Welcome to The BioSolve® Company, manufacturers and distributors of the leading hydrocarbon mitigation agent™, BioSolve®.
'A Trusted Solution for Hydrocarbon Clean-up for Over 30 years'
Formulated and tested in the mid -1970s through the mid-1980s, BioSolve has been used by professionals for over 30 years to:
BioSolve is a proprietary, water-based, biodegradable formulation of surfactants and performance additives that work together to provide unique functionality:
BioSolve is the industry leader because it is both easy to use and highly effective. It is the environmentally responsible and worker friendly alternative both to foam sprays and solvent-based cleaners.
The BioSolve Story from 1975
The BioSolve story starts in 1975 when an entrepreneur named Ron LaRoche and a talented chemist named Ed Hosmer began working together to develop an innovative surfactant formulation. The product concept was a replacement for sprayed foam used in suppressing volatile vapors and reducing fire hazard associated with fuel spills. Customers needed an alternative to foam that not was only effective and reliable, but just as important: easy to use and safe for both the workers and the environment.
During the 1970’s and 80’s, the product was tested and retested in cooperation with local fire departments and firefighting training academies in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Canada. Field testing and demonstrations were carried out with numerous formulations in order that the product could be proven viable on a wide range of fuels, including those with additives. Ron’s chemical distribution company, Metra Chem began selling BioSolve to fire departments and emergency responders from late 1975’s and throughout the 1980’s.
The final formulation of BioSolve proved highly effective not only in suppression of hazardous vapors from hydrocarbon spills, but also in a wide range of related applications that called for encapsulation and mobilization of hydrocarbon molecules. Once Ron realized the commercial potential of BioSolve, he discontinued selling other chemical products. In 1989 he closed Metra Chem and founded The Westford Chemical Corporation to focus exclusively on commercializing BioSolve. For the next twenty years Ron, eventually joined by his son Steve, developed BioSolve customers in a wide range of industries, across the US and in over two dozen foreign countries.
In the fall of 2009, Ron was approached by James Edgerly and Karl Loos regarding the sale of the BioSolve business. The two had worked together in the Chemical Industries practice at the management consulting firm, Arthur D. Little, Inc. during the 1980’s. Since that time, Jim had started and developed two successful businesses and Karl had developed his own consulting practice and served as an executive at Sovereign Specialty Chemicals.
The sale of the BioSolve business took place in June of 2010, allowing Ron to look for new opportunities with his wife Sueyo. The new owners set up offices for The BioSolve Company in Lexington, Massachusetts while leaving manufacturing operations unchanged.
Emergency Spill Response
BioSolve eliminates fire and explosion hazard when applied to a fuel spill. Sprayed onto the spill in a diluted solution, BioSolve encapsulates hydrocarbon molecules on contact, thus enabling responders to extinguish Class A and Class B (hydrocarbon) fires. As hydrocarbon molecules become encapsulated, the LEL (Lower Explosion Limit) will immediately decline and, with proper agitation, will register “0.” Application of BioSolve also ...
Tank Cleaning & Tank Degassing
BioSolve is a proven tool used in the process of solubilizing tank bottoms and other types of hydrocarbon-based sludge. Pressure spray application of BioSolve solution, followed by agitation, allows for the rapid conversion of residual hydrocarbons in sludge and tank bottoms to an aqueous phase, while at the same time knocking down dangerous VOC vapors and reducing hydrogen sulfide release. BioSolve is also used as a surface cleaner so that vessel ...