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March 8, 2010
Wacker Chemie has opened a new production facility for pharmaceutical proteins at its Jena, Germany site. The plant is part of Wacker's program to enlarge its biotech operations. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Wacker-Opens-New-Biologics-Facility-at-Jena_25215.html
March 3, 2010
DuPont and Bio Architecture Lab will jointly focus on improving domestic macroalgae aquaculture; converting macroalgae to bio-available sugars; converting those sugars to isobutanol; and economic and environmental optimization of the production process....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/DuPont-Developing-Macroalgae-to-Isobutanol-Process_25154.html
March 1, 2010
Merck KGaA and life sciences company Millipore (Billerica, MA) say they have entered into a definitive agreement, under which Merck KGaA will acquire all outstanding shares of...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Merck-KGaA-to-Acquire-Millipore-for-$7-2-Billion_25087.html
February 25, 2010
Lek (Ljubljana, Slovenia), a Sandoz subsidiary, says it has opened a new facility for the production of biopharmaceutical active substances at Mengeš, Slovenia. The new...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Sandoz-Subsidiary-Opens-Biopharma-Facility-in-Slovenia_24984.html
February 23, 2010
The company expects to complete the pilot-scale work later this year, and has retained Merrick & Company (San Diego) to design its demonstration and commercial manufacturing plants, due online in 2011 and 2013 respectively....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Start-up-Advances-Biobased-Acrylic-Acid-Production-Process_24861.html
February 22, 2010
Cambrex’s president and CEO Steven M. Klosk tells CW he is optimistic that the business is well placed for growth. Speaking at the recent Informex expo in San Francisco, Klosk...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Cambrex-CEO-Optimistic-for-2010-Seeks-New-Technologies_24912.html
February 19, 2010
Dishman Pharmaceuticals & Chemicals (Ahmedabad, India) says it has formed an alliance with biotechnology company Codexis (Redwood City, CA), for the use of Codexis’...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Dishman-Forms-Alliance-with-Codexis_24889.html
February 11, 2010
The company says its technology is 1,000 to 5,000 times faster than conventional genetic engineering methods, creating optimized microbes and bioprocesses "within months rather than years."...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Start-up-Advances-Biobased-Acrylic-Production-Process_24722.html
February 11, 2010
OriginOil (Los Angeles), a start-up company developing a process for converting algae into oil, says it has commissioned its pilot facility at its Los Angeles headquarters. The company...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Start-up-Brings-Algae-to-Oil-Pilot-Plant-Online_24631.html
February 10, 2010
Some start-ups entering the biofuels sector already are revealing themselves as winners in certain market applications even though there is no shortage of mature biofuel companies...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Biofuels-Firms-Rated-New-Order-Emerges_24679.html
February 10, 2010
The Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF; New Delhi) says that, following a series of nationwide consultations, it has decided to put on hold the commercial cultivation and...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/India-Puts-on-Hold-Genetically-Modified-Food-Crop_24674.html
February 5, 2010
A committee representing European Union (EU) member states has accepted a European Commission proposal to direct funds raised from the region’s emissions trading scheme (ETS)...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/EU-Agrees-to-Pump-Billions-of-Dollars-into-CCS-and-Renewables_24607.html
February 3, 2010
ZeaChem (Lakewood, CO), a bioprocessing firm, says it has successfully tested a fermentation process for manufacturing acetic acid from renewable biomass to a scale of 5,000 liters, up...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/ZeaChem-Scales-up-Biomass-to-acetic-Acid-Process_24559.html
January 29, 2010
Using algae for generating biomass energy is less efficient than using switchgrass, canola or corn, uses more water, and requires more inputs, according to a University of Virginia...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Algal-Systems-Less-Efficient-than-Corn-for-Generating-Fuels_24483.html
January 28, 2010
 Bayer CropScience has acquired certain assets and technologies of AgroGreen (Ashdod, Israel) relating to biological development products. The deal adds the biofungicide Shemer to...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Bayer-CropScience-Buys-Biofungicide-Technology-from-Israeli-Firm_24405.html
January 25, 2010
Ford promotes its development and use of soy-based foam for seating in cars. The foam can be 30% lighter than petrochemical-derived alternaitives...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Soybean-based-Foam-for-Automotive-Seats-video_24330.html
January 22, 2010
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has stepped up its inquiry into Monsanto’s licensing practices amid a larger investigation into consolidation of the seeds industry and accusations of anti-competitive practices by the biotech giant. Separately, Monsanto scored a victory over its most vocal critic when a federal court ruled against DuPont in a patent infringement lawsuit challenging DuPont’s rights to stack Monsanto’s Roundup Ready (RR) trait with DuPont’s Optimum GAT trait....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Monsanto-Faces-DOJ-Inquiry-Wins-DuPont-Patent-Suit_24283.html
January 21, 2010
Bioamber (Pomacle, France), a three year old joint venture between DNP Green Technology (Princeton, NJ) and (Agro-industrie Recherches et Développements (ARD; Pomacle), an...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Start-up-Commissions-First-Commercial-Biosuccinic-Acid-Plant_24232.html
January 21, 2010
Novozymes (Copenhagen), an enzymes technology firm, says its operating profit for fourth quarter 2009 increased 16% to DKr 431 million ($81 million), compared to the year-ago period...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Novozymes-Grows-in-2009-Expects-a-Boost-from-U-S-Biofuels-in-2010_24230.html
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