance BioFilaments Inc. (PBI) is focused on developing, manufacturing, and commercializing Nanofibrillated Cellulose (NFC) fibril additives, which are an exciting sustainable nanostructured biomaterial produced from Canadian forest feedstocks, that deliver significant strength enhancements and unique rheology modifications in a broad range of applications.
We concentrate on application development in key industries including concrete and mortars, nonwoven materials, polymer materials, industrial fluids, and other performance driven domains where significant benefits from NFC addition have been demonstrated.
We are active with a wide range of technical development activities where we support customer evaluations of NFC, collaborate on joint developments to tailor and customize NFC properties, and we assist with implementations of NFC within customers’ products and processes.
In terms of business development activities, we are actively seeking innovation leaders globally in advanced materials and specialty chemicals to evaluate, and purchase, NFC to enhance their product performance, process efficiencies, and increase sustainability content.

Why your idea is a “winner"?:

We believe Nanofibrillated Cellulose is a sustainable alternative to a number of fossil-fuel based additives used in construction, automotive, aerospace, energy, manufacturing, mining, consumer goods, and countless other performance-driven applications where significant pressures are mounting to improve the sustainability profile of given products and materials.
The process to manufacture Nanofibrillated Cellulose has been proven and is currently scaling to commercial volumes (facility online estimated November 2022).
The benefits of Nanofibrillated Cellulose have been demonstrated in a broad range applications within our target markets and we have received green-light approvals that purchase orders are pending from major "lighthouse" customers within our target markets.

What is your current or intended business/revenue model?:

Our current go-to-market strategy comprises a segmented approach to focus on the optimal channels/paths for our Nanofibrillated Cellulose additives to reach the target markets.
For the concrete & cementitious materials domain we will be selling Nanofibrillated Cellulose to Admixture companies (who create specialized chemistry packages that tailor the properties of concrete and cements). We are currently working with some of the world's largest Admixture companies to help them create new products that incorporate Nanofibrillated Cellulose and that they will provide to concrete and cements materials producers on a global basis. The concrete and cements domain is presently facing substantial pressure to improve its sustainability footprint and Nanofibrillated Cellulose helps to increase the durability and service life of concrete which means buildings and structures will last much longer and can avoid replacement (and avoid the negative environmental impact of replacement).
For the other key domains (polymers, nonwovens, and industrial fluids) we will be selling to the primary materials producers who will incorporate Nanofibrillated Cellulose into their materials and then will sell these materials to converters, who transform the given materials into finished products and finished goods. These domains are also facing major pressures to improve sustainability in addition to constantly being driven to enhance product performance and process efficiencies; and Nanofibrillated Cellulose delivers a range of value propositions in these domains.

Do you have any Patent or IP registered (related to the solution that you are looking for an investment)?:

Our IP strategy is to file patents on modifications (e.g. chemical functionalizations) to Nanofibrillated Cellulose that enable it to deliver greater benefits to strength and rheology and/or enable the fibrils themselves to have different physical, mechanical, or chemical properties.
In addition our IP strategy is to selectively file patents on applications of Nanofibrillated Cellulose. An example here includes a patent we filed for Improved Repair Mortars for Concrete Structures where Nanofibrillated Cellulose significantly improves the bonding strength of the overlay repair material (repair mortar) that is used to patch degrading concrete structures.

Has your technology already been implemented in any field/sector?:

Our major milestones in the past 6-12 months have been to secure lab evaluations and pilot/field trials with key customers within our target markets; and to receive positive ("go forward / commercialization green-light") responses from a number of these customers.

Which market and customer need(s)/problem(s) is (are) your products(s)/service(s) going to solve?:

For innovation leaders in advanced materials and specialty chemicals who need to enhance product performance, improve process efficiency, and increase sustainability content, we have developed Nanofibrillated Cellulose additives (sustainable nanostructured cellulose fibrils) that help deliver strength gains and rheology modifications for concrete and cementitious materials, polymer based materials, nonwoven materials, industrial fluids, and other performance-driven domains.

Team members
Gurminder Minhas Founder and Managing Director

25 years of successfully leading business and technology development, pilot plant construction and operation, and commercialization & operations scale-up for cellulose-based innovations, forestry products, biorefining, and bioeconomy products. Academic credentials include B.Sc. Chemistry (UBC) and M.B.A. (SFU).

Keith Gourlay Director of Technology Development

13 years of direct R&D focused on modification, conversion, hydrophobization, and optimization of wood fibre derived biomaterials and cellulosic fibres. Academic credentials include B.Sc. Biochemistry (Queen’s), M.Sc. Plant Biology (Imperial College London), and Ph.D. Forestry (UBC).

Geoffrey Fisher Director of Business Development

22 years of developing & commercializing advanced materials and fibers for high-performance applications in defence, security, industrial, energy, and related areas. Academic credentials include B.Eng. Materials (McMaster), P.Eng. (PEO Ontario), and Continuing Education in Digital & Social Media Marketing (Northwestern).

Trl
TRL 9 – actual system proven in operational environment (competitive manufacturing in the case of key enabling technologies; or in space)
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