The state of our planet is a never-ending topic of discussion. Climate change is a true threat to the wellbeing of the Earth and over the years, many people have come forward to discuss ideas and plans for change. But a big surprise came from a man in his 80s. Marshall Medoff, an amateur scientist, always thought outside the box about any problem he had in life. This included thinking about climate change and how to better manage pollution. He came up with the idea of how to help the planet while he was on one of his regular walks to Walden Pond in Massachusetts.
Marshall Medoff’s hope in biology
According to Medoff, he was convinced that plant life was capable of saving the world. Although he wasn’t an expert in biology, he believed in the power of nutrients provided by plants. Of course, this is something biologists have been aware of for a while, but due to the complexity of plants, it was impossible to extract these biomass nutrients and test their effects. Medoff insisted that these nutrients are the secret to saving our planet.
Most people would consider retirement at 81, but that was when Medoff truly found his passion for making the world a better place. Medoff believed that although plant cellulose biomass can’t be digested by humans, this rare type of sugar was found to not rot human teeth. This was enough to convince him there are many more benefits to these sugars, but extracting them came with great difficulty. As a so-called amateur scientist, he didn’t have a team to support him or a laboratory where he could carry out these operations. But we all know that big businesses often start their journey in small places. Medoff started his experiments in his garage, often working late into the night and soon dedicated his entire life to his mission.
The birth of Xyleco
Medoff’s home lab started to grow and over time, it completely took over his life. He soon realized he needed help and partnered with an MIT chemist Craig Masterman. They called the company Xyleco. They developed a testing site and worked on an electron accelerator that helped extract biomass on a molecular level. With this technology, they were able to work on the extraction of plant nutrients, something scientists have struggled with for years.
Medoff’s team developed hundreds of patents to prove that his technology works and could be used by scientists around the world. His belief in the power of plants helped extract important biomass.
Biomass could solve pollution
Medoff’s belief is that biomass could produce biofuel, replacing oil that is harmful to the environment. Instead, vehicles would use plant-based oil that would not only work just as effectively as its predecessor but would also combat the planet’s problem with pollution.
In the future, Medoff also wants to replace regular plastic with plastic made from plants. This would ensure a more eco-friendly manufacturing process. Of course, Medoff’s dreams and findings came with plenty of raised eyebrows from certified scientists who claimed that the company would have to use significant energy for the electron accelerators to work. However, there were also those who were fully on board with the idea of extracting plant biomasses to create a new sustainable world. It may take several years before Xyleco unlocks the true potential of its experiments, but Medoff’s supporters believe the company’s on the right track to contribute to the planet’s wellbeing.
Inspired by this potentially world-changing business that started in a garage? This man managed to earn thousands of dollars with his creation that started from the exact same area of the house.
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