Innovation: Shaping The Future

May 7, 2018

Today, we would like to touch on innovation, and how our company has learned new ways to innovate. Blue Marble is a world-leading innovation house specializing in biomimetic techniques, microbial polyculture, and natural product development. Our story began in 2007, and we have continuously innovated in the realm of natural and nature-inspired ingredients, non-GMO manufacturing pathways, and product development ever since. Throughout the course of our journey, we have developed custom solutions for consumer packaged goods companies, flavor houses, and ingredient producers within the food and personal care industries. We are excited to have had the opportunity to help our clients shape their products to meet the changing demands of consumers while maintaining our status as a leading innovator working towards sustainability and a brighter future for our planet.

To achieve these goals, we develop ingredients and finished products that do one or more of the following:

  • Promote sustainability in manufacturing processes, reducing waste product or eliminating it altogether
  • Serve as natural replacements for synthetic ingredients, lending to clean labeling claims and
  • Meet consumer demands by improving flavor, texture, smell, and social awareness (natural products, non-GMO, etc.)

A major risk in any industry is stagnation, when new ideas are hard to come by and when maintaining the status quo becomes more important than innovation.  This is the forefront of our mission, where we help established companies or startups become disruptive by using our unique innovative processes. However, we do not simply operate within the food and cosmetic spaces.  What makes Blue Marble so versatile?

A Recipe for Success

“Innovation as a service” can be a tricky business; conceptually, it works much like “software as a service” without the software, and instead replacing it with research and development.  Since research and development occurs in almost every organization, regardless of industry, we have to be able to apply our solutions to a myriad of situations.  In order to be successful in these ventures, we have assembled an energetic and talented team that embodies the tenets of innovation, customer service, scientific expertise, and business strategy.  We harbor an ecosystem of talent, creativity, and technology to provide novel solutions to existing problems.


Our science team is comprised of chemical engineers, biological engineers, mechanical engineers, analytical chemists, organic chemists, microbiologists, and microbial ecologists.  Despite our current focus on cultivating solutions for food and fragrance suppliers, we have also worked on projects in disciplines including:

  • pharmceuticals
  • environmental microbiology
  • bioremediation
  • biofilms
  • biofuels
  • climate change research
  • virology
  • anaerobic digestion
  • wastewater cleanup

How did we become so successful at solving problems within the food industry?  Our alternative perspectives allow us to tackle problems from a different angle.  We apply ideas and theories from other industries into our current work flow. Who would try to use ideas that have stemmed out of bioremediation into the food industry?  Blue Marble would, and we do it with great success.

Franny Gilman

Senior Vice President

Dr. Frances Gilman is the VP of Research and Development for Blue Marble Biomaterials, having attained a B.S. in Biology and a Ph.D. in Microbial Ecology.