BioMADE: Strengthening the Domestic Bioindustrial Manufacturing Ecosystem

When: Apr 30, 2024, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Online Webinar

Biomanufacturing uses biological systems, including plants and microbes, to create new materials or alternatives to existing everyday materials like plastics, chemicals, fabrics, and nutraceuticals. By some estimates, up to 60% of materials in the global consumer product supply chain could be produced biologically, resulting in domestic economic growth while lowering embodied carbon emissions and reducing environmental pollution. This webinar will review current trends in biomanufacturing with BioMADE, a non-profit Manufacturing Innovation Institute supported by the Department of Defense, which is working to enable domestic bioindustrial research, commercialization, and manufacturing at all scales. The presentation will cover how manufacturing institutes work, how small-medium sized manufacturers can evaluate opportunities for integrating biomaterials into their supply chains, and how faculty, startups, and K-12 schools can partner on projects intended to advance US bioindustrial product research, development, and education. A selection of BioMADE’s Technical and Education & Workforce Development projects will be featured as case studies.

BioMADE is a Manufacturing Innovation Institute catalyzed by the U.S. Department of Defense. By supporting the development of biomanufacturing technologies, BioMADE and its network of 275+ members across 38 states are strengthening American competitiveness, creating a more resilient supply chain, re-shoring manufacturing jobs, and producing more sustainable products without relying on foreign sources of energy. BioMADE is also building a diverse and globally competitive STEM workforce to ensure American workers are prepared and ready to fill new jobs within this rapidly growing industry. Learn more about BioMADE by visiting


Speakers include:

David Nathan, Senior Technology Manager, BioMade

David Nathan is a Senior Technology Program Manager at BioMADE. David has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He has 30 years of experience in R&D, process development, scale-up and commercialization of products in the food and beverage sector. Most recently David was a Research and Development leader driving new product development, process technology and systems improvements at Land O’Lakes.


Louise Petruzzella, Senior Project Manager for Education and Workforce Development, BioMade

Louise is the Senior Project Manager for Education and Workforce Development at BioMADE. Louise is a self-directed and collaborative leader with 20+ years of experience educating tomorrow’s leaders, plus nine years dedicated to the design of forward-thinking educational programming to maximize opportunities and outcomes. She currently serves as a mentor for the National Science Foundation’s Mentorlinks program. The MentorLinks: Advancing Technological Education program, supported by the National Science Foundation is designed to help colleges develop or strengthen technician training programs in STEM fields through mentoring, professional development opportunities, and technical assistance. She is also a member of National Executive Leadership Council for NSF Cell and Tissue Advanced Manufacturing. She continues to volunteer as a proposal reviewer for the National Science Foundation ATE program.

Laura Vitko, Director of Strategic Partnerships, BioMade

Laura Vitko is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at BioMADE. A firm believer in the power of connecting people, resources, and ideas, she looks forward to helping your organization build new partnerships and access new opportunities through the BioMADE ecosystem. She has an M.A. in Education and her professional background includes supporting academic libraries and museums with research, communications, development, and membership programs. She is inspired by the development of innovative technologies and pathways to new educational opportunities made possible by the collaboration of BioMADE’s talented members.