Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), member and former chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, has selected BioLogiQ of Idaho Falls as the Idaho Small Business of the Month for September 2019. BioLogiQ will be recognized in the Congressional Record of the U.S. Senate.
“Globally, Idaho is renowned for our ‘Famous Idaho Potatoes,’ and recently, Idahoans have begun using their vast knowledge of the potato to innovate. As a result, new market-altering products are emerging, such as BioLogiQ, Inc.’s sustainable bioplastic resin,” said Risch.
Throughout his life, Idaho native Brad LaPray was deeply passionate about the agriculture industry, and as an adult developed a keen interest in bioplastics. Upon learning that a percentage of all potato starch goes unused when processing snacks like potato chips and French fries, LaPray determined there was an opportunity to turn excess potato starch into a renewable bioplastic resin. Thus, in 2011, BioLogiQ was born. BioLogiQ’s invention of the NuPlastiQ BioPolymer allows plastic manufacturers to make plastic products thinner and stronger to increase the sustainability of plastic products.
BioLogiQ represents the best of the Idaho business community with its commitment to innovation and its homegrown Idaho potato roots.
“Through their hard work, expertise, and desire to make a difference, BioLogiQ is now an industry-leading sustainable bioplastic resin provider. BioLogiQ is reshaping the bioplastic market and I have full faith they will continue to be successful,” said Risch. “I would like to extend my sincerest congratulations to Brad LaPray and all of the employees at BioLogiQ, Inc., for being selected as the Idaho Small Business of the Month for September 2019. You make our great State proud, and I look forward to watching your continued growth and success.”
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