MHG chosen to receive 2016 Phoenix Award

Published 6:27 pm Friday, January 29, 2016

From Staff Reports

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On Jan. 28, 2016, biopolymer manufacturer MHG received the distinguished Phoenix Award presented by the Metro Atlanta Chamber Bioscience Leadership Council and Georgia Bio. MHG was awarded based on their broadening sponsored research support and involvement with the University of Georgia’s Engineering faculty, as well as expanding their laboratory footprint in Athens.

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“We are honored to receive this revered award this year for our work with academic institutions and research,” stated Phil Van Trump Officer of MHG. “Our company has come a long way this past year and our research and laboratories at the University of Georgia and other schools have played a major role in our progress. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with UGA as we advance in the industry.”

Last year, the company announced the expansion of their research and development capabilities through an arrangement with UGA, which allowed them to open a specialty lab on campus and gain access to the University’s unique resources to further advance formulas to meet customer’s needs.

Additionally, the company contributed $50,000 to Dr. Jenna Jambeck’s research group at the University of Georgia, which would be used to test MHG’s PHA and analyze it against other materials in a marine environment. The Phoenix Award recognizes organizations who focus on education and innovation, while also contributing to the growth of the bioscience industry in the state of Georgia. According to the Metro Atlanta Chamber Bioscience Leadership Council and Georgia Bio, the award represents the legend of the Phoenix “rising from the ashes”.

The rebirth of the bird is a symbol of strength, tenacity and leadership. Nearly 300 leaders from Georgia’s Life Sciences Industry come together each year to recognize the achievements and honors in the industry. This year, the 18th Annual Dinner will take place at the Fabulous Fox Theater located in Atlanta at 6 p.m.