About the EIC of the Journal, “Current Biotechnology”: Dr. Art J. Ragauskas


Professor, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry Georgia Institute of Technology


Ph.D., University of Western Ontario, 1985; B.Sc., University of Western Ontario, 1980

  • Art Ragauskas has been named the recipient of TAPPI’s 2014 Gunnar Nicholson 
    Gold Medal Award
  • Arthur J. Ragauskas is the 2014 recipient of the ACS Award for Affordable Green Chemistry sponsored by Dow Chemical and endowed by Rohm and Haas

Listed below are some recent and notable publications by Dr. Art J. Ragauskas:

  1. Article Title: “Supression of pseudo-lignin formation under dilute acid pretreatment conditions.”

Author(s): Hu, F.; Ragauskas

Journal Name: RCS Advances

For more details, visit: http://pubs.rsc.org/EN/content/articlelanding/2014/ra/c3ra42841a#!divAbstract


  1. Article Title: “Ice templated and cross-linked xylan/nanocrystalline cellulose hydrogels”

Author(s):  Köhnke, T.; Elder, T.; Theliander, H.; Ragauskas

Journal Name: Carbohydrate Polymers

For more details, visit: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S014486171300310X


  1. Article Title:  “Structural Characterization of Lignin in Wild-type versus COMT Down-regulated Switchgrass”.

Author(s): Samuel, R.; Pu, Y.; Jiang, N.; Fu, C,; Wang, Z.Y. Ragauskas, A.

Journal Name: Frontiers in Bioenergy and Biofuel

For more details, visit: http://journal.frontiersin.org/Journal/10.3389/fenrg.2013.00014/full


  1. Article Title: “The effect of deuteration on the structure of bacterial cellulose”

Author(s): Bali, G.; Foston, M.B.; O’Neill, H.M.; Evans, B. R.; He, J.; Ragauskas, A.J.

Journal Name: Carbohydrate Research

For more details, click: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0008621513001377


  1. Article Title: “Assessing the molecular structure basis for biomass recalcitrance during dilute acid and hydrothermal pretreatments”

Author(s):  Pu, Y.; Hu, F; Huang, F.; Davison, B. H.; Ragauskas, A.J. 

Journal Name: Biotechnology for Biofuels

For more information, visit: http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1754-6834-6-15.pdf


  1. Article Title: “The Comparison for the compositions of fast and slow pyrolysis oils by NMR characterization.”

Author(s):  Ben H.; Ragauskas, A.J. 

Journal Name: Bioresource Technology

For more details, visit: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24013295


  1. Article Title: “Hydrodeoxygenation by deuterium gas – a powerful way to provide insight into the reaction mechanisms.”

Author(s): Ben, H.; Ferguson, G.A.; Mu, W.; Pu, Y.; Huang, F.; Jarvis, M.; Biddy, M; Deng, Y.; Ragauskas, A.J.

Journal Name: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics.

For more information, click: http://pubs.rsc.org/en/Content/ArticleLanding/2013/CP/C3CP53409J#!divAbstract



  1. Article Title: “Production of renewable gasoline from aqueous phase hydrogenation of lignin pyrolysis oil”

Author(s): Ben, H.; Mu, W.; Deng, Y.; Ragauskas, A.J.

Journal Name: Fuel.

For more information, visit: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S001623611200676X

Definition: Co-founder agreement

Once you’ve settled on a co-founder or co-founders, it’s necessary to set up a written agreement, said Jason Greenberg, assistant professor at New York University’s business school. “Co-founder agreements are critical,” he said, but that doesn’t mean they’re simple.


A standardized co-founder agreement should be used only as a baseline, Greenberg said, because many agreements are idiosyncratic to the relationship. While it might seem easier — and cheaper — to consult your family lawyer on a co-founder agreement, Greenberg advised seeking a law firm that has experience working with startups. Co-founders can iron out the broad parameters of the agreement on their own, he said, but it’s ultimately a good idea to seek outside advice from someone experienced.

[Source: http://entrepreneurship.org/]

What should I look for in a co-founder?


Trust — both interpersonally and in a business context — is the most important quality to look for in a co-founder, said Jason Greenberg, assistant professor at New York University’s business school. “That’s not easy to access,” he said.

