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June 17, 2013
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT; Cambridge, MA) chemical engineers have devised a cheaper way to synthesize gamma-valerolactone (GVL)—a potential feedstock of interest...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/MIT-researchers-devise-cost-efficient-process-to-produce-biosourced-GVL_52860.html
June 17, 2013
Myriant Corporation (Quincy, MA) announced the successful start-up of its 13,500 m.t./year biobased succinic acid plant at Lake Providence, Louisiana, the company's first large-scale...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Myriant-starts-up-Lake-Providence-succinic-acid-plant_52852.html
June 12, 2013
The European Union's standing committee on food chain and animal health has failed to agree on the approval of 3 genetically modified (GM) varieties of corn for use in food and animal...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Reports-European-Union-fails-to-agree-on-approval-of-3-GM-corn-varieties_52757.html
June 11, 2013
UPM (Helsinki) and cellulosic sugar start-up Renmatix (King of Prussia, PA) have entered into a nonexclusive joint development agreement in the area of biochemicals, the companies...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/UPM-and-Renmatix-sign-biochemicals-development-agreement_52746.html
June 6, 2013
The biotechnology trade association in Germany (DIB; Frankfurt) has called for more support from the country's next federal government, to maintain the international competitiveness of...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Germanys-biotech-industry-requests-more-state-support_52574.html
June 5, 2013
Biotech companies in Germany are anticipating a slight increase in sales this year. The positive prognosis was outlined in results of a survey conducted by the German biotechnology...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/German-biotech-industry-anticipates-increase-in-sales_52573.html
May 29, 2013
Amgen (Thousand Oaks, CA), the world's largest independent biotechnology company; and Astellas Pharma (Tokyo), a leading pharmaceutical company, have entered into a strategic alliance...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Amgen-and-Astellas-form-biopharmaceuticals-joint-venture-in-Japan_52348.html
May 20, 2013
The government of Canada will invest in technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in oil sands by converting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions into commercial products, the National...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Canadian-consortium-builds-pilot-plant-to-grow-algal-biomass-using-oil-sands-CO2-emissions_52168.html
April 30, 2013
Biobased farnesene producer Amyris (Emeryville, CA) reported a net loss of $32.3 million for its fiscal first-quarter ended 31 March compared with a net loss of $94.9 million in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Amyris-sales-slide-73-percent-on-shelving-of-biofuels_51616.html
April 30, 2013
Solvay says it has decided to invest an undisclosed sum to build a production unit for the biobased nylon polymer PA6,10 at the company's site at Saint-Fons, France. The plant is...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Solvay-to-build-biobased-nylon-facility-in-France_51598.html
April 30, 2013
Canergy, an advanced biofuels company based in Brawley, CA, says it has chosen Beta Renewables's Proesa process technology for an Imperial Valley, CA, cellulosic biofuels facility...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Canergy-chooses-Proesa-process-technology-for-California-biofuels-plant_51614.html
April 30, 2013
University of Wisconsin–Madison (Madison, WI) chemists have identified an approach to using oxygen gas to convert lignin, a by-product of biofuel production, into a form...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/U-of-Wisconsin-Madison-researchers-identify-way-to-transform-biomass-waste-into-biobased-chemical-feedstock_51589.html
April 29, 2013
International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) and Amyris (Emeryville, CA) says they have agreed to a multi-year collaboration to jointly develop and commercialize a set of biobased...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/IFF-Amyris-sign-biobased-fragrance-ingredients-pact_51582.html
April 25, 2013
Researchers from the University of Exeter,UK, have developed a method to produce biodiesel from E. coli bacteria, the university announced. The technology, which is still being...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/UK-researchers-develop-technology-to-produce-biodiesel-using-bacteria_51438.html
April 24, 2013
Toray says it has successfully made molded components from the partially biobased PBT. Toray Industries announced today that it has successfully produced partially biobased...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Toray-produces-biobased-PBT-plans-commercial-scale-production-unit_51428.html
April 23, 2013
Vertellus Specialties (Indianapolis) has entered into a joint venture with Weifang Green Olive Chemical (Weifang, China) to expand significantly Vertellus's capacity to produce...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Vertellus-JV-to-produce-pyridine-and-picoline-in-China_51372.html
April 22, 2013
SynPol1, a consortium of 8 academic and 6 industrial institutions, has secured almost €7.5 million ($9.8 million) in funding under the EU Seventh Framework Programme to...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Consortium-secures-&euro7-5-million-for-waste-to-biobased-plastics-R-and-D_51327.html
April 19, 2013
Versalis (Milan), the chemicals business of ENI (Rome), has outlined a major transformation program that aims to shift the company's portfolio from one dominated by commodities toward...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Versalis-announces-transformation-plan-mulls-import-of-US-gas_51306.html
April 16, 2013
Cobalt Technologies (Mountain View, CA), a developer of biobased chemicals, says it has completed production of over 100,000 liters of n-butanol at fermentation scale. This surpasses...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Cobalt-completes-successful-butanol-production-run_51208.html
April 15, 2013
Myriant (Quincy, MA) has announced distribution partnerships with BCD Chemie (Hamburg) and Bayegan Group (Istanbul), extending its biobased succinic acid sales in Europe, Mideast, and Africa....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/biotech/Myriant-adds-distribution-partners-nears-Louisiana-start-up_51088.html
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