Benanova, Inc. is a research and development company spun from NC State University. We have pioneered the development of a new class of eco- friendly, functionally active, and sustainable materials based on a widely available, bio-degradable and bio-renewable resource – lignin. In response to COVID-19 Benanova has accelerated the development of finishing technologies for specialty and performance textiles.
Our vision is to build a successful company with strong and robust growth based on our commitment and passion for development and commercialization of innovative, high performance functional material solutions which by design are scalable, cost-efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly. We also aim to be an organization with reduced carbon footprint and plan on becoming carbon neutral in three to five years.
We will make our vision a reality by approaching scientific discoveries with entrepreneurial attitude and also being mindful about our environmental and social responsibilities. Our innovative strength is rooted in upcycling sustainable byproducts from biomass processing into high value materials utilizing green chemistry processes. A key benefit of our nature inspired materials and products is that by design they are non-persistent and will fully degrade after use featuring high post-utilization safety.
Dr. Anka Veleva
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Dr. Veleva brings to Benanova nearly two decade of entrepreneurial experience in several ventures in the life sciences sector. She will lead the transition from research to development to commercialization of Benanova’s proprietary technologic platform for creating safe and sustainable material solutions across multiple markets.
Dr. Orlin Velev
President and Founder
Dr. Velev is the S. Frank and Doris Culberson Distinguished Professor at the NCSU Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He is a world-renowned leader in innovative studies of colloids, biosensors, microfluidics and responsive soft matter. Dr. Velev is a recipient of numerous prestigious national and international awards.
Dr. Simeon Stoyanov
Dr. Stoyanov has more than 20 years of global industrial experience, leading diverse cross-functional and multi-cultural innovation teams in Fortune 500 fast consumer goods companies. He oversaw the development and commercialization of dozens of consumer products. He is an inventor of numerous international patents.
Dr. Xiao Jiang
Dr. Jiang graduated from the Department of Forest Biomaterials at North Carolina State University. His expertise is in organic-, polymer- and wood-chemistry and chemical engineering. He is skilled in biomass conversion processes and possesses deep knowledge on a wide range of analytical techniques for material characterization.
Dr. Imon Khan
Dr. Khan has over 10 years of experience in industrial and academic settings spanning various textile and nonwoven markets. Expertise in the Textiles & Apparel industry including Materials Development, Technical Project Management, Innovation, Manufacturing, Global Sourcing, Customer Interactions, and Trend Analysis among others.