Jean-François (J-F) Huc, President and CEO of BioAmber, the 2014 winner of SCI Canada`s International Award, is widely recognised as one of Canada’s most innovative business leaders. He successfully leveraged international technology, business, and financial partnerships to revolutionize the way everyday products are made using chemistry inspired by nature.
Huc is a Canadian who acquired a US-developed technology for converting glucose to bio-based succinic acid using industrial biotechnology. He scaled up the process in France; commercialized it in Canada and funded it with the help of Wall Street investors, a Japanese corporate partner, and support from Canadian federal and provincial funding organizations. He recruited a corporate team from around the world; established international R&D and product development partnerships and found a global market for his products.
Huc is a great example of a Canadian entrepreneur who took a start-up company to international commercial success using a global, open innovation approach to commercialisation.