TryEco appoints President and announces R&D outcomes

Start-up executive Steve Jennings joins as President, while new product formulations are validated by Oregon State University

PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- TryEco®, LLC, a biodegradable polymer chemistry company, announced today that the company's board has appointed Steve Jennings as President.  Mr. Jennings comes to TryEco with successful start-up company experience in chemistry, hardware and software product companies. During his career he has held executive and C level positions in sales, marketing and general management with both large and small firms serving multiple end-user markets globally. 

"TryEco has achieved patented breakthroughs with our latest super absorbent polymer solutions to address the water efficiency crisis in agriculture," said Nick Fowler, Executive Chairman, of TryEco.  "We are pleased that an executive of Steve's caliber has joined the TryEco team to lead the organization through our next growth phases."

With a history of successful entrepreneurial ventures, Mr. Jennings, as VP Marketing of Serveron, was a member of the turn-around executive team for the venture-backed chemical monitoring start-up that grew it into the global industry leader.  Upon Serveron's acquisition by BPL Global, Mr. Jennings became Chief Marketing Officer of the combined venture-backed companies.  BPL Global was subsequently acquired by Qualitrol, a Danaher Company, and Mr. Jennings was most recently VP and General Manager of Serveron and VP Marketing for its parent company, Qualitrol.

TryEco is also announcing outcomes from Oregon BEST funded research with TryEco and Oregon State University.  The Oregon BEST-funded research project has provided TryEco with access to world-class laboratories and researchers at Oregon State University performing detailed chemical analysis and characterization of TryEco's next generation super absorbent polymer formulations.  Vince Remcho, Professor and Patricia Valian Reser Faculty Scholar at Oregon State University, indicated "Our collaboration with TryEco is providing my research group members with valuable experience in developing new characterization tools and methods for novel super-absorbent polymers.  The connection with Oregon industry is another distinct benefit to my group members.  It is exciting to be engaged with a "green" company working to benefit Oregon agriculture.  Our results thus far demonstrate that TryEco's unique formulations offer benefits that are new to the industry."

Oregon State University's Remcho Research Group has evaluated TryEco's novel super absorbent polymer products with facilities and personnel not available to a young technology company.  "We're pleased that we have enabled TryEco to move forward with independent analysis of their products, thereby reducing their product development cycles and time-to-market" said Vince Remcho.

"I am pleased to be joining TryEco at this critical time in the company's history," said Steve Jennings, President, of TryEco.  "With unique patent-protected formulations and independent product validation by university researchers, TryEco is poised for growth as it contributes to sustainable agricultural practices."

About TryEco, LLC TryEco™

TryEco, LLC innovates and develops biodegradable superabsorbent polymers (SAPs) for agricultural applications.  The company's line of SAPs are soil amendments and seed coatings that enable a water efficient growing process which improves soil tilth and biologics resulting in increased crop marketable yield.

TryEco Contact: Cameron Forni, TryEco, LLC,, 855-879-8793 (855-Try-TryEco)

About Oregon State University Oregon State University

OSU is one of only two U.S. universities designated a land-, sea-, space- and sun-grant institution. OSU is also Oregon's only university to hold both the Carnegie Foundation's top designation for research institutions and its prestigious Community Engagement classification. Its more than 26,000 students come from all 50 states and more than 90 nations. OSU programs touch every county within Oregon, and its faculty teach and conduct research on issues of national and global importance.

About Oregon BEST

Oregon BEST is the nexus for clean technology innovation, building capability, convening collaborations, and accelerating solutions to environmental challenges that deliver prosperity in all corners of Oregon. Oregon BEST brings together Oregon's significant R&D strengths in clean technology to support the commercialization of new products and services. Since establishment in 2007, Oregon BEST's 250-plus Member Faculty have generated more than $146 million in research revenue from federal, industry and foundation sources to Oregon. At its four partner universities (Oregon Institute of Technology, Oregon State University, Portland State University, and University of Oregon), Oregon BEST has established a network of nine Oregon BEST Labs, which are shared-user research facilities. Oregon BEST Early-Stage Investments are competitively awarded to collaborations between entrepreneurs and Oregon BEST Member Faculty at partner universities.

Oregon BEST Contact: Ken Vaughn, Director of Commercialization Programs,, 503-725-9801

Media Contact: Cameron Forni, TryEco LLC, 5039390561,

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