Rethinking Remediation From the Ground Up
Chris Young, founder of Biotech Restorations was born with chemistry in his blood. A third generation chemist, he launched his career straight out of college and has worked in the industry in a variety of roles ever since.
Through the years, as industry put more and more emphasis on production and virtually zero on environmental health side-effects, Chris was consistently tasked with the challenge of cleaning up the dirty work associated with mass chemical production.
By 2001, Chris had had enough of solving problems associated with loose industry standards and decided to take matters into his own hands.
Armed with years of experience, Chris had gleaned an understanding of where the damage was being done, how it was being covered up, and what needed to happen to begin to solve the bigger problem. The chlorination in insecticides, pesticides and other compounds was blocking the indigenous bacteria from secreting the enzymes that were needed to allow Mother Nature to de-chlorinate and breakdown these cancer-causing contaminants.
Knowing where to look, Chris and his team members were soon able to generate lab level positive results in remediating chlorinated soil contaminants. The dedicated work continued and expanded to include remediation solutions for a broad range of the most hazardous commercial chemicals and contaminants being commercially sold and appearing in the soil at harmful levels.
After much trial and error, Chris was able to consistently and commercially demonstrate efficacy of our solution in the field. He knew then that he could put together specialty baskets of proteins that mimicked those being blocked by chlorination. And he knew that these products and solutions were ready for commercialization.
When Chris and I met in 2013, I had nearly 10 years of environmental and biotech experience and had just completed a 3 year role as global head of environment for a biotech company where we were focused on cleaning up wastewater around the world. This unique perspective allowed me to quickly understand that Chris had developed something extremely special. And I also understood some of the challenges in commercializing disruptive technologies in the field of environmental management. Before formalizing a plan to join Chris and launch Biotech Restorations in its current form, I wanted to ensure that we had the answer to two key questions:
1) Could we technically, efficiently solve for these huge real world problems that were being handed down to next generations?
2) Could we also do this while saving clients significant money?
With the answer to those questions being an emphatic yes, in February we transformed Chris’ decade long proving ground effort into the commercial enterprise you see here. The demand for our solution is massive and difficult to quantify due to its sheer size and scope.