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March 9, 2011
The governments of Norway and the U.K. have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to form a three-year R&D collaboration in the fields of industrial biotechnology and...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Norway-and-U-K-Agree-on-Biotech-R-and-D-Partnership_33303.html
March 9, 2011
The two firms also signed a nonbinding letter of intent that provides Dow with the option of buying 20 million gallons of Solazyme’s oils in 2013 and up to 60 million gallons in 2015....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Dow-Taps-Solazyme-for-Biobased-Dielectric-Insulating-Fluid-Development-Deal_33306.html
March 8, 2011
Chromatin says the non-exclusive, royalty-bearing license will help it advance the use of sorghum as a “sustainable source of sugar, starch, and lignocellulose.”...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Chromatin-Licenses-Advantas-Sorghum-Germplasm_33261.html
March 7, 2011
Metabolix (Cambridge, MA) says it has demonstrated higher yields of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), the building block of its first commercial biobased plastic, in genetically engineered tobacco plants....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Metabolix-Advances-Program-to-Produce-Plastics-Directly-in-Plants_33234.html
March 7, 2011
BASF and Evolva Holding (Reinach, Switzerland), an innovative synthetic biology company,  have signed an agreement for joint research and design of novel and optimized...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/BASF-and-Evolva-Sign-Agreement-to-Collaborate-in-Crop-Protection_33231.html
March 3, 2011
Codexis (Redwood City), an innovator in the field of enzymes technology this week disclosed that it is making good progress in the development of enzymes for use in carbon capture and...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Chemical-Industry-Weekly-Innovation-Round-up-March-3_33190.html
March 3, 2011
Electronics giant Samsung says it has formed a joint venture company with Quintiles, a top-tier pharma services group to support its entry into the contract manufacture of...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Samsung-Enters-Contract-Biopharma-Sector_33189.html
March 3, 2011
Synthetic biology firm Amyris (Emeryville, CA) says it has signed a contract manufacturing deal for Antibióticos (Madrid) to manufacture farnesene at its León, Spain...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Amyris-Signs-Fourth-Manufacturing-Deal_33188.html
March 3, 2011
BASF says it plans to build a 60,000-m.t./year sodium methylate plant at its Rosario, Argentina site. The plant will be the company’s second sodium methylate facility in South...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/BASF-to-Build-Sodium-Methylate-Plant-in-Argentina_33186.html
March 1, 2011
Genomatica announced today that it has raised $45 million in funding, which the company will use to complete demonstrate-scale production and early commercialization efforts for its first product, biobased 1,4-butanediol (BDO).   The money will also be used to advance other biobased chemicals in the company’s pipeline....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Genomatica-Raises-$45-Million_33153.html
March 1, 2011
Codexis (Redwood City), an enzymes technology firm, yesterday said it is making “significant progress” in its development of a commercial-scale enzyme that can reduce the...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Codexis-Expands-into-Industrial-Applications-Unveils-Carbon-Capture-Technology_33133.html
February 28, 2011
DuPont stood behind its previously announced outlook for its Applied Bioscience business,  saying it still expects biofuels and biomaterials to generate a combined $1 billion in revenues and $250 million in earnings by 2015....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/DuPont-Advancing-Biobased-Portfolio_33113.html
February 25, 2011
This Week on CW: BASF's profits rose as economic conditions continued to improve, and the company is optimistic about 2011. At CW's annual India conference, speakers said the country...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Chemical-Industry-Weekly-News-Round-Up-Feb-25_33098.html
February 22, 2011
Under the agreement, DuPont will provide proprietary traits and technologies to Advanta to develop seeds with increased productivity....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/DuPont-Advanta-Sign-Sorghum-Partnership_32961.html
February 22, 2011
Biochemical maker Myriant Technologies says it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Davy Process Technology (DPT; London), a Johnson Matthey subsidiary, covering the use of Myriant’s biobased succinic acid in DPT’s butanediol, tetrahydrofuran, and gamma-butylolactone process technology. The MOU covers the non-exclusive testing and approval of Myriant’s succinic acid as feedstock for the DPT process and an exclusive joint development agreement to integrate Myriant’s biobased succinic acid technology with Davy butanediol technology....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Myriant-Davy-Process-Technology-Sign-MOU_32895.html
February 17, 2011
DuPont says it plans to invest more than $50 million over the next five years to expand its genetically modified soybean R&D facilities at Wilmington, DE and Newark, DE. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/DuPont-Announces-Investment-in-Soybean-Development_32917.html
February 17, 2011
Steps were taken this week toward enhancing the safety of nanomaterials: The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC; Brussels) yesterday officially opened the first...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/CWs-Weekly-Innovation-News-Round-up-Feb-17_32912.html
February 15, 2011
Sanofi-Aventis says it has entered into a definitive agreement with biotechnology company Genzyme (Cambridge, MA), under which Sanofi-Aventis will acquire Genzyme for $74/share in...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Sanofi-Aventis-to-Acquire-Genzyme-for-$20-1-Billion_32884.html
February 15, 2011
Lanxess says it has increased its minority stake in Gevo (Englewood, CO) to 9.1% after investing $17 million in the biofuel and biochemical firm’s IPO last week. The move reflects “the good progress,” made by both companies in developing isobutene from renewable resources, says Lanxess....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Lanxess-Increases-Stake-in-Biobased-Isobutanol-Firm_32865.html
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