Tjerk de Ruiter - Corbion

“BBI JU funding has been instrumental to stimulate breakthrough innovation for the bio-based and circular economy in Europe”


Tjerk de Ruiter is Chief Executive Officer of Corbion. Before joining Corbion he was CEO and President of LS9, an industrial biotechnology company based in San Francisco USA which was later sold to a US biodiesel company, Renewable Energy Group (REG). Mr. De Ruiter spent twelve years at Danisco where he served as the CEO of the Genencor division, a leading industrial biotechnology company, and a member of the Danisco Executive Committee. Previously, Mr. De Ruiter spent eleven years with Quest International. Mr. de Ruiter received his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University Nijenrode in Breukelen, Netherlands and his Masters of International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management, Thunderbird.

Corbion, a Dutch global market leader in lactic acid, lactic acid derivatives, and lactides, is partner in BBI JU project FUNGUSCHAIN - Valorisation of mushroom offcuts to obtain high value products.

Corbio’s main tasks in the project will cover are making commercially available PLA, based on Corbion lactide technology, available for the consortium. Corbion will also characterize of the developed additives, made from agro-food residues, in PLA resin based on Corbion Lactide technology.