Contingent upon that trust, Greenberg added, is finding functional diversity in someone with complementary skills. Team members’ roles within the company should be well defined, said Geoffrey Clapp, an entrepreneur and mentor at Rock Health. “One co-founder should say of the other, ‘I don’t know how they do that. It’s magic to me,’” he said.

[Source: entrepreneurship.org/]

Why healthcare startups should consider international funding


It’s no secret that fundraising is one of the toughest jobs of an early-stage healthcare entrepreneur. “There’s a lot of noise in healthcare,” said Asif Khan, founder and CEO ofCaremerge, a care coordination platform for senior living communities. “When it comes to healthcare IT and tech, not a whole lot of people understand it because it’s tied to regulations.”


While Caremerge had paying customers in the U.S., Khan said, investors weren’t willing to fund the company due to concerns about regulations. “We decided to go outside [the U.S.],” he said, considering aging is a global issue. “We got European investors.” Khan and his co-founders used their international connections to find the right investors. “When it comes to fundraising,” he said, “all connections are a possibility.”


Here are other entrepreneurial insights from Khan:

Don’t rush team building – As much as an early-stage healthcare startup wants to grow fast, Khan said, it’s better to take the time to find the right person for the job. “If that’s missing,” he said, “you slow everybody down.” Make sure every hire, especially for senior-level positions, Khan said, is the right fit for the company’s culture. “We need to continue our growth by adding the right people,” he said.


Pound the pavement to find customers – Sometimes good, old-fashioned legwork is the best way to find early customers, Khan said. “I just walked into senior living facilities,” he said. “People invited me with open arms. They said, ‘Finally, somebody’s thinking of these things!’” Khan said that after he described the problem and how his product would solve it, the Caremerge team was invited to talk to seniors and conduct focus groups.


Use the first customer to attract others – Once your startup snags its first customer, Khan said, the next one is easier. Caremerge charged its first customer at a discounted rate, he said, and used the experience to build promotional materials for the startup. “We had a case study, video testimonials, and a press release,” Khan said. “We extracted a lot from the first one.”


[Source: entrepreneur.org]

Bentham Science Launches “Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship”

ImageBentham Science Publishers is proud to announce the launch of a new journal, Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship in April 2014. This latest journal is available in both electronic and print versions. The inaugural journal issue is available online for free via: http://benthamscience.com/journal/contents.php?journalID=tte&issueID=121670

Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship publishes definite review articles including case histories covering a broad range of topics that underline the business of biomedical and research, specifically translating basic scientific discoveries into commercial opportunities.  

For more details on this new journal, visit the website:Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship.  

About the EIC of the Journal, “Current Biotechnology”: Dr. Art J. Ragauskas


Dr. Ragauskas is the Editor in Chief of the Journal Current Biotechnology. He is the Associate Editor for several major industry journals including Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, Industrial Biotechnology, and TAPPI Journal and also serves on several advisory boards and review panels including National Science Academy, USDA, DOE and the TAPPI Research Management Committee. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario and H. B.Sc. from University of Western Ontario.

Dr.  Ragauskas has been named the recipient of TAPPI’s 2014 Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award. The award, the highest honor that the Association can bestow upon an individual, will be presented to Dr. Ragauskas at the 2014 PaperCon Conference Awards Dinner on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.

“TAPPI is very pleased to announce that Art Ragauskas will receive the 2014 Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal award in recognition of the many important contributions he’s made to the industry as both an educator and as a prominent research scientist,” notes Larry N. Montague, president and CEO of TAPPI. “This award recognizes the importance and the impact of his work. He’s been instrumental in training many of the key scientists at work in the industry today while also conducting important research that has advanced our understanding of the science in areas such as his current focus on biofuels and bio-based materials.”

Ragauskas is Professor, BioEnergy Science Center, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Institute of Paper Science and Technology, at Georgia Institute of Technology. He held the first Fulbright Chair in Alternative Energy and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, International Academy of Wood Science and TAPPI. He is the recipient of the 2014 ACS Affordable Green Chemistry award. His multifaceted research program at Georgia Tech is seeking to understand and exploit innovative sustainable bioresources to develop new and improved applications for renewable biopolymers for biofuels, biopower, and bio-based materials and chemicals.